Interview with Filmmaker Erik Dronberger (FACE THE CANNONBALL)

FACE THE CANNONBALL played to rave reviews at the June 2020 LGBT Film Festival.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Erik Dronberger: Friends of the LGTBQ community, I wanted to share an experience that people could relate to, so people know they aren’t alone.

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

– About a year for the idea to develop into the finished product, most of which was spent writing.

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

– Courageous banter.

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

– Discovering Donnie as a character and bringing him to life.

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

– I was astounded and delighted. I wasn’t expecting such positive feedback, it felt great knowing that people connected with Donnie.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

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

– I imagined a cruel experience for Donnie and how he might reflect on it.

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

– The Holy Mountain

8. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway, what are you feelings of the submission platform from a filmmaker’s perspective?

– I was happy to get into the festival, so it worked out for me.

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

– Grateful Dead – Ramble on Rose

10. What is next for you? A new film?

– I have a couple of films I want to make: one is about a homeless musician, and the other is a bit lighter and is about a marriage proposal gone terribly wrong.



By matthewtoffolo

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

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