John Appleton - Nothing Serious
Brooklyn based filmmaker, John Appleton, 26, sat with his ‘fuck-art’ tattoo at Crown Inn on Franklin Avenue and sipped (by sipped I mean slurped) several beers. With a tattoo that read, ‘Fuck Art’, he said, “Yeah, fuck art. It’s the only thing I care about and the only thing I’m gifted at, and it’s something that is not lucrative. I’m willing to take this road, doesn’t mean I’m happy about it”. John views his talent as a curse, and yet, it’s the only thing he can focus his attention on.
John has dedicated all of his time to a film titled, ‘Nothing Serious’. Ironic, yes, not only because everything John does, he takes so incredibly serious, but also because the film is about the serious reality of growing up. John explained, “The best thing is to just write what you know, this is about that break into adulthood”.
John called this cinematic journey a ‘coming out’ experience, but clarified that he did mean it in the sexual way. John expounded that he had been an introvert his whole life, and that this movie helped him come out as a filmmaker, something his dad was not thrilled about; “My father would like me to get a real job. Kids, if you want to piss off your parents, show an interest in the arts”.
John’s experience growing up as an independent adult in New York City has certainly been tumultuous. He said, “When you’re a child, people tell you that you can do anything you want. They forget to tell you that it’s going to be fucking hard”. In his film, the main character is a sheltered, talented and driven young dancer, moving to New York City to become successful (sound like anyone else’s story?). This movie is John’s way of not leaving the city empty handed.