SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?
David Gravely: My name is David Gravely. I serve Chinese food, make music, and film.
SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become an actor?
David Gravely: I don’t necessarily want to be an actor.
SKSM: How did you become involved in The Woman in the Room Dollar Baby film?
David Gravely: I heard of it from someone, so I checked it out.
SKSM: What do you think it is about the story that attracts people so much?
David Gravely: It seems relatable to anyone who has cared for the sick. Also, it’s Stephen King so that helps.
SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?
David Gravely: I auditioned.
SKSM: You worked with Dave Brock on this film, how was that?
David Gravely: Dave is a great guy. I would work with him again. As nice as they get.
SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?
David Gravely: No moment in particular. It had a very familial feeling on set. I was coming to the project from outside of the college, so it was cool to witness that closeness from a different vantage point.
SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?
David Gravely: Dave and I have spoke from time to time online.
Damian Ross was the sound man in residence. Him and I had PA’d together on Tijah Bumgarner’s film Meadow Bridge. I liked Damian a lot, so my film partner Shane Pierce and I hired him to be our sound man on our feature film (It’s Gonna Be A Punk Rock Summer).
It was valuable to meet Damian. He’s a hell of a guy. Good sense of humor and skilled to the max.
SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?
David Gravely: Short Films for mine and Shane’s company called Butter Chicken Pictures.
Also, we had written, casted, and scouted another feature film. We were in fundraiser mode and getting close to shooting the thing when the Covid 19 shutdown happened. Sadly, it put that project on a delay. It’s still in the works though.
Also my band Heavy-Set Paw-Paws have been hard at work recording the last several months, putting new material into the world. Check em out!!
SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?
David Gravely: Yes definitely. I’ve read probably 25 or so of his works.
SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
David Gravely: I have no idea. Haha
SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?
David Gravely: Keep meeting people locally and asking them to share their work. Whether it’s wood- working, stories of being a car mechanic, piano recordings, paintings, etc. Old friends too. Look em up and say hey… Send me something you’re working on.