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Saturday, July 27, 2019
Actress/Producer Luciana Faulhaber: Telling Stories on Her Own Terms
by Cyrus Webb
As I have been traveling the country this
year one of the greatest experiences has been meeting individuals who are not
just passionate about what they do but are examples for us all as to what is
possible. A clear example of that is Luciana Faulhaber. She’s not just a talented actress and
producer. She also is someone who loves to create and inspire as well. This
year she is celebrated the release of her film DON’T LOOK.
During our conversation we will covered
not just the new film but also what it has been like for her to share this
story with the world and to see the way people are responding to it.
First of all, Luciana, congratulations to the team and you on DON’T LOOK. How
does it feel now for the world to be able to enjoy the film?
I think it's the best part of this
process. It's so nice to be able to have it out in the world and finally
everybody can see what we have been working on for all of these years. As I
mentioned before we have over 500 Kickstarter donors that helped us make this
dream come true. And it's nice that they can finally see what we have been up
to all of these years.
You are right, and I think that's the cool thing and it's such a great story we
are going to talk more about that. I want to talk about this journey for you, Luciana.
Not only were you committed to the story
but to know that other people were so committed. Was that one of the things
that really kept you motivated along the way?
100%! Making something so hard,
especially when you are doing it with no budget. A lot of the times we joked
around saying that we were making this film with our rent money, because it
really felt like that at the end of the month. Post production is by far one of
the most expensive parts of this process, and we really had to put in all of
the resources that we could pull together, so yes, it was really great to see
it happen. As a team we just had to stay together through the process and see
Let's go back for those who are just now discovering your journey, Luciana.
When did you first realize that storytelling through film was something that
you wanted to do?
I wanted to be a storyteller as a child,
and I think a lot of children are keen to tell stories and play pretend. That
was what I grew up with. I didn't have much to play with, so I would live in my
imagination, and I would create with the things that I had around me.
When I started as an actress I met my
partner in acting school. This was before we became producers, writers and
creators. We kept encountering the same issues. We would go out to audition, and
we would get the same parts over and over again—as well as parts that we really
felt were outdated. So we made a commitment to create work to showcase and
reflect what we believe, and put Latin people and other people of different
diverse backgrounds in a more accurate light, so that's how we started
Not only are you able to do something you enjoy, but how does it feel to know
that people can now come up to you and thank you for being an example yourself as
to what other people can do when it comes to pursuing their own goals and
It's a part of what we set out to do. We
wanted to be an example and also be a resource. I always tell people if you
have questions, if there is anything I can help you with let me know. That’s
why I do interviews like this. If there is anything that I can say that will
motivate another person to follow their dreams, then it's been worth my
For those who are just now hearing
about DON’T LOOK take us into it a bit. DON’T
LOOK is an homage to the 80s horror. My producing partner and I grew up with
80s horror movies, and we loved it. It was always a fun, exciting time of being
a little scared but not too much. You know there is an absurdity part of it that's
a bit satirical and the splashing of that slasher blood everywhere so it was an
escape growing up.
So when we set up to do a horror we
kind of wanted to honor that genre and show our love for it, but at the same
time we wanted to reflect a little bit of what we believe. So in this film
you'll get all of the benchmark of the horror genre, so for those of you who
love the slasher film that's for you At the same time we try to make it a
little bit different, so we put the female relationships at the center of the
film. The friendship between the two female leads really carry the film
We try to give every character a lot of
depth and a lot of excitement. We also try to make sure that both the diverse
cast and as well as the Caucasian roles were well-represented and as important
in the picture. As creators we try to make sure that even though it is an
homage film and we love the genre that we put our own point of view in
You talked about challenges that
content creators have to deal with. What do you think kept you from giving up
and moving forward?
That's a really good question, and I
don't think I can pinpoint one exact thing that has kept me going. I mean, I
think it takes a village. When people say that I think that's so true. A part
of it is the need to do it. I come from a very traditional Latin family and the
arts was something that was viewed as it's for the rich.
I grew up with that mindset, and at the
same time my mother was always saying ‘If you want to go to acting school I
will find a way to pay for it…If you want to do ballet I will find a way to pay
for it’… But it was always viewed as a hobby. It was viewed as something that
you would do as a reward for all of the hard work that you have had. And it's
partially true. I see now as an adult that for you to do the art it's very
difficult. At the end of the day when you love something and it's a part
of who you are there is just no way that you are not going to pursue it.
Another thing that kept me going is definitely my community. My writing partner
is an amazing support. We have been working together for the last 10 years.
There are a lot of other people that have helped me out throughout the road.
And it goes from trying to help me get a job that will help me pay for my rent,
to giving me a phone call when I don't book a part to tell me it’s going to be
I think the people around me have shown support in so many different ways, and
that's what's important. Now if you are someone who says you want to do something
but you are not really taking action towards whatever your dream is, then you
should re-evaluate that. I am a big believer of if you want to do something you
should at least try to find a way and at least give it your best shot.
Thank you so much, Luciana, and
congrats again on DON’T LOOK. Any last advice for our audience of dreamers?
You have to really be honest with
yourself. I think artists are better at that than most people. You have to take
a hard look at yourself and your life and say am I willing to work three jobs
and then work nights, writing and directing and putting my rent money into this
film to see this through? It comes down to action, and I am a big action