Interview with director Erez Eisenstein (HOW TO BE ALONE)

Short Film “HOW TO BE ALONE” played to rave reviews at the June 2017 LGBT FEEDBACK Short Film Festival.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Erez Eisenstein: “How to be Alone” was my final project as a film student in Tel Aviv University. When the time came for me to start working on my final project I decided that my script will be an adaptaion of a shorty story. The main reason I made this decision was a previous project of mine that I was very pleased with – a modern adaptaion of “Romeo and Juliet”, which acctualy was the project that got me in the film production program in the first place. And as it turned out, the actress I casted to play Juliet was also the lead in “How to be Alone”…

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

So long… The earliest draft I could find is dated April 29th 2010. February 27th 2012 was the very first day of shooting. The official completion date of the film is November 26th 2015, and the official release date is April 16th 2016.

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

I wouldn’t… Sorry, I Just can’t do it… However, previous film festivals I’ve sent my film to have described it as “wonderful and intellectual” and “thought-provoking”, so I will leave it to you to decide which description is better.

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

Oh, there were so many… I’m so glad that part is over and done with, and now it’s time to just sit back and enjoy the finished product.

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

I was smiling the whole time.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

What film have you seen the most in your life?

Back to the Future.

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

I have absulotly no idea… An israli artist, most likely.

What is next for you? A new film?

I sure hope so.

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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