Interview with Filmmaker Josiah Lydon (STRAWBERRY SMOOTHIE)

STRAWBERRY SMOOTHIE was the winner of BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY at the October 2021 CHICAGO Feedback Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

I wanted to quit being a pathetic loser so I got the idea to make a film about pathetic losers.

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

The film took 9 months, with some considerable lulls in between, due in part to the fact that my home town of Cedar Rapids where the film was made suffered a land hurricane.

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

Unsettlingly quaint.

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

Chris Kroeger was a child every step of the way throughout production, but we can just assume it was for method’s sake 😉

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

“Wow, somebody cared enough to take the time and talk about this?”–It was very honoring and surprising to hear such positive reviews!

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

I started making films when I was around 9 or 10. Knew I wanted to be a filmmaker when I was 11 after watching the “making of” for the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

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

The aforementioned Lord of the Rings trilogy.

8. What other elements of the festival experience can we and other festivals implement to satisfy you and help you further your filmmaking career?

Exposure/bridge building is what I imagine helps anyone in the industry achieve success, so whatever that would mean for a festival would be hugely instrumental. The podcast seems a wonderful way of doing that.

9. What is your favorite meal?

Favorite meal at the moment, cause I go through phases, would probably be tofu and rice served with stir fry. A staple of every days sustenance.

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

Currently working on a very personal short film titled “Hate Yourself” and a documentary (potentially a feature) about a 90 year old woman writer living in Chicago named Bones’, who was the first female ‘copy boy’ at the Chicago Tribune.

By matthewtoffolo

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

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