Interview with Director Aaron Weinstein (SAY WHAT!: A GERIATRIC PROPOSAL)

Short Film played at the June 2017 Comedy FEEDBACK Film Festival in Los Angeles

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Aaron Weinstein: Money. It’s been said time and time again: The easiest way to earn a fortune is by making an animated short about a jazz violinist.

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

About a year. It would have taken 2-3 months, but certain members of the creative team were sidelined by acute psychiatric disorders.

How would you describe your short film in two words!

I had no idea attention span was THIS bad.

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

Finding the correct medication for the members of the creative team who were sidelined by psychiatric disorders so they would feel well enough to be able to complete this short.

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

To be perfectly sincere for the first (and only) time during this interview, I was blown away by the intelligence and insight of the comments. It was very flattering.

Watch Audience Feedback Video: 

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

It’s based on a true story, which I wrote down in my journal after it happened. Upon re-reading the entry, it seemed like the story had potential to be some kind of media project. I brought the idea to Rescue Dog Films ( who agreed to produce it.

7. What film have you seen the most in your life?

Maybe “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure”.

What song have you listened to the most times in your life?

Maybe Lester Young’s recording of “Lady Be Good” or Django Reinhardt’s recording of “Minor Swing.” But also in the running would have to be Shostakovich’s String Quartet #8. Although, maybe something by Benny Goodman or Stephane Grappelli. You know, it’s nearly impossible to say. Oh! Wait, I know! When I was growing up, my brother blasted that Green Day album, “Dookie” on a loop for what seemed like years, so definitely something from that.

What is next for you? A new film?

There’s a lot of concert work and writing. But film-wise, I’m working on a series of animated shorts using light verse that I’ve written. I read somewhere that light verse is considered to be the most hated of all literary genres. So, I thought this would be a good career move.

Interviewer Matthew Toffolo is currently the CEO of the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival. The festival that showcases 10-20 screenplay and story readings performed by professional actors every month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Festival held in downtown Toronto twice a month, and every other month in Los Angeles. Go to for more information and to submit your work to the festival.

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