Interview with Filmmaker Fabricio Estevam Mira (NO MORE)

NO MORE was the winner of BEST EXPERIMENTAL Film at the February 2022 WILDsound Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

The motive behind the motives is to make contact with someone I don’t know yet. Someone who by watching this film, in the end will have understood the message and this person, if I am lucky enough, will cross my path and we will be able to talk for a few hours. I see the creation of a film or any other art as the generation of a world in itself, and in this world, you are free. Or you try to be.

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

A couple of years or so.

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

Respect yourself.

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

Exhaustion. Physical and mental. The execution of the film took much longer than expected because I wanted to shoot many scenes that were not originally planned. Many ideas came to me and I had to explore them. Throughout the execution of the film I was on a diet and this diet was usually severe. I was extremely weak and dizzy all the time. I was living in my girlfriend’s apartment. I had no capacity for almost anything anymore. My sex drive was completely gone. I stopped producing sperm. My girlfriend broke up with me and I had to live in a semi-abandoned place outside the city with my three cats. My health declined and my ex got a space for me, but not for my cats. So I had to live in the city but take care of my cats out of town every day. To do this I commuted back and forth every day using an old bicycle on a trip that took a little over four hours in total. This was the most difficult time of all. I was exhausting myself to take care of the cats, but I couldn’t abandon them. They were my family.

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

I felt sad. I know that for most people the film may seem visually and soundly impactful, but its strength, for me, lies in the script. In what is said and what is underlying. For the audience there was apparently no text. No meaning. Even when Jesus screams in despair on public transportation after overhearing a candy vendor using God’s name to sell his products, the audience only seemed to have seen a madman screaming. I felt that I failed. At least with them.

Watch the Audience Feedback Video:

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

When I understood that reality was not enough and that through a film I would feel at home. Or almost that.

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

Blade Runner.

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

Look, I believe that your festival is on a level far beyond most. That is why I will separate my observations between your festival and the others. For Wildsound I think the only thing that could be improved is the Instagram page. Explore it a little more. That’s it. You really make people feel like they are making movies, and that, for us, is extremely gratifying. As for other festivals: In general festivals make you think that they are only interested in your money. Of course festivals need money for obvious reasons, but treating filmmakers like buyers of low-quality merchandise on Amazon is humiliating. The whole process is so impersonal that you feel like you just spoke to an automated message. A great void. The human element is totally missing. In many festivals, when you submit your film, you get the feeling that you have prostituted yourself for a meatless hamburger. It tastes like a scam.

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

It was much better than I imagined. Until just before I finished my film I didn’t know the platform and I was very surprised at how practical it was. Very. The only downside: the festivals need to be better monitored. Many seem to exist only there. This needs control. Otherwise, it is a magnificent platform.

10. What is your favorite meal?

In general it is sushi. When I am extremely hungry it is raw liver with English sauce.

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

Yes, a feature film that is already registered. I just need to change some things that I learned that will not work. Shooting this short film was a good school.

By matthewtoffolo

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

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