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Dr. Steeve Coupeau Interviews Directors of 'Olancho' Brooklyn Film Festival 6/13/17

Where do you see the main challenges facing emerging filmmakers?

The biggest challenge in film making is definitely funding. Making movies is expensive and there are so many independent film makers out there now (like us!) and not that many funds. If I could go back and do it all over again, I wouldn't waste as much time on applying to grants and funds.

What do you want viewers to take away from your film?

Manuel's story is unique, but represents so many people who have come to the US from Central America to escape violence. We hope that Olancho complicates the immigration argument.

Dr. Steeve Coupeau Interviews Directors of 'The Northern Cousin' at 3rd Ecuadorian Film Festival in New York, 6/13/17

Where do you see the main challenges facing emerging filmmakers?

Coming from Ecuador, we think that the biggest challenges come from financing. New technology has given us the advantage to access equipment that gives us good results in a sort of inexpensive matter. Yet the concept that this our job easier is very far away from reality.

What is the main takeaway which you hope that viewers would remember about this film?

Making this film was a way for us to reconnect with family that we had lost contact many years ago. If this film manages to have the same effect in our viewers, we would feel that we have accomplished something. We all have loved ones who have faded in our memory, sometimes it's good to bring them back.



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