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Crystal Waterton

Dr. Steeve Coupeau Interviews Crystal Waterton, Director of Decoding Darkmatter featured at the Asian American International Film Festival, 1 August 2017

What is the main thread of the story depicted in the film?

Decoding DarkMatter is a short documentary film about two Asian transgender poetry performance artists: Alok Vaid-Menon and Janani Balasubramanian. It documents their journey from Stanford University, where they began performing together as DarkMatter, to their first large theater production, "It Gets Bitter," at Joe’s Pub in New York City. DarkMatter’s performances are a mixture of art, theater, and poetry.

What are three tools that you wish you knew when you first became involved in the film industry?

First, transcribing is your friend. I thought of it as "busy work," but when I finally sat down and transcribed my interviews word for word, the film came together naturally and with such ease. Second, ask for help. I needed help with sound corrections and reached out to an editor friend and although he couldn't help me, he put me in touch a sound editor I would recommend again and again. Lastly, you can do it. So don't be afraid to document you surroundings, you don't need permission to make a film about what you are passionate about.


Yoel Morales (featured)

Dr. Steeve Coupeau Interviews Yoel Morales Director of ‘Azul Magia’ Featured at the Dominican Film Festival 2017, 3 August 2017

What are three tools that you wish you knew when you first became involved in the film industry?

Three tools are: 1) to know more about scripts, 2) to know more of shooting fight scenes 3) to create special effect scenes. Everything was very intuitive but I expect to be better prepared next time.

What can a person expect when they go to see your film or stream it online?

A Dominican film that’s a bit weird.


Marcos Moreno (pictured)

Dr. Steeve Coupeau Interviews Marcos Moreno, Director of 'Assault to Freedom' featured at the Dominican Film Festival, 8 August 2017

What can a person expect when they go to see Assault to Freedom?

I hope that Assault offers a look about the meaning of Freedom. It is a visual hit about a communist regime that has been in power for almost 60 years and continues to be a benchmark for new models of governance.

Where can interested parties get tickets and information on upcoming performances?

We will communicate news about where to watch the documentary on our website found at: www.assaulttofreedom.com Very soon, our documentary will become an international feature film that will tell this story with great doses of action and drama. You will see some big names on screen. The feature film is in development and we plan to start shooting early 2018.

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