In the last couple of years, I have produced what I call "The Dead Mall Series," 32 short films and counting about dead malls.
Now, for those of you who are not familiar with what a dead mall is, it's basically a shopping mall that has fallen into hard times.
So it either has few shops and fewer shoppers, or it's abandoned and crumbling into ruin. No sale at Penny's.
I started producing this series in early 2015 after going through kind of a dark period in my life
where I just didn't want to create films anymore.
I put my camera away and I just stopped. So in 2015, I decided to make a short film about the Owings Mills Mall.
Owings Mills Mall opened in 1986. I should know because I was there on opening day.
I was there with my family, along with every other family in Baltimore,
and you had to drive around for 45 minutes just to find a parking spot.
So if you can imagine, that's not happening at the malls today.
My first mall job that I had as a teenager was at a sporting goods store called Herman's World of Sports. Maybe you remember.
Herman's World of Sports. You guys remember that?
Yeah, so I worked in a lady's shoe store. I worked in a leather goods store, and I also worked in a video store,
and not being one who was very fond of the retail arts -- I got fired from every single job.