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Meet the 2013 Tribeca Filmmaker #15: Jonathan Gurfinkel & Rona Segal Spend Six Years Making ‘Six Acts’

Meet the 2013 Tribeca Filmmaker #15: Jonathan Gurfinkel & Rona Segal Spend Six Years Making 'Six Acts'

Jonathan Gurfinkel grew up surrounded by film thanks to his father, a cinematographer. Realizing that his personal experience with the medium trumped a formal education, Gurfinkel decided to drop out of high school to pursue his own film career. He partners with Rona Segal as his screenwriter who was a journalist for 7 years before attending film school. “Six Acts” is their second feature together and was developed over a course of 6 years; a length of time they hope won’t be the standard for their next project.

What it’s about: A 17 year old girl, who desperately wants to be loved.

What else should audiences know?: 

Jonathan: “That it is inspired by true events.”

Rona: “Yet I’m sure things like what you see in movie happen everywhere.”

On the challenges: 

Jonathan: “Well, to avoid being judgmental towards the characters.”

Rona: “To relate to the desperate, helpless parts in me, which I hate.”

What do you hope Tribeca audiences will walk away with? Jonathan: “The urge to retrospect.”
Films that inspired them: 
Jonathan: “Rosetta”, “4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days”, “Red Road”, “Naked”, “La haine”and “Heat”.

Rona: “The hurt locker”. Replace death with sex and you have our movie.”

What’s next: “We have two projects in writing: “Bruna”, about a journalist who kidnaps a child, 

and another one, with no name yet, about an athlete who loses her memory.”

Indiewire invited Tribeca
Film Festival directors to tell us about their films, including what inspired
them, the challenges they faced and what they’re doing next. We’ll be
publishing their responses leading up to the 2013 festival.

Keep checking HERE every day up to the launch of the festival on April 17 for the latest profiles.

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