Interview with Filmmaking team of the short film IT TAKES A LEMON

IT TAKES A LEMON played to rave reviews at the August 2021 FAMILY Film Festival.

Curtis Gilbert – Writer
Zuri Gilbert – Writer
Corey J. Gilbert – Director

1. What motivated you to make this film?

Corey: The script was written by my brother, Curtis and my 12-year old niece, Zuri. And the original story written and conceived by Zuri. No brainer, I had to produce this film.

Zuri- Me and my family were on vacation and I just had the thought that I wanted to make a movie because I knew that my dad worked with those kinds of things and would know what to do.

Curtis- When Zuri came to me and said she wanted to make a movie, I was very excited because I could hear in her voice how serious she was. To be able to share in the creative process of making a film with my daughter was a dream come true.

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

2 years.

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

Corey: True friendship

Zuri- Lemonade Stand.

Curtis- Unexpected Healing.

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

Corey: Always budgeting – securing it and making it work. I always avoid asking people to work for free, when possible.

Zuri & Curtis: The biggest obstacle was finishing the script.

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

Corey: Extreme gratitude that smart, thoughtful people took the time to not only watch our film, but offer deep, meaningful insights and feedback.

Zuri- Excitement.

Curtis- Fulfillment. So much work and thought went into every aspect of this short film, so hearing positive feedback from folks who were able to watch it brings great joy.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

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

Corey: When I saw the movie “Platoon” because it was a story about my dad.

Zuri- I realized that I wanted to make a film because I had the idea for a movie and wanted to put it on paper.

Curtis- When I was 12 years old my dad brought home a beta camera from his office. I have no idea why but, when I got my hands on that camera I immediately started making films. And although they were terrible, at least I realized what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

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

Corey: Probably a tie between “The Thin Red Line” and “Fight Club”

Zuri- Oceans Eleven

Curtis- Planes, Trains and Automobiles.

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

Corey: I love Filmfreeway. It is the best way for independent filmmakers to find relevant festivals for their films. It is easy to use, it consistently sends informative emails beyond just status changes to my submissions, and I couldn’t live without it.

9. What is your favorite meal?

Corey: Spaghetti

Zuri- Sushi.

Curtis- Chili

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

Corey: I’m producing and directing a new short film called “Exile.” And I just completed production on a feature film, also called “Exile” but no relation, where I am producer.

Zuri- I recently sent my uncle a new script for another short film.

Curtis- Hopefully another short film with my daughter.


By matthewtoffolo

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

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