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Take 5 with The Travelers

We’ve asked the filmmakers for the 11th annual Oxford Film Festival the same five questions. Meet Andres Gonzalez, videographer and creator of The Travelers. This film will be screening Saturday, Feb. 8 at 11:30 a.m. and Sunday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m.

#1: In 140 characters or less, describe your movie and why someone should see it.

The Travelers is a meditative film about journeys. The short film takes place in Istanbul, Turkey at the mouth of the Bosphorus where it opens up to the Black Sea. It is a place of coming and going, ships sail off towards open sea.

#2: Biggest lesson learned in getting the film made? Best part in getting the film made?

Anything can have artistic value.

#3: Tell us about you. What is your movie making background?

Andres Gonzalez is a photographer and educator who splits his time between personal projects, assigned commissions, and the occasional teaching position. He currently lives and works out of Water Valley, Mississippi.

Andres has been nominated for a Baum Award for Emerging American Photographers, was selected as one of PDN’s 30, and is a Fulbright Fellow. His photographs have been exhibited in Milan, New York, Istanbul, and London, and his first book, Some(W)Here was self-published in 2012.

#4 What do you want the Oxford Film Festival audience to know about your film that isn’t obvious from its title or description?

The footage was taken while I was living in Istanbul, editing a book of photographs from around the world, and thinking a lot about journeys. There was a sea voyage that I was obsessed with for years, from Istanbul to Odessa, Ukraine across the Black Sea. When I finally went to investigate I found that the ship was no longer making the sail. So I went up to where the Bosphorus opens up to the Black Sea and watched the cargo ships and shot this video, imagining them arriving to port.

#5: What does the future hold in store for your film and for you?

I think it will live quietly. Perhaps I will include it in an exhibition as a video element.

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