Q: What film inspired you to start a career as a filmmaker?
A: Shane (George Stevens, 1953). I saw it when I was 4 years-old and it inspired me so much that I told myself I would make films to make others feel the same way when watching my films.
Q: Did you make La Jaula De Oro with a specific audience in mind?
A: I made a film to be watched by everyone.
Q: What memorable events happened during the production of La Jaula De Oro?
A: During one of the physical exercises at the acting workshop, one of my non-professional actors—who is Native American—broke a ceramic vase, got very upset with himself and disappeared. We looked for him for a while and finally found him at the top of a tree, resting peacefully. I incorporated that into a scene in the film.
Q: What did you learn from working on La Jaula De Oro?
A: Perseverance, faith and teamwork are what allow us to realize our dreams. In order to do so, one has to take great risks.
Q: If you could work with any actor, living or dead, who would it be?
A: James Stewart.
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