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SxSW 2017 Interview: BAD LUCKY GOAT director Samir Oliveros

by Jason Whyte

"BAD LUCKY GOAT is about two incompatible siblings in their teenage years, who accidentally kill a bearded goat with their father's pick-up truck and get into a lot of trouble. The family owns a small hostel in the island and they're a few days away from spring break, the most important week for the business. The truck is essential to stock the kitchen and transport tourists.
Throughout the film we follow Corn and Rita as they struggle to find the means necessary to conceal the accident. The siblings will visit a butcher, rastafari drum makers, a pawn shop and even a witch doctor, in a 24-hour adventure around the island." Director Samir Oliveros on BAD LUCKY GOAT which screens at the 2017 South By Southwest Conference.

Congratulations on your film playing in Austin at SxSW this year! Is your first time here and are you planning to attend your screenings?

Yes. First festival ever, actually! I will be attending all the screenings.

I welcome you, then! So how did you get into this business?

I went to film school in NY and this is the script I wanted to shoot for my thesis. But it was to ambitious to do it while attending classes. So once I graduated, I went back home to do some location scouting, found Old Providence, the island where the film was shot, and started planning the whole thing.

How did BAD LUCKY GOAT all come about?

I have a Jamaican friend who invited me to spend a spring break there. During a dinner, her mother told me about how one morning while taking her kids to school, she hit a cow, covering the windshield in blood. It was really early in the morning and no one was up yet to help her move the cow off the road. I thought it was a great picture and the beginning for something.

The other ingredient is the relationship I have with my sister. We really don't get along. So I wanted to create a situation where the characters would have to get out of their comfort zones and clash while under pressure, so they could see every aspect of each other's personality and really get to know each other.

While you are creating, what keeps you going while making a movie? What drives you?

The fact that whatever I shoot will be printed in history forever. During production we had a blackboard that read "PAIN IS TEMPORARY, FILM IS FOREVER". Repeating that out loud would immediately dissolve any problems we had during the shoot.

As well, "Costenitas". A mini-bottle of beer that can only be found in hot regions of Colombia. They make it that size, so that you can finish it before the sun heats it up. So we chugged them throughout the shoot.

I am making a note to track down a bottle of Costenitas! So what was your biggest challenge with this project, and the moment that was the most rewarding to you?

Shooting against time. We had a micro-budget, that we got through Kickstarter, which only allowed us to have 18 days of shooting. Sometimes we had to rush through scenes that I wish I could have shot with more time.

The most rewarding was the day I got the SXSW email. It made everything worth it.

I would love to know about the the visual design of the movie and how the movie was photographed!

We shot with an ARRI ALEXA MINI. We knew we had to be very portable and dynamic in the island, so we went light in our rig.

We suffered every day because we had a very extended shotlist that sometimes included 27 shots per scene. And it was very painful to arrive to a set and realize we only had four hours to shoot the scene. So we had to sacrifice A LOT of shots, specially the "artsy" ones.

What are you looking forward to the most about showing your movie here in Austin?

In the theatre to hear people laugh. That is the perfect proof that the film is working. Outside of the theatre, to find someone that believes in me and wants to help me shoot my second film, in whatever way they can.

After the film screens at SxSW, where is the film going to show next?

We want to show it in the Caribbean where we think people will feel the most related to the situations/characters. We are going to Guadalajara Film Festival, Panama Film Festival and another great one in the Caribbean that I cannot reveal yet.

If you could show your movie in any theater outside of Austin, where would you screen it and why?

NEGRIL, JAMAICA. Because that's where it all started.

What would you say to someone who was being disruptive during a screening of a movie, either a regular movie or your own?

I would "accidentally" pour a tray of ice on them.

We have a lot of readers on our site looking to make movies or get into the industry somehow. What is the ONE THING you would say to someone who is wanting to get into the filmmaking business?

What they say in the island; that there's calm after the storm. Filmmaking is hard and requires a lot of patience. But it is worth every tear, once you hear an audience laugh.

And finally, what is the greatest movie you have ever seen?

Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY.

Be sure to follow BAD LUCKY GOAT online on Facebook or Instagram!

We hope you enjoyed this SxSW filmmaker interview as part of our coverage of SxSW 2017. To see the entire series click on the Live Report sidebar on your right. We will have interviews posted all throughout the festival so be sure to visit us often for more coverage!

This is one of the many films screening at the 2017 SXSW Conference in Austin, Texas taking place March 10-18. For more information on this film screening times, point your browser to or use the SxSW GO App for Android and iOS.

Jason Whyte,
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