Interview with Filmmaker Alejandro Aguilera (The Duck and the Donkey)

THE DUCK AND THE DONKEY was the winner of BEST FILM at the 2021 LGBTQ+ Special Festival.

What motivated you to make this film?

I’m a Creative director for PR Queer Film Fest, and for four years I’d been doing efforts around the LGBTTQ community with the line “we need to talk” and this year I wanted to go further. I wanted to talk about real people that need to talk, so I knew David and he told me one thing that’s happen in his live in the 90’s and I wrote around that incident.

This time we talked thru cinema of a real life, we have two more on hold because of the pandemia.

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

I though the idea maybe 2 or three months before the shooting, I found wonderful people such as the director (it was a collaboration of both of us directing the film),

The DP and the actors. We shot everything in one day. The editing was challenging, Larrieu and Alfredo proposed to tell the story (storytelling) from one very interesting angle, and we did it.

I Think the editing is essential, and I love that part.

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

Funny and brave

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

Maybe find the cast, we already have Randall (the bully, my Stepson JejJ), but the other actor was difficult to find, because their parents were very upset to let their child do that kind of character (ironic, that’s why me need to do more films like this), and in the end we found the perfect David.

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

It was great, because when you are into something too much time you loose perspective. When I saw the reactions, the applauses and the emotion of the people, inclusive people from other cultures I thought to myself “we did it”.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

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

As I told you before, I want to give voice to the community. Our next short is also based in a real situation that a good friend of mine witnessed.

In a government office where people you renewed their driving license, the person who worked there didn’t want to take a picture to a trans woman that was in her process of change, the woman asked to clean her face if she wanted to have her license. The people in the waiting room stands up for her.

What film have you seen the most in your life?

Cinema Paradiso and Dawn of the Dead (1978, George Romero) jeje

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

Great, very useful and easy.

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

Un beso y una flor (Nino Bravo)

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