Interview with Filmmaker Victoria Negri (2 WEEKS)

2 WEEKS played to rave reviews at the January 2021 LGBTQ+ film festival in January 2021.


1. What motivated you to make this film?

Margarita first told me about her idea for her film while we were touring on a short film she acted in of mine called “Paralysis”. I am always moved when people have the bravery to make films that tackle personal subject matter, and Marz’s gumption to boldly investigate her own journey within asexuality spoke to me.

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

The short went through multiple phases. We shot the film and worked on a few cuts over about a year, and then shot did a pickup shoot to fine tune some of the storytelling. I always stress to my collaborators that the most important thing is to make a film that you’re proud of because at the end of the day, that’s what you have to live with. We took our time with this project, and I’m glad we did.

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

Dreamy. Self-discovery.

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

How much exposition an audience needs in the storytelling. Marz and I set out to make this film as dream-like as possible, where Tanya, her character, moves in and out of her internal and external worlds seamlessly. Sometimes audiences couldn’t follow the thread of what was happening, so it was a challenge to ground viewers in Tanya’s experience.

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

First of all, it’s so awesome that you do this! It’s an honor to hear reactions. I was so pleased hearing the specific feedback, specifically Tanya’s experience battling with sex as a huge part of society today and how isolating the experience is — lots of folks talked about the nightmare scene in the bar, which was incredibly important to the film thematically, so I’m thrilled it landed.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

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

Margarita gets all the credit with that! I added a lot of emphasis on pushing Tanya’s interior world to the exterior along with the rest of teh creative team, namely our DP Jesse Sanchez-Strauss and editor/producer Stacey Maltin.

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

Definitely the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I was a massive nerd in high school.

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

All hail FilmFreeway.

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

Impossible to answer. I can only say right now and throughout most of the pandemic I have John Maus’ song “Hey Moon” on repeat.

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

I’m in development of my second feature ULTRA, to shoot this year, and am in post on a documentary I shot this fall about a group of runners who run a day plus relay race in Brooklyn, NY during the pandemic.

By matthewtoffolo

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

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