Interview with Filmmaker Nubar Alexanian (RECIPE FOR DISASTER: GREEN CRABS IN THE GREAT MARSH)

RECIPE FOR DISASTER: GREEN CRABS IN THE GREAT MARSH was the winner of BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY at the June 2020 Documentary Film Festival.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Nubar Alexanian: For more than four decades I’ve been living along the Great Marsh in Massachusetts and I’ve come to know and love it as both a fisherman and a photographer. I was shocked in June 2017 when I found out that invasive green crabs were decimating this profound and delicate ecosystem, and dismayed to discover that very few people knew about it. Making this film is my attempt to bring attention to this critical issue by creating a narrative experience of what’s actually going on – not just in my back yard, but along both coasts of North America and beyond.

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

18 months.

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

Ecological Catastrophe

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

Shooting a local story means wanting to shoot constantly. So we ended up with an enormous amount of footage.

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

The comments affirmed the reasons for making this film.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

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

Honestly, I think the subject chose me. When this happens, I just have to keep up with the content until I find the film.

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

The Matrix

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

Making documentary films of any length is an arduous process. Filmfreeway life easier because it’s a huge help in getting our film into the world.

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

My Sweet Lord by George Harrison

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

Scars of Silence
(working title)
Three Generations From Genocide
A Film by Nubar and Abby Alexanian

Logline: An Armenian-American father and daughter set out to understand the powerful legacy of genocide and the ways that a century of silence and denial has shaped their family and themselves. When your family’s brutal past is denied, how do you make sense of the present.


By matthewtoffolo

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

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