About the Film
"Family Tradition" is a film about reflection, coming together, and the individuality of the human spirit.
The story was born from a generic concept I had been thinking of for some time. It was simply a character study between two people in a compromising situation. I must credit my screenwriter, Michael O'Day, for taking this scenario and turning it into a wonderful story and providing me with such a unique piece of clay to mold visually with living, breathing characters.
Carl Flood was born in 1973 and grew up in Oklahoma. He credits his love of movies back to his childhood where he would ride his bicycle to the local movie theater and see first run films such as: "The Goonies", "Stand By Me", and "Back to the Future". In 2000 he began working on film productions in Oklahoma City as a lighting technician. His first short film, "Superhero", a 16mm black & white film about a man who finds inspiration from a cape, won an Honorable Mention at the OKFilm Indie 2001 film festival in Tulsa, Okla. In 2004 he moved to Los Angeles to further his career as a filmmaker. Continuing his work as a lighting technician, he soon found himself working on the major studio lots as a member of the I.A.T.S.E. Local 728 Set Lighting technicians Union. He has studied acting at the Howard Fine Acting Studio in Hollywood, and received his BFA in Cinema at Columbia College Hollywood in 2010. He also works as a volunteer for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Los Angeles.
In 2008, his silent short film "Tis Wonderful" won an Award of Merit from the Accolade Competition. It has also toured with an International Children's Film Festival and played in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, and Hawaii. The story is about a young boy who finds himself on an adventure filled with storybook heroes. In 2010, he completed his latest short film, "Family Tradition". Shot on 35mm, it is the story of an elderly brother and sister who bury the last of their family, finally coming together in support of one another.
The films that inspired him to be a filmmaker are: "The Goonies", "The Last Picture Show", "Paper Moon", "High Noon", "Swingers", and "The Station Agent".