Q’s & A’s with Alex Kahuam


Q.How did you fall in love making movies?

Everything started when I was a kid at the age of 12 years old and it was an accident. I was in class and at the time the city was talking about kidnapping in Mexico. Kidnapping was a big deal in Mexico City and the teacher gave the class a homework assignment to write about the issue. I wanted to do a video, I ask the teacher if I could and she said sure while laughing because I was only 12 years old and she knew I didn’t know anything about it. We did the video with old school equipment and my crew included my friends. I showed the video a week after to the class and the teacher was in shock. I simulated a kidnapping, it had violence, it was very real. I loved the whole process.

Q.Where did you study to become a professional director?

I enrolled in film school in Mexico, but dropped out after a month due to poor teaching methods. By the age of 17 I finished 11 shorts and realized I needed to work on my craft.  In 2012, I moved to Los Angeles to continue learning and to improve my filmmaking.  By the end of 2012, I finished my first professional short titled, “So, You Want To Be A Gangster?” which was accepted at Cannes Film Festival in the category of Short-Film Corner in 2014. Then I did another short called “What’s in the Case?” along with Dan Wang my closest collaborator up to this date!

Q.How do you see yourself in a couple of years?

Right now, I’m turning into a more serious film director. My main focus is immigration in the United States, there is a lot happening around this topic. I had a situation involving this issue and the very next day I wrote 95 pages for a script, something I had never done before. I had a lot of emotions in me and it got me in the process of making a film about this this topic. I want to make films about serious issues, real problems!

“So, You Want To Be A Gangster?”

will be released on VOD in September 2017.

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