Interview with Filmmaker Zoe Edwards (AGAPE)

AGAPE was the winner of BEST FILM at the April 2022 EXPERIMENTAL/DANCE Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

The motivation to make this film came from a combination of places. Once I saw the actual film “If Beale Street Could Talk”, between the score by the amazing composer Nicholas Britell, the beautiful storytelling from Barry Jenkins and the captivating visuals, I somehow saw space for movement and wanted to see how I could keep some of the essence of the original film while still focussing on movement. The other motivation came from wanting to see Black love in an intimate, romantic and playful way, something I felt was lacking from the majority of the movies and tv I was consuming but then have that translate through my craft of dance.

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

The idea for this short dance film essentially came to mind right after seeing the film in 2018 and was something I held onto until I had the time to bring it to fruition. So, from conception to completion, four years.

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

Profound and pure.

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

The biggest obstacle was ensuring I had enough funds to get it completed. The expenses definitely add up so budgeting was super important.

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

My initial reaction was combination of shock, awe and gratitude. To hear how the film resonated with people and how they were able to absorb and understand what was the film was trying to convey meant everything to me and is what I think most artists want when they create and share something.

Watch the Audience Feedback Video:

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

I don’t think there was a specific moment for me, it’s more so about using dance to tell a story in combination with the medium of film if appropriate.

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

Oh my, probably Bend It Like Beckham or Love & Basketball. Both are by two amazing female directors.

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

Honestly, I think providing more resources for funding is something that could be considered. Whether it’s grants or independent funding, artists need money to get their projects off the ground so they can create and share as freely as possible.

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

It was super easy to use and navigate, I also love the variety of festivals available.

10. What is your favorite meal?

Lobster with melted butter and garlic bread or anything Caribbean.

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

Creating the things that my heart and soul want and if that ends up being another film then so be it.


By matthewtoffolo

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

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