Why did you want to make movies? "I come from a fine art and design background, but as I grew older, I became more interested in content – in exploring bigger topics. I am very interested in outsiders, and therefore acceptance and belonging. My films are often frankensteins: how can parts co-exist when they don't seem to relate."
What inspired you to make this film? "I have been a short film festival programmer for years and have always been interested in how films from different sources can rub up against each other to enhance meaning. I wanted to see what would happen if a feature was developed from short documentaries around a common theme. Early pitches in this films development called it a documentary "Paris Je t'aime"; however, the difference is that the film doesn't revolve around a place, but rather it goes to many locations to explore the theme – that of "the other."
His outside influences: "Fast, Cheap & Out of Control" by Errol Morris was a very big inspiration. I love how he was able to weave subjects from very different backgrounds, but have them seemingly comment on each others' states of being."
On the challenges of a film that crosses several contients: "The biggest challenge to developing and producing "Other Than" was remotely keeping in contact with filmmaking teams on 5 continents during their production and post production. Most of my work on the film was done over the internet from a cabin in the woods... while film crews travelled to exotic locations."
What do you think SnagFilms audiences will respond to most in your movie? "In the film you meet a collection of extremely interesting people from many cultures who all seem to be talking about the same universal human condition."
What's next: "I am in production on a new feature documentary that will again span vast periods and places."
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