Filmmaker Lamont Pierre’s work has been visible on the pages of Cypher Avenue a lot lately. With the release of Episode Four [embedded below], the FINAL episode of that he calls the “Pre-Season” of his web series “Freefall,” he will now close out Cypher Avenue’s stories for 2012. With the end of new episodes of the series comes a $3,000 fundraiser to help produce more in the future, presumably the money raised will be going to fix some of the issues brought up by commenters on this site.
We’ve been relatively quiet on giving our own opinions of the show after four episodes. However, regular readers probably already know how we feel. And given our long discussion with Lamont Pierre [Interview Inserted After the Break], we’re pretty sure he already knows how we feel as well. Having said that, we look forward to seeing what the filmmaker can do with a fresh start and an actual budget.
So here’s our complete, controversial, NO-HOLDS-BARRED interview with the creator of “Freefall.” We discuss the origin of the series (and its inspiration from Cypher Avenue), the filmmaker’s obstacles of being a gay black filmmaker, how he REALLY feels about the project and how he sees the wretched state of gay cinema and gay filmmakers in general. We’ve transcribed the beginning of the interview and embedded the FULL AUDIO for you podcast/iTunes/mp3 listeners.
[Editor’s Note: Please excuse the sound quality of the interview, we’re working out the kinks for more interviews in the future. Never happen again!]

Ocky: “Freefall” is your latest endeavor, what other web series or film work have you done in the past?
Lamont Pierre: It’s my second web series that I’ve directed, produced and written. I have another web series called “My Brother’s Keeper” that is our signature project and we’ve been doing that web series since 2005. This year will make our seventh year and third season of doing that show. Then I also have a couple short films that I’ve been able to do in the past few years and right now my team is in different stages of developing a few feature films. Including my new feature film, that’s coming out any week now (to film festivals) called “Talking With the Taxman About Poetry.”
Nick: So you were doing web series before web series were cool, right?

Lamont Pierre: You know its funny that you say that because I say that to my team. We were doing web series before it was the genre that it is now. But we don’t get credit for it but it’s cool. We started in 2005 when were also in college. We started putting our content online. Then, maybe two or three years ago, it kinda became this genre that the industry calls “new media”. We went back and started doing season three and adjusted some things to fit the parameters of the new genre.