deadCenter 2020: Q&A with directors and writers Jim Hanft and Samantha Yonack 

click to enlarge After So Many Days is available to stream 10 a.m. June 11 to 11:45 p.m. June 21 at deadcenterfilm.org. - AFTER SO MANY DAYS / DEADCENTER FILM FESTIVAL / PROVIDED
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  • After So Many Days is available to stream 10 a.m. June 11 to 11:45 p.m. June 21 at deadcenterfilm.org.
Oklahoma Gazette: How did you meet, and when did you start making music together?

Jim Hanft and Samantha Yonack:
We met at a friend's comedy show and a week later wrote our first song together.


OKG: What's the story of After So Many Days? What made you decide to play a show every day for a year and film it?

Jim and Sam:
Feeling stuck and anxious about the future of our career, we decided to do something drastic to reignite our love for performing and hopefully build a real following at the same time. When we started out, we didn't know if it would be a film or a series etc; however, we knew we wanted to document our journey and tell the story.


OKG: How did you decide where to play? Was it all planned out? Were some venues spontaneous?

Jim and Sam: When we set out on the tour, we had roughly the first 70 days booked at mostly traditional venues and a few house concerts. We started with our fans and prior relationships we had built with venues and promoters from touring in the past. To see how we found the other venues, you'll need to watch the film :)


OKG: Where was the most interesting place you played?

Jim and Sam
: This question has many answers, as every day something interesting happened. Off the top of our head, we were traveling to Sweden and had a 24-hour travel day. Knowing we needed to perform a show, we found a group of TSA agents eating lunch and asked if we could sing them a few songs. What started out as an awkward interaction with complete strangers ended up being a really heartfelt, intimate performance and conversation with some amazing people.


OKG: Are you planning to do more tours like this one?

Jim and Sam:
Ask us in 10 years! That said, we will always be touring.


OKG: How did you make After So Many Days? Did you hire a videographer and someone to put it all together into a story?

Jim and Sam: The two of us filmed every single day with whatever camera was closest to us. About 100 days in, it started to feel like the camera had become a member of the band We also had a few incredible cinematographers (like Mike Zwahlen) join us a few days here and there along the way. When we completed the tour, we recruited our friends Kyle Weber and Natalia Anderson to join us in shaping the film.


OKG: What do you want audiences to take away from After So Many Days?

Jim and Sam: We hope After So Many Days inspires someone somewhere to find and embrace something they are passionate about and pursue it all the way, no matter what.

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