SKSM: Could you start with telling me a bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?
Adam Hackbarth: I am a writer/producer from Saint Louis, MO. I am currently working on a couple of animation projects, all while shopping around our project, Full-Time Ninjas (see www.fulltimeninjas.com)
SKSM: How did you become involved in Strawberry Spring?
Adam Hackbarth: They were casting for the film and I had met the director before, and I decided that it would be nice to be involved in one of his films.
SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?
Adam Hackbarth: I didn’t have to audition. They picked me out of a crowd because they felt that I had the right look.
SKSM: You worked with Doveed Linder on this film, how was that?
Adam Hackbarth: My work with him was very minimal. He’s a great guy, and I have met with him several times after the experience. A few years later, he sent me a few scripts to read and critique. He’s a talented fella.
SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when you made the movie that you would like to tell me about?
Adam Hackbarth: I remember this day when a huge gust of wind caused one of the trailer/truck doors to swing open and it slammed against a poor bystander. I felt so sorry for her, but the crew acted very swift and very professionally.
SKSM: Is there some part(s) in the film where you now say “I wish that I have done this different”?
Adam Hackbarth: My part was so small that there wasn’t much more that I could have done.
SKSM: What are you thinking of the end result of the film?
Adam Hackbarth: I think it was refreshing to see a short based on something other than the same ole short stories that you see remade over and over again.
SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time?
Adam Hackbarth: Saint Louis is a very tight film community. I see several of the crew members from time to time.
SKSM: What did you do after Strawberry Spring?
Adam Hackbarth: I’ve written/produced works that have appeared on Showtime, Cinemax, FOX, Comedy Central, IFC… and I’ve also been hired to write some very cheap b-movies that have screened all over the world. What can I say? Ya gotta pay the bills.
SKSM: What do you think about the idea that Strawberry Spring is still submitted to Film Festivals after all those years?
Adam Hackbarth: It should. It is a great little short.
SKSM: Are you (or where you) a fan of Stephen King’s work?
Adam Hackbarth: My favorite King book is “On Writing” but film wise, I’m a big fan of Misery, Stand By Me, and The Shawshank Redemption.
SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything else you want to say to the fans that read this interview?
SKSM: Do you have anything you’d like to add?
Adam Hackbarth: Be sure to check out Voltron Force on Nicktoons in 2011.