5Q's w/Patrick Biesemans "Embers and Dust" Director

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

Embers & Dust is a meditative look at a young farm boy’s imagination during the infamous 1938 Orson Welles broadcast of War of The Worlds. Wonderment fills the atmosphere and transports you to a creatively intoxicating moment in American broadcast history.

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

Embers & Dust is a period piece, it has some sci-fi and fantasy DNA in it but at the core it is a family drama.

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

Planned elaborate plots with my Batman, Terminator, and Robocop action figures; graduated to running around with a digital 8mm camcorder in the backyard with my younger brother and best friends; studied animation and design in college; moved to New York and started directing anything and everything I could get my hands on.

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

Always have the project you want to make, regardless if you have the means to, on hand and ready to go. You never know when the opportunity to get your passion project made will present itself... And if you’re making a passion project, don’t waiver in your creative vision.

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

I hope that Embers & Dust finds an audience far and wide, and finds a place in the hearts of filmmakers and audience members alike. As for myself? I’m on the long road to writing, producing, and directing a feature film.

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