Interview with Filmmaker Andrés Arias García (INFLUENCER TV Series)

INFLUENCER was the winner of BEST FILM at the November 2021 TV WEB SERIES Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

A couple of years ago, many cities in my home country, Colombia, were submerged in violence. The peaceful demonstrations of all citizens gradually grew into hatred and indignation towards the government until the day a young student who was put in the streets protesting was killed by the police. From there, our society exploded, all fueled by social media. The social networks close to the government did everything possible to divert attention. Then I realized that in any country in Latin America or the rest of the world, it’s urgent to think about the possibility that citizens have been manipulated every day by social media. Consequently, our political participation ends up being a mere illusion. All these questions triggered in me the desire to create INFLUENCER, not only to make a direct criticism about the naive use and hidden power of social networks but also to question the role of young people in today’s society.

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

It was a son that was born quickly. We started writing the project in February 2020 and four months later we won the award with which we got the money to produce it. We shot the series between October and November and finished editing in February 2021. The whole process happened in one year.

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

Exciting disclosure!

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

The pandemic! Just a week into filming, the lead actress tested positive for Covid19. We were scared because the art director, the costume designer, the make-up artist, the other actors, and myself had come into contact with her in rehearsals. Fortunately, no one else in the crew got sick. We had to do a quick casting call to bring in a new actress. Filming was almost canceled, but we managed to get everything resolved.

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

I felt tremendously moved! I remember seeing it one morning while I was preparing breakfast and I confess that I felt deep happiness to know that all this work done by a great team of people provoked so many emotions in the audience, in unknown people who experienced the feelings that we sought to cause with Influencer.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

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

I remember it well. I was 12 years old when I found the camera that my father hid in a closet. Since that moment, I fell in love with telling stories through this magical frame that the camera offers.

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

There are two films… All About My Mother (Pedro Almodovar) and Seven (David Fincher).

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

First of all, we need to make contacts with distributors. It is fundamental to be able to take our films to places where they will pay to see them. But also to create a space to meet producers with money ready to invest in a good project. It will guarantee us to turn powerful ideas into reality.

9. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway. How has your experiences been working on the festival platform site?

Great! It gives you a complete overview of the festivals in the world, so you can know which one is the best for your project and keeps in constant contact with you. I recommend it a hundred percent.

10. What is your favorite meal?

Oh… Sushi. I enjoy this food like any other.

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

I’m writing the second season of Influencer, so I’m looking for co-producers as well. At the same time, I’m writing the script for a feature film, the drama of a musician who manages to compose a valuable work in confinement.

By matthewtoffolo

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

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