Interview with Filmmaker Kevin Orzel (FIX)

FIX was the winner of BEST SOUND & MUSIC at the DRAMA Feedback Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

The idea for the film came from watching my mother and grandfather deal with the death of my grandmother and the ways it affected their relationship. They both avoided the grief in different ways, but you could tell that they felt connected through it in an unspoken way.

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

Roughly four years. The longest part was the post production.

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

Grief, together

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

The emotional expectations I placed on myself to make it worthy of my grandfather’s memory. He died before it was finished and it was hard for me to look at it objectively, knowing he would never see it.

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

I was moved! All of their responses were so heartfelt and validating. Hearing them open up about how the film affected them made me want to smile and cry at the same time!

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

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

When I was in 3rd grade, my dad helped me make a stop motion film with my Legos for a school project. I fell in love with it and when my teacher told me I could do that for my career, I was

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

That is an incredibly difficult question! Maybe “Into the Spider verse” or “Arrival?”

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

I think FilmFreeway is a great platform for filmmakers to find festivals, especially during the pandemic when in person networking was nearly impossible.

9. What is your favorite meal?

There’s a pizza place in Chicago near where I grew up called Di Nicos. I know I’m biased because I grew up with it, but it is the best pizza ever made in the history of humanity.

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

A new film indeed! I’m in post production on a film called “Battlestations” about a mother and daughter who learn to play make believe to process their emotions.

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