THE TALK was the winner of BEST PERFORMANCES at the April 2019 Drama Film Festival in Toronto.
Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?
Marlon: Social Media. And seeing all these police videos. Also, Trayvon Martin and Tamir Rice. Their deaths were a big factor in me coming up with the idea of The Talk.
Keisha: I was motivated to make this film by the share impact it will have on those affected as well as give everyone something to think about.
2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this short?
Marlon: I had the idea for The Talk almost a year before actually shooting it. But when I connected with my co-director Keisha, we were able to complete it in about three months.
Keisha: The Talk took only the first quarter of 2018 to complete.
3. How would you describe your short film in two words!?
Marlon: Thought Provoking.
Keisha: Intensely heartfelt
4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?
Marlon: I would say for me, it was finding the right team. I was supposed to complete The Talk sooner then I did but my original partner had to bow out. But when Keisha came on board, she already had a team in place and ready to go. Also, directing and producing at the same time starring in a film. This was my first time doing that. It can be overwhelming. I learned a lot.
Keisha: The biggest obstacle was having to wear most of the hats. Which can be difficult for any film maker.. and yet it’s a valuable tool to have.. so that when you have a strong team to build with, you then know how to communicate appropriately.
5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?
Marlon: Curiosity, excitement, anticipation. Just seeing the different point of views.
Keisha: It’s a conversation starter.. l loved the change in perspective we heard..
Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:
6. How did you come up with the idea for this short film?
Marlon: With the popularity of Social Media, we’re seeing more and more of these police videos. In particular, involved African Americans. Often times unarmed. I thought…as a person of color, how do you prepare your children for what they may encounter and how do you to teach them to protect themselves in those situations. And I just started writing from there.
Keisha: Marlon came up with the amazing storyline. I wanted to help bring it to life.. We brainstormed for a month to see how we could send a strong message.
7. What film have you seen the most in your life?
Marlon: The Matrix is a game changer for me. You can watch it for the action or the Kung Fu. But it’s also philosophical, there are religious undertones in it. There are a lot of hidden gems in that film. I also love Training Day, Pulp Fiction, The Godfather, Fight Club and The Dark Knight.
Keisha: I love the movie BEACHES!
8. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway, what are you feelings of the submission platform from a filmmaker’s perspective?
Marlon: I love Film Freeway. It’s easy to navigate. I’m able to keep track of all my submissions. It’s very convenient.
Keisha: I like that there is no learning curve to the website. It’s so easy to get around.
9. What song have you listened to the most times in your life?
Marlon: That’s a tough question. I’m a big fan of music. It helps me write and brings me places. I’ve gotten so many of my script ideas from listening to music. But growing up, I was a huge Michael Jackson and Prince fan. Most of the songs from the Purple Rain and Thriller albums.
Keisha: Purple Rain By Prince is my all time favorite
10. What is next for you? A new film?
Marlon: I’m currently working on a feature film script. A romantic comedy along the lines of Hitch. And I have an urban drama script as well. I plan on shooting trailers for both films in order to find funding to shoot them. Possibly get it to Netflix or Amazon. Also, I will continue auditioning for more television and movie roles.
Keisha: Definitely, a new film.. 😉