Things We Love: Picks from Parker Brennon

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Born and raised in Central Ohio, Parker Brennon is an award-winning filmmaker whose next short film,

"Haunt Me," begins local production this August. He raised over $9,000 for the project through the crowdfunding website Kickstarter. The short film follows a young outsider named Angie who hopes to find a ghost at a bed and breakfast in Columbus. Here are a few things he loves.

1970s Horror Films

The '70s were an interesting time for western cinema because the Production Code (a set of moral guidelines applied to most major studio films between 1930 and 1968) was no longer enforced. To help me find inspiration for my upcoming project, I've been watching films such as "Halloween," "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and "Let's Scare Jessica to Death." All three of these movies struggled with small budgets, yet the directors made interesting and memorable films.

The "It Follows"film soundtrack

I'm a big fan of "It Follows," and Disasterpeace's work as the composer made me fall in love with him. I've seen so many horror films that when I hear music that is brilliant and fresh, it's so exciting! I'd list my favorite tracks, but I have at least five of them so that's probably a bit much.

Marcus Crosswoods Cinema

I've spent the last few years at film school in San Francisco, and going to the movies there is quite expensive. Whenever I'm back home in Ohio, my best friend and I go to the movies at Marcus Crosswoods because it has great admission discounts on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We recently saw "Lights Out," which was beautiful and entertaining.

PJ Harvey

She's one of my favorite musicians of all time. I've been listening to her albumIs This Desire?almost every night while I work on my endless to-do list for the short film. I remember the firsttime I heard her song "The Wind." It resonated with me in such an incredible way. It wasprobably then that I realized she's a genius.

Graeter's Ice Cream

I grew up within walking distance of a Graeter's in Gahanna. Sometimes I get a big craving for one of their chocolate malts because it's not often that I can enjoy one. I also love going there to pick up an ice cream cake for a family birthday.