Interview with Filmmaker Alex Meridy (ANYTHING FOR MY MOTHER)

ANYTHING FOR MY MOTHER was the winner of BEST PERFORMANCES at the LGBT Feedback Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

The story and the emotional connection I have with the piece is what motivates me to make this film. I was raised by a single mother who is also sick when I was growing up so instantly I felt that connection and that struggle living with an underlying illness.

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

Three months pre-production and one month post-production.

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

Emotionally layered

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

Time management for sure. We started around 11am and originally planned to work just after the sunset but then eventually end up filming till 3:30am.

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

Tears! Definitely tears and I’m not ashamed to admit it. It’s the first time our film received such a good live feedback and it’s very helpful. All of the comments and etc are spot on what Anything for My Mother is about and I felt like we did a good job telling this story and it’s objective, theme, and message.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

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

The film is adapted from an original stage play at the Frida Khalo Theatre 10 minute play festival. I was lucky enough to see this play version of the piece and immediately captivate my heart. So I spoke to the writer Giovanni Navarro if he’s interested for me to make a short film version and he said YES.

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

I’m a big movie buff and I’ve seen so many films but I would say the film that I actually watched repeatedly is the TWILIGHT SAGA. Yes, guilty as charge! Team Jacob all the way.

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

FilmFreeway is great! Convenient, user friendly and gives me that one stop shop vibe.

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

Growing up in the Philippines, the songs I normally listens to is Soul RnB and Alternative Rock.

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

Yes, definitely a new film and that’s the goal. I would like to keep creating films about life every year if I can and share it to the world.

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