An Interview with Gerda Liebmann
What has been a real high point point for you in creating this film? What excites you about your submission to the FilmOneFest?
It was a lot of fun working with my sons on this project. My younger son is a professional stunt man, performed in movies and TV, so he has a very good first-hand understanding of narrative camerawork. My older son is a musician – and I think he did a great job of creating an appropriate soundtrack for the piece.
It was also nice doing something locally (on Sandy Hook) for a local event. I like a local feel to my work, while at the same time addressing a big universal theme.
A questions about “One Minute” films: As you think about one minute films, what kinds of possibilities are there for this medium? What does it mean to you particularly?
The funny thing for me about doing a one-minute film is that, as an avid Viner (6 second videos), this is actually a very long form for me! To me, short-form video has always been very compelling. It’s just that with the advent of social media and video-on-smartphone technology, there is a tremendous synergy between the ease with which we can publish short-form and the ease with which we can consume it. So we are probably on the cusp of a revolution in how we quickly and visually tell stories. It’s like the whole world is gathering around a new virtual campfire. Very exciting!
Talk a little about your influences: If you think about the gifts and skills you bring to film-making, what do you find energizes you most? What inspires you or compels you in your art form, and in what ways are you inspired?
Making short-form video is part of my broader work as an artist, which has mostly been installation pieces and painting. There is certainly some historical precedent for artist turning to film – going back to Jean Cocteau and Dali and continuing to people like Julian Schnabel and Bill Viola. A lot of my installation pieces have a kinetic/narrative element to them – a piece of material that gets blown around by fans, a design in salt that gets destroyed by the viewers’ feet at the end, etc. – so it kind of makes sense that I would try to express those same ideas in the kinetic/narrative form of video.