Interview with Filmmaker Emily Feng (CARLITOS)

CARLITOS played to rave reviews at the November 2020 Under 5 Minute Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

Growing up in a traditional household, I’ve always questioned the role of “femininity” and “masculinity”. I have always wanted to make a film that explored gender roles. stereotypes, and traditions.

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

It took me about 2 months to get through pre-production, shooting, and getting a rough cut. After a hiatus of a couple more months, I reconnected with the film to finalize the edit.

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

Heartwarming. Passionate.

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

The language barrier as I was not fluent in Spanish.

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

I was nervous at first, but the feedback I received was insightful and helpful.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

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

When I learned about the culture of machismo when I traveled to Havana, Cuba, where ballet is very popular, I had the idea to make a film exploring the life of a young male ballet dancer.

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

I watch Spirited Away every year!

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

It was very easy!

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

Not sure, my taste changes all the time!

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

I want to make more documentary shorts that explore topics I’m passionate or curious about and stories of the average person that is often untold.

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