Expanding on Below the Lines‘s popular Directors Series, senior writer/film editor, Mary Ann Skweres, and writer/cameraman, Bob Bayless, go behind the scenes at the LA Film Festival (June 13-23) to talk on-camera to directors about how their crew helped bring their films to the screen. Despite the short shooting schedules and tight budgets that are the norm for independent films, these filmmakers, and their dedicated casts and crews, have won screenings at one of the most competitive film festivals in the world. Follow this week’s daily Below the Line Director’s Series and then catch the films showing through June 23 at the Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14 in downtown Los Angeles.
Below the Line’s LAFF Video Director series is sponsored by Sony and Lightworks owned by EditShare and produced in association with DreamStar Film & Music.
My Sister’s Quinceañera – Small Crew, Big Heart
Shot with a crew of six and a cast of non-professional actors, My Sister’s Quinceañera is a naturalistic and sensitive telling of Hispanic family life in small town Iowa. As man of the house, big brother Silas (Silas Garcia) helps his single, working mom by caring for his younger siblings. Feeling trapped and wanting more from life, he struggles to find his future on his own terms.
Director Aaron Douglas Johnston shares his experiences shooting the film with Below the Line. His film is screening Tuesday, June 18, 7:50 pm (72 min.) at LAFF.
Sanne Himmereich, line producer, art director
Rianne Ebeling, line producer, art director
Hayo Van Gemert, cinematographer
Luuk Hoogstraten, sound recordist, sound designer
Xander Nijsten, editor, sound recordist
Claas Meier, sound edit assistant,
Bob Aronds, sound edit assistant
Vincent Sinceretti, sound mixer
Remi Lindenhovius, AVP, color grader
Juho Nurmela, composer
Alekos Vuskovic, composer