“Derrick Magnum” (EXCLUSIVE) Interview with Jeffrey Scott Richards

2023 July 18

“Derrick Magnum” (EXCLUSIVE) Interview with Jeffrey Scott Richards

-Who is Jeffrey Scott Richards?

Straight up? A storyteller. That can be both narrative or documentary. I just want the story to be compelling.  He is also the director of Derrick Magnum, in festivals now (shameless plug).

-What inspired you to become a filmmaker?

I always had a passion for filmmaking. I used to create movies with my GI Joes when I was 7 years old. What is funny is they weren’t action films. I did Woody Allen style comedy with my GI Joes. 

-Do you think the cinema can bring a change in the society?

Yes, that is why- as someone who is into Christian apologetics- I believe film can convey ideas that we want to get across. Now don’t get me wrong, I think faith based films are garbage but I think you can make a film that appeals to wide audiences that also forces people to deal with worldview issues. My latest film, Derrick Magnum, leads people to debate on whether someone who is “me too’d” can ever find redemption. This is a conversation that needs to be explored. 

-What would you change in the world?

Homelessness, I would also encourage more inclusion, as a Father of LGBTQ kids I want a world that is safe for them. 

-Where do you see the film industry going in the next 100 years?

I dig streaming but I am also a fan of the theatrical experience IF it is done right. You remember what it was like to see Batman 89 in theaters? It was an event. Movies need to be an event again. I think theaters can survive another 100 years if they can figure that out