1. What is your favourite movie and why?
I’ve never had just one. I love films for different reasons and many of my favourites are very different from each other so it is difficult to pick one over the other.
Some of my more contemporary favourites include Melancholia, American History X, Shame, Mulholland Drive, Martha Marcy May Marlene, The Prestige and The Fountain.
As for classics there are too many to list.
2. What drives you as a film maker?
It’s the stylistic elements that drive me the most. Any good film will always start with a great story and script, but the stylistic choices whether music, colour, camera work, etc. are what allow that story to flourish into something greater than the words on the page. What I love about film is that it’s the only medium that can simultaneously showcase every single art form in existence. For example a piece of music can be listened to and enjoyed on its own, but when integrated into a film it may become more powerful. The same goes for any other art form that is present in a film: Costume design, camera, art work, etc. On their own, each of these pieces of art can stand alone but when put together in a stylistic way, the sum is greater than the parts. Film is the only medium capable of fusing together so many art forms.…
Katie Uhlmann is no stranger to red carpets; from MIFFs gone by the Oscars themselves, she has walked and talked on the red with the best of them.
So each year, MIFF is excited when she graces the Gala and brings the world a little bit of MIFF’s indie spirit. Be sure to hit up her YouTube channel to all of her amazing coverage of MIFF2012 and more!…
In oder to provide a platform where Canadians can learn more about our independent film makers, we’ve started a series called “10 Questions”. We’re reaching out to MIFF Alumni to give us their thoughts about Canadian film, the film making process and everything in between…
Our first is Sevé Schelenz, Director/Writer of Skew and runner up in last year’s festival. He’s been kind enough to kick off our series and give us some of his thoughts.
1. What is your favourite movie and why?
Wow, too much pressure. How can you have that “one” favorite movie? Impossible. By the time you say what it is, you instantly come up with another. So, I’ll give you five of my favorites. Jaws, Back to the Future, Star Wars – A New Hope, Terminator, and…and… Raiders of the Lost Ark. For me it’s all about story and characters. All these films have either amazing characters, thought provoking stories, or both. I think another criteria for judging your favorite movie is if you’d watch it again. And I don’t mean just once more, but again and again in years to come. I wouldn’t hesitate to watch any of these films again a year or even 20 years from now. They are instant classics and will definitely stand the test of time.
2. What drives you as a filmmaker?
I absolutely love working in film. I think it is really hard for creative people to live in a world where we need to go to work 5 days a week, 9 to 5, to pay our rent and do all the other mundane things – especially if that work is non-creative. For me, writing a film script is one of the hardest things to do. Yet that is what makes it one of the most rewarding things to do. I absolutely love creating a world that follows my rules and bringing characters in and out of it. Ultimately, I want to reach out to an audience and entertain them. I also need to write. I have so many stories and ideas I want to get down on paper that I would die disappointed if I didn’t. I think the biggest tragedy for any creative person is not trying. To be on your deathbed and say to yourself, “Well at least I tried” and even possibly failing is more rewarding than not trying. I have a message on my phone whenever I turn it on. It says, “Never give up.” I pass these three simple and most powerful words along to your creative readers out there. I urge them to live and die by this rule.
3. Who is your greatest influence and why?
I would imagine my greatest influence, as a filmmaker would have to be Steven Spielberg. In the top five films I noted above, he alone had a large part in three of them. Not only has he written, directed, and produced some of the most successful films …
Every year MIFF relies on an army of volunteers to ensure that the festival runs smoothly. Without our volunteers there would be no Mississauga Independent Film Festival!
This year is poised to be the biggest festival yet, and with a little over 6 weeks before the start of the festival, we need to start recruiting volunteers now.…
Today is indeed the day that the first round of MIFF2012 Official Selection emails go out. Early submitters will find out soonest, and acceptance letters go out before condolence letters go out.
So keep your ear to the ground and your eye on your inbox. Subscribe to the MIFFnewsletter now because the sneak peek at the MIFF2012 Official Selection goes out via newsletter on Monday! If you’re not subscribed by then, you won’t get the sneak peek!…