LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Brian Brodeur spoke with independent filmmaker Francis Hibbs via video conference as the pandemic took hold in New Jersey. Hibbs remembered his father, who he lost due to COVID-19. He also shared his perspective about the current landscape for filmmakers as well as information about his latest project, City of Dreams. 

Hibbs took a moment to talk about the influence his father had on his life and career path. Filmmaking “runs in the blood,” Hibbs said. His grandfather did lighting for New York theater productions and his father also worked in the film industry. “He was the first one to put a camera in my hand,” Hibbs said. 

In his Toms River, NJ neighborhood, Hibbs said the pandemic has greatly impacted daily life. “Lots of people for the most part take it seriously,” he said, but, “you have an equal amount doing the opposite.” Some activities, like construction, continued on as normal, he said. 

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Hibbs’ latest project, City of Dreams, finished its festival run just before the pandemic hit. Produced under his production company, F1 Films, City of Dreams is about a corrupt, strung out detective facing his demons and his corrupt partners in a culmination of insanity and regret. 

At this time of transition, Hibbs pondered about what the future might hold for the filmmaking industry. “I think people are going to be eager to get back to the theater,” said Hibbs. “As filmmakers, we’re always going to be creating, there’s always going to be a market for us. It’s just going to be a different landscape.” 

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