His production company is called “2 Crackers & a lamp”. He is one of the funniest guys on the block, and he talks with a thick southern drawl. And he is a “whitey white boy” who directs movies primarily for an African American audience. Many people think Chad Hendricks was taken directly from the 1970’s and dropped into today’s world, and they might be right. Hendricks was a man with no clear future, until he found the addicting world of filmmaking. Now, he is one of the foremost filmmakers in Florida- with two of his eight features finding distribution- and it was just because he got the urge to try it out. His cousin was a filmmaker who went through the traditional route of going to film school, but Hendricks knew that school was not for him. He learned everything he knows by serving as a stand in or extra on film and TV sets in L.A. (one of my personal favorites is mentioned in the video interview- you have to watch it to hear about it!). So he wrote a script, bought a camera, and made magic.
Quickly, he figured out that his writing style had a great ethnicity to it, and he enjoyed it and used it to his advantage. Very quickly, he found the versatility that the filmmaking community needed, and pushed it to the extreme. His film, “Kracker Jack’d” has been considered a mix of “Friday the 13th” and “Friday”, which offends some people. But Hendricks doesn’t care. “Some people love it, some people hate it. I enjoyed making it, and I made it for the passion. The crew got a kick out of the experience, and we made some money. All in all, a good day.”
Now, at the ripe old age of 42, Hendricks is trying something new- a film based on his life shot entirely with puppets. “Me and Mrs. Jones” is a film that has been in progress for two years, and he let the film tell him what to do. He now has a bedroom full of eight puppets with coordinating wardrobes, and has been shooting the film periodically throughout 2013. “I can just bring in the needy actors and put them in a booth, the way they do for any cartoon or animation.” he says. He is looking at completing the film in early 2014, editing it himself, and releasing it with hopes of getting distribution.