5Q's with Christian de la Cortina "Generation Wolf" Director

#1: Can you describe your movie and why somebody should see it in less than 140 characters?

In order to save his father’s house from repossession, Vincent starts a Marijuana farm. As Vincent falls into the world of crime, his situation grows more brutal and dangerous. As a wolf, he will have to survive. 

#2: What do you want the Borrego Springs Film Festival audience to know about your film that isn’t obvious from its title?

About 25% of this film was shot in California. We flew our crew from Montreal, Canada and shot. I really loved the vibe in California. People from Borrego Springs will certainly recognize the desert on the Poster… The cool vintage cars were also built in San Diego. Many shots of the desert were filmed near Borrego Springs as well. 

#3: What is your movie making background?  Tell us about yourself.

I’ve always wanted to become an actor but my parents insisted I should get a “real degree” first. That’s what I did, I studied commerce at Sherbrooke University and after getting my diploma, I followed my dream.  After a while of getting small little roles in Montreal, I quickly realized I would have to make my own films to make it in the movie business. So I kept chasing my dream as an actor by becoming a filmmaker as well. This was probably the best decision of my life. Creating, writing, directing and acting is amazing. Like the actor/filmmaker Tyler Perry said, “Be the onewho owns the boat.” While you wait for new roles or auditions, nothing stops you from writing and creating you own film. It’s not easy but it’s definitely worth it!

#4: What was the biggest lesson learned in getting your film made?

Many lessons… I finally found my voice as a director. Now I know what type of films I really want to make. Films that will entertain, empower and educate as well. 

I’ve also learned that you must have faith when you make a film. Faith that everything will go well, that you’ll find the right crew, the right actors and that God will also guide you through it and reward your efforts. Many times during the making of Generation Wolf, my production had adivine intervention that I cannot explain. I felt blessed. When everything should have gone wrong, well… everything went well. I’ve also learned that you must surround yourself with passionate people that believe in your dream and are motivated by your film, not by money. 

#5: What does the future hold for your film and you?

I do believe and hope that Generation Wolf will sell well around the world because of it’s message and international flavour.  I’m also convinced that it will help establish my career as an actor/filmmaker and will bring myself to greater things (film or roles) . 

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