We’ve asked the filmmakers for the 11th annual Oxford Film Festival the same five questions. Meet DAniel Guaqueta, director, editor, camera operator and songwriter of Twisted Ways of YOU. This film will be screening Friday, Feb. 7 at 2 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m..
#1: In 140 characters or less, describe your movie and why someone should see it.
It’s a music video of a man who dances away his confusions in a twisted contorted manner with his jam box anywhere any time…why not…he has batteries! I believe that this dance will catch on. It’s very unique.
#2: Biggest lesson learned in getting the film made? Best part in getting the film made?
I learned that showing up unannounced anywhere with a jam box and a dancer dressed in a solid color with a mask on is the best way to disturb the norm. I enjoyed working with the dancer and letting him show his artistry through the music and performance. I love making videos to include others and to make them feel like stars!
#3: Tell us about you. What is your movie making background?
I’m a musician at first, but I love video, I especially love music videos, so I strived to make my own. Some videos I make are high budget, some are low…it doesn’t really matter to me as long as I can make a video to a song I wrote. That’s what I live for. Sometimes music can be confusing to folks, so I have always strived to continue confusing folks because I don’t believe in the norm. I like the obscure, the weird, the obtuse….the ugly. I like ugly. I’m ugly….we are all pretty ugly if we look at ourselves in the mirror long enough.
#4 What do you want the Oxford Film Festival audience to know about your film that isn’t obvious from its title or description?
Whatever is behind the mask is not important. It’s the mask that you’re looking at that’s important. Stop trying to read into everything in life. Life is just what it is, and if you accept the weird things that you can’t understand, to impact you, you just may have a better life. Accept the mask, accept the weird….and you may actually unlock something inside of yourself. Don’t be afraid to like something that you don’t understand immediately. Familiarity is boring.
#5: What does the future hold in store for your film and for you?
I intend to continue making weird stuff. Because I’m normal.