Interview with Sarah Frei "Cycle of Change"


Thanks so much for selecting Ciclo De Cambio as Best Short Doc! We are all so excited and honored to receive such an award. I wish I had time to do a video response but am busy finishing my final semester of undergrad, so a written response will have to do: 

1.     What was your first conscious memory you’d be making films at some point in your life?

It was at some point as a child, probably going to my mom's office where she worked in advertising and meeting all the creative people she produced for. She has always encouraged me to surround myself with people I can be creative with. When I got to college I started asking big questions and some very special people showed me that movies had a way of answering those questions in very telling ways.

2.     Why did you want to tell this particular story?

I really connected with the story and personality of Reina, the main character in the film. She's a young woman with big dreams of making positive change in her community. She's quiet, stubborn, and witty. I could tell from the beginning that her goals were clear and she would do whatever it takes to get there – something that I often feel in my own life.

3.     Where was it made?

The film was shot in San Andrés Itzapa, Guatemala.

4.     Who contributed the most to the success of your film?

My entire crew! Avani Mack, our producer, Cailin Clothier, our editor, Maxime Jean-Louis, our cinematographer, and the amazing support from Actuality Media, Audrey Fancher, Lovinder Gill, and Robin Canfield.

5.     If you could give advice to a filmmaker hesitating on picking up a camera to tell their story, what would it be?

Do the part that comes easiest to you – write it down, draw it, say it out loud, take a photo or get the shot you see most vividly. When you have that down, the additional pieces will follow.

6.     What films or filmmakers most influence you in your lifetime?

Norman McLaren, Charlie Kaufman, Michel Gondry, Noah Baumbach, Hubert Sauper, Errol Morris, Roger Ross Williams. 

7.     What’s your next project going to be?

I'm currently working on an experimental documentary that looks at the mind of young female artist who suffers from bulimia and bipolar disorder.

8.     Your acceptance speech for this film, what would you like to let people know about the film, about you, or about those who helped you in your journey in life?

I'd like to thank all the people in my life who have supported me, believed in me, inspired me, and motivated me. Everything I do will be in thanks to you. Like Reina, I hope we are all inspired to continue learning in any way possible, even outside the classroom. We make the world a better place when we challenge ourselves to keep moving, learning, and growing. 

Thanks again for selecting Ciclo De Cambio in your incredible festival!

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