What’s in a name?
A big heap of confusion, apparently, if you happen to be in the biz and have the same moniker as another industryite.
For writer-director Kirk Jones, mistaken identity has become a common occurrence. Several years ago, the U.K. native noticed that he was being credited on IMDB with creating the soundtrack for the Eminem biopic “8 Mile.” His credits had been mingled with those of actor-rapper Kirk “Sticky Fingaz” Jones.
But the Brit helmer did work to disentangle his filmography from that of the Brooklyn-born multi-hyphenate.
“At the time, there was a lot of friction between rappers,” he recalls. “I got paranoid about someone breaking into my hotel room and taking me out because they thought I was the other Kirk Jones.”
Complicating matters was a third Kirk Jones, a Canadian documaker who edited and directed a number of pics in the 1950s and ’60s. To this day, some of the Canuck Jones’ credits are listed under the Brit helmer’s entry on Studio System, one of the major industry databases.
Still, he feels he could clear up some of the mess by collaborating with Sticky Fingaz.
“We could call it a Kirk Jones production in association with Kirk Jones,” he jokes.
(Ironically, Kirk “Sticky Fingaz” Jones also had a movie open Dec. 4: “Breaking Point.”)
Documaker Alan Berliner — not to be confused with “Ma Vie en Rose” director Alain Berliner — made a 2001 film, “The Sweetest Sound,” in which he assembled 12 people who share his name for an exploration of the influence of one’s monicker on his or her identity.