Burnout is the portrait of a paramedic and his relationship with death. A duel between the deep pleasure that gives him the adrenaline when he turns on the siren, and the emotional weariness from being the witness of countless tragedies.
5 questions with Burnout director, Miguel López Valdivia at the half-way mark.
Sunday, March 12th, 2017
1Hey Miguel! Thanks for being a part of our festival! First, what inspired you to make BURNOUT? Thanks for inviting me.
I've always thought that whoever chooses to be a doctor is crazy, so I guess what I really wanted was to understand the passion that drives them.
2It looks like you followed around this paramedic crew through some difficult scenarios. What was the experience like for you as a non-paramedic? Surreal. Very surreal. The shooting scene was the most intense thing I've ever lived. Every time you see an ambulance you think about the patient in them, but never about the doctors. To get to know them and live with them what they go through every day, was something very special.
3It seems that you have to harden yourself up to this job in a way in order to deal with it. What are your thoughts on this process? Not really. I could keep going in those situations because the camera worked as some kind of shield for me. I was so concentrated on it that I didn't thought on what was really happening until it had ended. The adrenaline is so high that you just act; I know it works the same way for them.
4Do you think you could ever be a paramedic? Why or why not? Never. Every time I see blood I feel like I'm going to die. I would be the world's worst paramedic.
5What's next? I'm developing several projects, although my first feature it's what I'm really aiming for. Let's cross our fingers.
About the Interviewer: Ben Hicks
Ben Hicks is a writer/director and co-founder of Fandependent Films. Ben is currently working on making Fandependent Films awesome and is finishing up his first feature film entitled Kids Go Free to Fun Fun Time which was selected for the 2017 IFP Narrative Lab.
The film with the most fans wins $1,000
For 2017 we are moving on from screening feature films and will be showcasing shorts.
For our Winter 2017 Festival, we are giving away $2,000 in prizes to the top three films.
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