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Meet the Filmmaker: Guillermo Roques, “The Big Sell”

“The Big Sell”

www.guillermoroques.com

photo2voiceQ: Why did you become a filmmaker?
GR: I finished my Degree in Journalism at the same time there was a big Media crisis and newspapers were closing down. I had a lot of free time and I gave it a try.
Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
GR: ¨The Big Sell¨ is a video that I did for the Denver Voice. Once a year, the Board members go out to the streets with the vendors trying to promote the newspaper. They asked me to film it. This is the result of a few hours of a cold morning in Downtown Denver.
It has been used at different fundraising events by the Denver Voice.
Hopefully, in the future it will be part of a broader project about the many faces of homelessness.
Q: What else are you working on?
GR: I´m working around a couple short documentaries about homelessness, and also an experimental piece about The Sand Creek Masacre.
Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
GR: I usually edit very fast and I get a rough cut in a few hours. I spend 3/4 of my time looking for background sounds and trying different color corrections.
Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
GR: My website is www.guillermoroques.com
Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
GR: Good place. Cold beer (sometimes). Great people.
“The Big Sell” will be screening at the January 21st Emerging Filmmaker’s Project. 
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Meet the Filmmaker: Guillermo Roques, “HWTW”

HWTWwww.guillermoroques.com

GuillermoRoques3Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
GR: After finishing college and living abroad for a few years; I didn’t have a job. But I had a lot of free time. So I started making short movies and learning how to shoot/edit.

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
GR: HWTW is a book trailer. We reenacted the intro chapter of Hap Cameron’s book: Hap Working the World. We did 2 versions. One used to promote the book; and a short-film version, which is the one that will be screened at the Bug Theater.

Q: What else are you working on?
GR: Right now I’m working on a few short documentaries about homelessness in CO; and a long feature documentary of an orphanage in Zimbabwe.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
GR: I like to try new things on each video. So I like them to look as diverse as possible.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
GR: People can see more of my stuff at www.guillermoroques.com

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
GR: I think EFP is a great chance for filmmakers and film lovers to share their work and keep learning from each other. I guess that’s what it’s all about.

HWTW will screen March 19th at The Emerging Filmmakers Project.

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Meet the Filmmaker: Guillermo Roques, “Eugene & Anastasia Lovestory”

Eugene & Anastasia Lovestory | https://vimeo.com/errequeerrevideos

PoqWARXWxR2R0wrIs7uKQh7LzIZ_60uzqd_LJpM9G_oMeet Guillermo Roques. Guillermo will be screening Eugene & Anastasia Lovestory, a short film starring married couple Eugene and Anastasia, at the February EFP. Eileen sat down with him in advance of the screening to learn more about his unique film and discuss the other projects he currently has in the works.

EA: Why did you become a filmmaker?

GR: I consider myself more a scriptwriter than a filmmaker. But, because of my origins (Spain) and the lack of a solid cinematographic industry in that country, I had to start filming on my own to see how the stories looked like in a real screen. That was about 8 years ago. After that I’ve become more involved with filmmaking, mostly documentaries.

EA: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?

GR: Eugene & Anastasia Lovestory was a request done by Eugene and Anastasia. They were going to get married last year and they asked me to film a short story with them, so they could screen it during the wedding. I sent them 3 different storylines. They picked up one. I sent them the final script and then we shot in one day and a half . I had to edit it in one week.
Maybe the most curious thing about this video is that Eugene and Anastasia are originally from Russia; I’m from Spain, as well as the other two crew members that worked on the video (Rosa, as scriptwriter, and Luisa, as producer assistant). We tried to film it in an American style and was based in Denver. So you could easily consider this short-film as a Spain-Russia-USA co-production.

EA: What else are you working on?

GR: Right now I´m working on a documentary with a local photographer (Greg Friedler), and trying to adapt to an “American context” a few scripts awarded back in Spain.

EA: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?

GR: I usually work with really small crews. Sometimes just by myself. I love all kind of cinematographies (classic Hollywood cinema, South-korean mainstream movies, Neo-realism, Romanian, Check, Greek movies, subjective documentaries -like Mekas or Marker, etc). I think that cinema is a universal language but also a very diverse language. For me, this is one of the best things about it. That´s the reason why some of my works differ so much one from another. I would love to express myself in as many diverse ways as cinema language allows.

EA: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?

GR: I don´t have a website. I have some of my most recent stuff uploaded in vimeo. For example this two documentaries: https://vimeo.com/76120048 and https://vimeo.com/28949002.

EA: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?

GR: I think that The Emerging Filmmakers Project is a great initiative. It is always refreshing to see what everybody else is doing and to network with people that have the same interests and the same passion.

Eugene & Anastasia Lovestory will screen February 20th at The Emerging Filmmakers Project.

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February 20th, 2014 Lineup

February 20th at 8:00p.m. $5

Text-a-Saurus Promo – Eileen Agosta (03:37)
Killing Time
 – Jane Mora (01:00)
Love Letters – David Quakenbush (03:00)
I Do – Patrick Friedauer (06:30)
Anastasia & Eugene´s Lovestory – Guillermo Roques (11:50)
Read Between the Signs – Clayton Garthe (05:00)
Love to Hate – The Nix Bros (5:47)

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