July 2, 2019 avander

Spar screening at CineShots

Can one find their place and fall in love while kicking someone’s ass? We weren’t sure about it either. Well, not before seeing Spar anyway.

Anthony Vander, the writer, director and producer behind this powerful short opened up to us about his thoughts and dreams.

There is an ad in a newspaper with your photo in it. What does it say?
Filmmaker on a mission. Join the revolution.

When it comes to complexity and difficulty of producing an art work filmmaking is very close to the top. What makes the whole journey, often unpleasant, worthwhile for you?
There is something rewarding about about finishing a film that has involved been blood sweat and tears. Every process has challenges in their own varied ways from scheduling and time to budget and post production but that is all part of the process. We as a filmmakers create because we believe in the project and the story and willing to get the job done because of this belief. I remember when i was making my self funded film Sweetboy. I couldn’t afford to hire a driver to take us to North Devon to film one of our scenes so one of the actors (Kwame) kindly offered to be a driver. During the four hour drive we stopped at a service station for coffee’s and after tens minutes of being there Kwame rushed out of the toilet with his hands wet screaming. He had dropped the keys of the rented van down the toilet and flushed them. I had to get a driver to come two hours from Heathrow to replace the lost keys which cost nearly thousand pounds. It was one of the most stressful days ever and it was only day three of a fourteen day shoot. I did think about quitting at the time on the day but we overcame that huge difficulty along with many more on that project and the film went on to screen not only at The American black Film Festival but also on television.

To read the full interview click HERE


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