Hello Patricia Fox, it’s a pleasure to have you with us for this interview. Congratulations on your award at last season of the “Indie World Film Festival”.
Q: Your new movie is “Thirst”; in a few words, what is it about?
A: Thirst is about a woman with a disability, witnessing two men in Los Angeles illegally collecting drinking water, then realizing one of them also has a disability. It is about the impending water crisis in the world, many people are already suffering from it.
Q: When did you plan to do this film?
A: I actually witnessed this happen when I lived in L.A. for a couple years in 2013. I’ve written about it and the essay was published online through RavensPerch literary magazine. I planned to film it in 2020 but the pandemic delayed shooting. We had a COVID Compliant set.
Q: What got you into filmmaking in the first place, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?
A: Ever since I was a child, I have been a movie nut! I took my first screenwriting class as an undergraduate studying English, that class had a big influence on me, this was in 1997. I won my first screenwriting prize in 2000. I wrote constantly for 12 years, moved to L.A., worked a day job while trying to network as a writer. I moved back to Minneapolis in 2014 and went to Graduate School. I received an MFA in Creative Writing with concentrations in both Screenwriting and Non-Fiction.
Q: What can you tell us about your film work prior to this film?
A: In 2017, I wrote and produced a short film called 100,000 Miles a Second, it screened in person at over 25 festivals worldwide and won several awards. This film was also based on a real-life experience I had with a homeless person in Minneapolis.
Q: Can you explain or tell us some of the important elements of this film that makes it interesting?
A: Dialogue, or lack of it, coupled with editing and sound design. Film should be an art that engages as many of the senses as possible. It was designed primarily to be a visual medium of course, but sound, taste, smell and touch can also be elicited by great filmmaking.
Q: How big was your team and what were the cameras that you used?
A: We used one Sony camera.
Q: Directors (and indeed actors) who inspire you and what are your favourite movies?
A: Elia Kazan, Billy Wilder, Martin Scorsese, Paul Schrader (writing and directing). Favorite movies are Chinatown, Taxi Driver, Kundun, Double Indemnity, The Apartment, East of Eden, Man on a Tightrope, The Card Counter. Favorite Film Genre is Film Noir.
Q: Where can people see your work?
Q: What are your future projects?
A: Training Wheels will be my third short film about life-changing experiences I had with encounters with homeless people in the United States. I plan to shoot a feature I’ve written called La Hacienda in Mexico.
Q: Thank you for this very inspiring interview, Patricia Fox. Here at the “Indie World Film Festival” we look forward to seeing and appreciating your new film productions!