Interview with Jason Flakes (HEAR CONGO)

HEAR CONGO played to rave reviews at the January 2021 Under 5 Minute Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

When I was initially informed about this organization I was asked to help with creating a feature length documentary. I thought what was happening there was so interesting and what was being done to help the Congeles was amazing. So I wanted to make a short film that was separate and different from the feature. I felt that there was a story that needed to be told.

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

This project was 30 days planning 12 days filming. So 42 total.

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

Thought Provoking

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

Prioritizing the focus of the film. There were so many directions and stories to tell about this one subject so it was difficult to focus on just one.

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

It was amazing! This is my first film festival. It was very humbling to hear people speaking about something you created. To know that you designed certain sequences to have a certain emotional response and that you achieve it is a great feeling.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

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

This is one of those films that unfolded when I arrived in the Congo. The more I learned about what was going on there the clearer the story became.

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

Lol I hate to say it but Transformers the live action film.

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

Film freeway was simple and easy to use. The submission was flawless.

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

Lost by Coldplay

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

I am working a an experimental film currently called Rassisme.

By matthewtoffolo

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

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