Local film team Humaya Films is proud to unleash their debut short film called Memento Mori this coming Saturday at The Classic Gateway Theater in Fort Lauderdale. The team behind Humaya is dedicated to the art of storytelling, and their inaugural short movie’s emotional plot line is no different. Make sure to check out their official website for all the details and ticket offerings (there’s a lot of free swag with the purchase of a ticket).
Read below the e-mail interview we did with Vivian Orozco, the Director of Memento Mori. Make sure to get to the bottom of the post to get a video preview of the film.
Tell us about the film.
Humaya Film’s Memento Mori is about how a simple act of kindness draws two people together in a web of memories, reminding us of the inevitable ending to our own life stories. Chris, an ordinary car service driver, has always been a nice guy. So much so that he can’t bring himself to leave when one of his clients is late meeting him. Instead, he makes the choice to get out, go to the door, and knock. Mrs. Sinclair, a women beset by senility and illness, arrives at the door. Surprised at the driver’s kindness, he allows her to pack up the last of her belongings as she says good bye to the life she had lived forever. Slowly, she will draw Chris into the web of memories that make up her life; reminding him that one day, he too will have to say goodbye to the life he is living.”
What inspired the film?
Memento Mori is inspired by a story we found about an NYC Taxi driver and an old woman. In the story, the old woman is about to die, but out of kindness, the taxi driver is able to take her on a ride down memory lane. The story itself touched our hearts, and in a way, reminded us that just as we could be in the taxi driver’s position, we could also be in the old woman’s. The story itself served as a reminder of the inevitable; a memento mori.
What was the most difficult part of making this movie?
The most challenging part about this film was that so much of it was shot inside of a moving vehicle. It’s hard to keep shots like that visually interesting. My Director of Photography and myself had to get really creative when we were drawing out our storyboards.
Top 3 movies of all time. Go!
As the Director, I can’t speak for all of our favorite films, just the one. The other two are a couple of my personal favorites:
- Marvel’s Avengers: When we first formed Humaya Films, Marvel’s Avengers had just hit theaters. Joss Whedon has always been a personal hero of mine, and well, we’re all kind of comic book geeks, so this movie has a special place in our hearts.
- Schindler’s List: Steven Spielberg has always had a unique way of looking at things; and Schindler’s list is a perfect example. Moving, engaging, and totally shot in black and white until the very end- it’s one of the films that has really stuck with me over time.
- The Great Gatsby: Baz Luhrman did an amazing job on this film. From the utterly period costumes to referencing F.Scott Fitzgerald’s essays, this movie was visually stunning and emotionally engaging. I also enjoyed the way that he incorporated modern music into certain scenes to help the audience realize that the themes of money, sex, and drugs are timeless.
We want to thank all of our supporters, all of the locations that allowed us to shoot, especially The Classic Gateway Theater and Chill Wine Lounge, and a big thank you to all of the cast, crew, and producers of Memento Mori, without whom there would be no film.
And now, check out the official trailer for Memento Mori….
The event is this Saturday, July 27th at The Classic Gateway Theater, doors are at 5:30, the movie starts ‘promptly’ at 6:30, after party at Chill Wine Lounge (next dooor). Click here to buy advanced tickets.
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