Interview with Filmmaker Andrew Barahona (I’ll ALWAYS FORGET YOU)

I’ll ALWAYS FORGET YOU played to rave reviews at the May 2022 Under 5 Minute Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

I think we all go through that ONE break up that forever changes us. For good or bad I had that, and I had grown a lot from it. This particular partner is in the same industry as I am. (That being film) And in the beginning I was always afraid of running into her. We had ended in such bad terms. One day, the thought randomly popped in my head. It had occurred to me that I was a completely different person after all these years. So much so, I thought “she probably wouldn’t even recognize me!” And that idea of growing to be someone new spawned the idea for the film.

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

We had made this film during mid late covid, and ironically it was easier to film at restaurants than outside in the public. We had a very small team and took the proper precautions. The film was fast, it had to be due to the circumstances. Overall I am grateful I got to film around such a tough time.

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

Melancholy, and… pretty

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

For sure covid. All the people involved would get tested before and after. That was stressful, luckily in the end no one got infected and we were able to make the film!

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

I loved it. It definitely felt amazing. I was worried it would bore people since the story line was so simple. It was very personal to me and I’m glad people understood that.

Watch the Audience Feedback Video:

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

From the very beginning. As kids we’d steal our dads video camera and film each other. It’s been something that had kept me entertained for years!

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

Scott Pilgrim VS The World. Need I say more?

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’d love to meet the other filmmakers/actors, possibly have a digital meet and greet to hang out and ask questions. Watch the films together digitally. That would be incredible.

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

So far I have learned to make the most out of your experience is to get active festivals. The people who do more than screen, they conduct interviews (much like this) give you feedback and try and get you involved into the process.

10. What is your favorite meal?

Soooo typical but…. A buttery ribeye steak with potatoes and wine is unmatched

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

I’m what I can only describe as a consistent film director. I’m always filming and directing every other month, it’s something that I hope to make a career so I am trying to improve and make as many mistakes as possible!


By matthewtoffolo

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

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