Interview with director Mary Gerretsen (ORANGE YOU GONNA DANCE WITH ME?)

Mary Gerretsen’s short film “ORANGE YOU GONNA DANCE WITH ME?” played at the first ever LA FEEDBACK Film Festival in 2016.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Mary Gerretsen: I wanted to make this film because I love comedies and I wanted to showcase old people in a bizarre romantic scenario. So often older people are seen as a grandparent in films, I wanted to change that.

MT: From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?

MG: It took me a month to make this product.

MT: How would you describe your short film in two words!?

MG: quirky romance

MT: What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

MG: The biggest obstacle I faced in making this film was the heat. One of my actors had prostate cancer and had just taken some medication that caused him to sweat profusely. We were able to make him as comfortable as possible but was defiantly a concern, in terms of his comfort and the amount of shots we could take.

MT: What were your initial reactions when watching the Toronto audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

MG: It was such an amazing feeling to see people respond to my film. Their feedback was super helpful and went above and beyond my expectations.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK of the Short Film:

MT: How did you come up with the idea for this short film?

MG: I came up with the idea for this film by starting with the idea of an orange falling out of the sky.

MT: What film have you seen the most in your life?

MG: Stand by Me

MT: What is next for you? A new film?

MG: I’m about to go into production on a short documentary called 7/8ths of the way there. Its an intimate look on death and life after loss through the Martin family.



Interviewer Matthew Toffolo is currently the CEO of the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival. The festival that showcases 20-50 screenplay and story readings performed by professional actors every month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Festival held in downtown Toronto, and Los Angeles at least 2 times a month. Go to for more information and to submit your work to the festival.

By matthewtoffolo

Filmmaker and sports fan. CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival

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