Interview with Filmmaker Mike Machian (BUZZ Pollen Nation)

BUZZ Pollen Nation, 9min., USA, Documentary
Directed by Mike Machian
Bombus occidentalis, the Western Bumblebee, was one of the most common species found in the western US. Since the late 90’s, this species has experienced steep decline. Kellie Hayden volunteers her time to help track and conserve native bumblebee species.

Get to know the filmmaker:

1. What motivated you to make this film?

I had known Kellie for a few years and she had been sharing her journey to citizen scientist on social media. Like most of my documentaries i thought “this is neat, other people should know about this.”

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

Oh, I dunno, 9 months? From first shot to completion about 6 months.

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


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

Health, we got covid at different stages and I was dealing with a badly sprained knee and a broken healthcare system.

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

I got excited when they got excited.

Watch the Audience Feedback Video:

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

When other kids were playing sports I was playing with the family camcorder and hooking 2 VCRs together to make edits.

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

Star Trek II the Wrath of Khan

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

Can’t think of anything.

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

FilmFreeway has made the process easier. I submit to many more festivals because of that.

10. What is your favorite meal?

My last one.

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

Pressing send on this email.


By matthewtoffolo

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

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