Whistler Film Festival 2015 Interview: FSM actor Georgie Daburas
By Jason Whyte
Posted 12/06/15 04:17:05
"Another great first film from the 10k Indiecan challenge, this one focuses on the love life of a Vancouver-based female DJ. She may live in a world of all-night raves and ecstasy induced expressions of affection, but Samantha (Vanessa Crouch) is having a very hard time finding the right person to connect with. As the film's tagline says: "Vinyl is dead, and so is Samantha's love life". I play Liam in the movie." Georgie Daburas on the film FSM which screens at the 2015 Whistler Film Festival.
I am excited to have you as part of the 15th Anniversary at Whistler! Is this your first time here?
I am very excited to be a part of it. This is my first time at the Whistler Film Festival and I intend on attending both our screenings. I also want to watch as many of the other wonderful films in the festival as I can.
What is it about Whistler, either the festival or the town itself, that excites you the most?
Being a part of an event where so many creative artists and filmmakers from all over the world come together to celebrate and share their art and hard work is what excites me the most. And the fact that it's in Whistler makes it even more exciting. It's one of the most beautiful places I have ever been in.
Talk to me a bit about how you got your start and your previous movies.
I moved from Greece to Canada to pursue my dream. Having no experience whatsoever in acting, I attended the full-time acting program at the William Davis Centre at Vanarts. There, I fell in love with the process and the passion that all my teachers, and especially Chilton Crane, were so generous to share with me. I have not stopped training and working at my craft ever since. Some of my previous projects include a variety of indie short films, a hit web-series HITMAN 101 and roles in TV shows such as Human Target and Supernatural. The past couple of years I was blessed to work on lead roles in indie feature films such as A BITTER LIME and RED ISLAND. Projects that have allowed me to travel to LA, Guyana, and France as part of the experience!
So how did you become involved with the great FSM?
One word. Melanie [Jones]! She is an inspiring artist and a beautiful filmmaker. Her love and passion to tell great stories brought together a phenomenal team of like-minded artists that were willing to offer their heart and soul in order to bring this beautiful story to life.
What keeps you going while making a movie? What drives you? How much coffee?
Coffee is definitely my liquid poison of preference. But the fuel that drives me is the collective creativity. People working together, contributing their passion and art with a common goal. To grow, inspire, be inspired, and help bring out the best out of one another in order to bring the "maestro's" vision to life with absolute honesty.
What was your personal biggest challenge with FSM, and the moment where you knew you had something?
The moment I knew there was something special was when I finished reading the script. There was so much life jumping off the page. So much truth, love and struggle. I knew immediately
that I was lucky to be part of this journey Melanie would take us on.
What are you looking forward to the most about showing your movie in Whistler?
To watch it, really. I intentionally avoided watching the film, so I could share the experience as an audience with an audience for the first time.
If you could show this movie in any cinema in the world, which one would you choose and why?
Definitely in New York, because I have never been there and it would be the perfect excuse to travel.
What would you say or do to someone who was being disruptive at a screening you were attending?
Please don't do that! It's disrespectful to the audience trying to enjoy a movie and disrespectful to all the people that worked really hard to bring this film to life.
What is the ONE THING you would say to someone who is wanting to get into the filmmaking business as a piece of advice?
Do it only if you love it! If you can't imagine yourself doing anything else for the rest of your life.
And finally, what is your all time favorite movie?
Oh my god there's so many. Okay, I have to say the first MATRIX movie! It's a mind-blowing script full of genius metaphors and a film that I never get tired of watching.
Be sure not to miss the #WFF15 world premiere of FSM on Saturday, December 5th, 4:30pm at Village 8 Cinemas...the latter show of which yours truly will be hosting Melanie Jones, Georgie & cast for a Q&A!
Follow the world of FSM in many ways, by visiting the official website, on Twitter at @FSMthefilm and on Facebook. You can also follow Melanie on Twitter at @melaniemjones!
This is one of the many films playing at the 2015 Whistler Film Festival. For show information, tickets and for other general information on films and events, point your browser to the official website at whistlerfilmfestival.com!
Be sure to follow instant happenings of Whistler Film Festival on my Twitter account @jasonwhyte, including mini-reviews of films, comments on festival action and even a photo or two. You can also follow the festival on my Instagram at jason.whyte!
Jason Whyte, efilmcritic.com