.Congratulations! Why did you make your film?
THE HOUSE ON NORMAL STREET was a response to growth in the human trafficking world. As a filmmaker I felt the need to ad to the voices and to find a way to raise the conversation.
Imagine I’m a member of the audience. Why should I watch this film?
You should watch the film as an audience member, because you will be entertained, learn something and probably want to ad your voice to the plight of these victims of abuse. Why entertained? Because the traffickers really get what they deserve in this film. It’s probably not something to recommend but we do get satisfaction when evildoers suffer.
How do personal and universal themes work in your film?
The most universal them here is the struggle for freedom. It is very apparent from the start of the film that enslavement is unacceptable and here, the answer to this is defiance, and rage which culminates in revenge. This film really hints at the search for hope in this whole sad development: human enslavement. Love and hate are at the core of THE HOUSE ON NORMAL STREET. Both sides of the same coin.
How have the script and film evolved over the course of their development and production?
The script followed the story and character of Ingrid. The first idea was that the main character would do what she did with premeditation. But, in order make the heroine different from the traffickers she falls into what she does because of her own history. She is not well, and deals with the traffickers her way, fueled by years of anger.
What type of feedback have you received so far?
The feedback in general toward THE HOUSE ON NORMAL STREET has been: 1. Before watching, lack of interest and avoidance. 2. After watching praise to standing ovation.
Has the feedback surprised or challenged your point of view?
The feedback has intensified my belief that if we do something about this evil, eventually we will cut into the profit of the perpetrators. Just doing something because is good does not seem to be enough. How can we engage people to be more active in this? That is precisely what THE HOUSE ON NORMAL STREET tries to do, by being exciting and going over the top at the expense of the perps.
What are you looking to achieve by having your film more visible on
If THE HOUSE ON NORMAL STREET becomes more visible, more noticed, it will inspire other people to take active part in fighting human trafficking or slavery, when it comes their way. It is all around us, and we think it happens in Singapore or Thailand, far away. No, it is everywhere and people we would not suspect, are the perpetrators.
Who do you need to come on board (producers, sales agents, buyers, distributors, film festival directors, journalists) to amplify this film’s message?
Any and all of the above, (producers, sales agents, buyers, distributors, film festival directors, journalists) are needed to fight this, and from my vantage point to perhaps create a bigger story based on this THE HOUSE ON NORMAL STREET . There are many kinds of films being made out there. The kind of film I need to make are the ones that takes a stand in order to correct a wrong, to leave the world a better place or to give hope.
What type of impact and/or reception would you like this film to have?
I would like for THE HOUSE ON NORMAL STREET to keep having the strong reception it has been receiving after moviegoers decided to give it a try. It received a standing ovation at its opening night at the Santa Fe Film Festival 2016.
What’s a key question that will help spark a debate or begin a conversation about this film?
What punishment is fair?
Is educating better than punishing?
Would you like to add anything else?
THE HOUSE ON NORMAL STREET takes place in a world of sex and violence without any violence, sex nor nudity in the entire film.
What are the key creatives developing or working on now?