“How taken aback was I? I think my first words were: ‘Well, shit.’”
When Carey Head’s directorial debut, Clocking Out, won the grand prize at the 2015 48-Hour Film Festival, he and his team were stunned.
No one reacted for several seconds. The stage remained empty, the announcer holding out the trophy, waiting for the winner to collect their prize. After all, this was Carey’s first film. He and his team, titled “The Queen’s Miscreants”, had just beat out a number of experienced filmmakers; how?
“One of my favorite things about Clocking Out is the simplicity with which it tells a basic tale: it’s a story about a man struggling to maintain his inner joy in the most mundane of circumstances (work), until he is free to find his own happiness at the end of the day.”
The story of this short film is definitely one to which many can relate. And Carey Head is no exception.
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Carey’s always been a storyteller. As a teen, he and his cousin would make “simultaneously terrible and incredible” short films with his grandfather’s VHS Camcorder. “I think we created ‘Sweded’ versions of Raiders of the Lost Ark and Rambo twenty years before Be Kind Rewind came out. Sadly, the movies were taped over by my mom in favor of Remington Steele.”
In college, Carey continued to grow creatively, becoming involved in theater acting, directing, and stage production. Then, the journey came to a halt. For twenty-three years, Carey found himself working in I.T., the result of an all-too-familiar need to “be employable”.
“I felt incredibly stifled during the nine to five days. I still had ideas and a strong desire to create, but felt stymied. My love has always been for the collaborative and comedic, and it was impossible to get anyone to join my madness.”
On his fortieth birthday, Carey made a bucket list for the year, which he titled, “the Four-Oh Project.” As a result, he took a beginner improv class in April of 2013 with Charlotte Comedy Theater (CCT).