Interview with Filmmaker Edgar M. García (La Ráfaga)

La Ráfaga was the winner of BEST SOUND & MUSIC at the LGBT Feedback Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

I wanted to tell the stories of the voices that were ignored after Hurricane Maria- the LGTBQ Community was very much ignored in all fronts- health and daily well being. Lots of lonely struggles. A lot of older LGBTQ survivors of the disaster were left with no roof, no care, no one to look after them. The younger Queer community had nowhere to go to express themselves or live their regular lives and the displaceent led to having to become someone else to survive, someone that was not their true self.

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

The short took a few months of thought, but it cooked in my head for over a year, the more time passed after September 2017, the number of victims kept growing and more stories about the LGBTQ communitiy came to the surface.

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

Painful Truth

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

A number of people left the project when they thought it was too queer. There was little support offered when we asked as we began post-production.

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

As I mentioned in an international panel before- The love the film has received around the globe has overshadowed the struggle to make it.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

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

Friends and family who went through some of the narratives that ended up in the film.

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

Annie Hall by Woody Allen.

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

I love FilmFreeway- they have given us a lot of support and a terrific platform to connect to the world.

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

Sonido Bestial by Ricardo Ray and Bobby Cruz (old Salsa)

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

Two new films – a featurrette challenging the value religious institutions assign to gender and a full lenght feature about human trafficking in the Caribbean.

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