INFECTED played to rave reviews at the April 2021 Dance & Music Film Festival.
1. What motivated you to make this film?
I’ve been getting increasingly frustrated and angry with the events unfolded over the past decade. The denial and self-delusion of so many close friends and family members over what is really happening was eye-opening and traumatic to me, as well as to other like-minded people I have found in these troublesome days. Metaphor has always been a tool I wield effectively. I’m generally a lot more convincing using symbolism than when I try to verbally persuade people. So, since my spoken logic didn’t seem to be getting through to so many in my old social circles, I figured I’d use art instead and maybe try to expand it beyond those circles if I could.
2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this short?
I wrote and recorded the song with the band in September 2019, in Madrid, the lyrics where something I’d been mulling over for some time. When I returned to Minneapolis in October, and started working remotely on the sound production with Chano (drummer and sound engineer of the band,) the concept of the video started to take shape. I began formally working on it in June, 2020 but was busy with my actual day job as well as some activism, so I mostly did the research and gathering of the photographic assets. I really went full-steam on it on September 2020, almost one full year after recording the song, and finished in November.
3. How would you describe your short film in two words!?
4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?
Trying not to waste too many hours looking for the perfect photography. When you’re doing static collage work, it’s a little more freeing to be able to let the photography take you places you hadn’t planned, but with collage in motion, I often found myself stuck trying to find the same face photographed from different angles and with variations in expressions so I could cut different shots in the editing process. It was one of those examples of the struggle between wasting too much time on perfectionism vs cutting too many corners and falling short.
5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?
I was surprised, first, that it was so positive, but more importantly, I was very pleasantly surprised at the amount of detail they picked up on, it really told me they had engaged and that was very moving to me.
Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:
6. When did you know that you wanted to make movies?
When I was 11
7. What film have you seen the most in your life?
Taxi Driver, although it’s not my favorite. I like it, but it’s not among my top favorite movies.
8. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway, what are you feelings of the submission platform from a filmmaker’s perspective?
The user experience is pretty good, and I love the fact that it was able to resist and defeat Withoutabox, the other large film festival online platform which had been bought outJeff Bezos, who’s business I don’t patronize b/c I feel he is one of the most noxious and destructive forces in our world today.
9. What is your favorite meal?
I like different cuisines too much to be able to pick a single favorite 🙂
10. What is next for you? A new film?
Maybe, but I may switch to either live-action, or documentary this time.