After co-authoring several books with writing partner Diane Lang, Buchanan tried his hand at cinema.
“I started into screenwriting with the story of the lost Confederate gold,” Buchanan said. “That screenplay led to the formation of Tin Roof Films.”
Now retired after 30 years as an educator, Buchanan, Lang and two partners form the backbone of the film company.
One success has been “The Fat Boy Chronicles,” a film version of the popular novel written by Lang and Buchanan.
That movie has been seen by more than a million people on Netflix alone and rose to no. 6 on Redbox’s family film list last year.
Tin Roof just wrapped filming of “Boxes,” the story of a family who allows a homeless relative to move in with them and what a son learns from that experience. Some of the scenes have been shot in Roswell.
“The story came from when I used to teach. The day before we broke for Thanksgiving break, I would read ‘Grandfathers Corner,’ a Grimm’s fairy tale, to my students,” Buchanan said. “The theme of that story is about how we treat folks who might need a hand.”
A year or so ago, he wrote a short screenplay based on that story, but modernized it.
“My take on it is that it seems to be very easy for many to think negatively of a person who may not be in the same position in life. We tend to forget that with a few bad breaks, many of us could be that homeless person,” Buchanan said.
In doing research for the film, he visited several shelters to get a feel for the atmosphere. “I saw people in line who could’ve been my neighbor. We stereotype ‘homeless’ into something that they brought on themselves. Seems like I read somewhere that how we treat the least among us has worth and meaning.”
“Boxes,” a 15-minute short feature, will be offered to nonprofits to use as a discussion starter and as a fundraiser.
“Those of us associated with it - Jason Winn, director, producers Scott Seeke and Julie Watson, and the actors - will make appearances with the film if possible. I feel certain it will do the festival circuit as well,” Buchanan said.
Tin Roof currently has several other screenplays ready for production, including “Bait and Tackle,” set at a bass fishing tournament.
For information, go to www.tinrooffilms.com.