Meet the Filmmaker: Don Colacino, “Winner Take All”

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
DC: Filmmaking is a great creative outlet, and it challenges every part of my brain. I really enjoy writing, I enjoy putting on a show, and I like the technical aspects of production and editing, so I get involved in every part of the process. It’s also a collaborative process, so I get to interact with a really diverse group of people – especially during production. I think that’s important for a satisfying life regardless of your career path. I’m constantly exposed to new ideas and I’m never bored.

Q: What are we going to see at EFPalooza? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
DC: You’re going to see the learning process that I went through to understand the reasons for differing electoral and popular vote outcomes. It’s happened twice in my lifetime but I learned that it actually happened three other times in our history. You’ll see people who think it’s fine that it happens and others who believe it’s bad for our democracy and both will explain the reasons underlying their positions. The film has screened at the Awareness Festival in L.A., and at the Angeles Doc Festival, and it’s also being shown at League of Women Voters events to educate voters about upcoming ballot issues in multiple states.

Q: What else are you working on?
DC: I’m currently working on another documentary about the news media, and am in early stages of a narrative film project that was just too good to pass up. I also make commercial and industrial films, and work on the occasional music video.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
DC: I come from an Italian-American family that has sort of a weird, “old country” sense of humor more than a century after emigrating, so I guess that influences my storytelling style to some extent.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
DC: For more information on “Winner Take All,” visit www.winnertakeallfilm.com. For more information on my production company, visit www.colacinoproductions.com.

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about EFPalooza or The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
DC: I think The Emerging Filmmakers Project is a really valuable resource for independent filmmakers. It’s important not only as a display of our work as filmmakers, but also as a way to connect with the local filmmaking community.

Winner Take All will screen Saturday, March 21st at 1:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre as part of the Saturday Afternoon Shorts block during the 2020 EFPalooza Film Festival.