Diversity is good. Diversity is what makes life interesting. Without diversity all is boring and pointless. No one should be afraid of diversity. Celebrate diversity!
I had the pleasure to interview Filmmaker Alejandro Lubezki. After studying Hispanic Language and Literature at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, he attended several film writing and directing workshops and seminars. He has been a juror in several film festivals, script competitions and short film, documentary and feature film projects. He is also a member of the Organizing Committee of the Morelia International Film Festival since its foundation. He has participated in documentaries, advertising campaigns and television series, has written three feature films and three short films for different directors. He has written and directed ten short films. He received the Best Short Film award at the International Festival of Critics of the Cannes Film Festival in 2002, as well as other international awards, and was nominated for the Ariel and Goddess of Silver in Mexico. His work as a writer and director has been screened in more than 280 international film festivals. Based on the Brazilian film of the same name, he adapted and rewrote, together with the writer Amaranta Argüelles, the screenplay for Si yo fuera tú, which became his debut fiction opera, premiered commercially in Mexico in October 2018, and will be featured at the Hola Mexico Film Festival in Los Angeles the first week of June.
Thank you so much for doing this with us! Can you tell us the story of how you grew up?
-I grew up in Mexico City, very happy, playing with my parents, siblings and friends; learning, having fun, with lots of music, love and hugs. My family have always been inspiring and supportive.
Can you share a story with us about what brought you to this specific career path?
-Since very young we went to the movies. The mother and father of my father were actors in idish theater in México; that influenced my father to act in theater, TV and some films, although he was a psychiatrist. My brother studied cinema and I went to visit or work in every shoot he had to do for school. My mother’s third degree was Literature. All of that combined helped me to decide to study literature, then to write screenplays and after to direct them…
Can you tell us the most interesting story that happened to you since you began your career?
Is amazing to see on screen dialogue and action created by your imagination, and more amazing is when you have the opportunity to direct a team of technicians and performers to believe and play things that originated in your mind…The first short-film I directed was selected to compete in the Critics’ Week in Cannes… and won Best Short-film! I was flabbergasted and overwhelmed…A good friend said it that was the same as being a soccer player, go to the world championship and score in the final game to win the match.
I thought I was not that player who would become a hero, the short-film was the same when it arrived in Cannes and when returned back to Mexico City, the short-film did not change, and neither did I. The award gave this short-film a great opportunity to travel and to be seen by different audiences in different countries –which always should be the goal of a move: that many eyes can see it… My goal then was to try to make another short-film…
Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?
-Some are funny, some aren’t. A lot of things happen at the same time while shooting a movie and mistakes are sudden and uncontrollable, they just happen. Without mistakes there is no learning. Learning from mistakes is painful and can be fun.
If you forget something while preparing your film, it will never happen. Take all the notes you can!
What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?
I am writing a new screenplay. I don’t like to say much until the work is finished, or almost finished.
I’m very interested in diversity in the entertainment industry. Can you share three reasons with our readers about why you think it’s important to have diversity represented in film and television? How can that potentially affect our culture?
-Diversity is what makes life interesting. Without diversity all is boring and pointless.
From your personal experience, can you recommend three things the community/society/the industry can do help address some of the diversity issues in the entertainment business?
-Diversity is good. No one should be afraid of diversity. Celebrate diversity!
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
Have fun and never stop being surprised. If you don’t get scared/nervous/excited of this craft, change jobs.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?
Family and friends. I could not do a thing without them.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
No facebook or twitter, sorry.