Interview with Filmmaker Manuel Gübeli (BEING SASCHA)

BEING SASCHA was the winner of BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY at the May 2021 LGBTQ+ Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

I’m interested in projects that challenge my way of thinking. I want to personally evolve with every project I’m doing. And I think Sascha and Saschas Story let me no other chance than doing that.

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

One and a half year.

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

Being Sascha.

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

The super limited timeframe in which we had to realize the project.

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

I felt joy and gratitude. To see that the film we put so much work and love in finally is moving people… I mean, that’s is just everything.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

6. When did you realize that you wanted to make films?

One of the standout moments was when I first saw Shortbus by John Cameron Mitchell. I instantly knew: If I’ll ever be able to create a work that moves someone in a way this film had moved me, my time would have been well spent.

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

Shortbus. This film still touches me on so many different levels. Second most: Magnolia by Paul Thomas Anderson. A masterpiece of a film.

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

Gladly I have a producer who handles this part.

9. What is your favorite meal?

Potatoes and cheese in every combination.

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

I am currently thinking and writing – a novel, a screenplay, a film maybe. Or to put it short: I have no clue yet.

By matthewtoffolo

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

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