Interview with Filmmaker Alysha Margert Dymock (LOVE DOESN’T EQUAL SEX)

LOVE DOESN’T EQUAL SEX played to rave reviews at the March 2022 LGBTQ+ Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

I found out what asexuality was when I was 12 years old and sorta officially took on that identity at 14, it was always something that made me feel strange and different than the rest of my friends, I had friends who said I was just practising absence and friends who really just didn’t believe what I was talking about to be true. I was 18 and in college before I felt as if people really understood what I was talking about or at least were willing to listen to me in a way that didn’t feel dismissive. When my teachers told us the assignment was to make a pitch for a documentary, I felt as if this was my time to say something and while I never expected my pitch to get picked, I felt passionate about the topic.

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

It took around 9 months it was a written pitch of April last year and then we had a complete version in December

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

Hopeful, Informational

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

Unfortunately, a lot of the obstacles were with the teachers we made the film with, and with Asexuality, a lot of people don’t understand and some chose not to.

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

I started to watch it with A bit of anxiety, Due to the fear of how people will react to me generally, when watching reactions it was really eye-opening to see how people thought about something that I and my friends made to try and show to people that Asexual people matter. As the audience feedback started to come in, i then felt overwhelmed with this feeling of support and it hit me that this mattered to someone more than just me and other asexual people. That other person could watch this and feel the same way that i did, the frustration the shock and then the feeling of heartwarming when we can prove that we are moving forward.

Watch the Audience Feedback Video:

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

This answer is going to sound very dumb, I guess I wanted to make films when I watched the Percy Jackson movie and hated it so much i wanted to change it.

After that, i fell into this world of media and how media can change you and affect you, that a good movie can make you feel something in yourself that you didn’t realize before.

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

Crazy Rich Asians

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

I don’t really know this is sorta my first experience

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

It’s been pretty good it’s fairly straightforward to use which is helpful for me.

10. What is your favourite meal?

Chicken nuggets

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

I just wrapped as production designer on a studio drama called Resistance set in 1942 Czech about a gay couple and the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich

By matthewtoffolo

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

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