A'AI, 5min., USA
Directed by Kalie Granier
A discussion with a pelican on the shore who is announcing the funeral dance of its kelp forest to a Ohlone Costanoan Esselen Nation woman.
Get to know the filmmaker:
1. What motivated you to make this film?
In the face of unprecedented climate change caused by human activities, it seemed crucial to me, as an artist, to envision new narratives of interspecies dialogues to foster cooperation during these troubled times.
2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?
It took me over a year. First, I spent time understanding the issues related to climate change and its impact on kelp forests. Then, I began the process of reaching out to scientific institutions. At the same time, I established collaborations with members of the Esselen tribe to discuss this project.
3. How would you describe your film in two words!?
4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?
The biggest challenge was to obtain the collaboration of the scientists and access to the video footage they had for free. Additionally, filming in Big Sur under windy and cold conditions was also a major difficulty.
5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?
I appreciate the diversity of comments and opinions from each person.
6. When did you realize that you wanted to make films?
When I observe that there aren't enough people who are concerned about the destruction of the kelp forest and the harm it inflicts on all marine life.
7. What film have you seen the most in your life?
Le Grand Bleu by Luc Besson
8. What other elements of the festival experience can we and other festivals implement to satisfy you and help you further your filmmaking career?
I would appreciate it if you could recommend my film to other festivals and venues.
9. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway. How has your experiences been working on the festival platform site?
It was ok
10. What is your favorite meal?
Lasagne ricotta spinach
11. What is next for you? A new film?
I am working on an interdisciplinary project focused on the relationships that Mbya Guarani women from Argentina have with their environment, both human and non-human. Its goal is to contribute to greater visibility and recognition of indigenous cultural practices in Argentina and globally. At a time when indigenous languages and biodiversity are at risk, this project is presented in Mbya Guarani, with subtitles in Spanish. It primarily focuses on the perspective of indigenous women, who, in a modern world characterized by exploitation and conflict, represent one of the most vulnerable populations and tirelessly fight for their rights.