Filmmaker’s Names: Jeff El-Eini and Irene Menendez (Screenwriters, Producers and Actors)
Film Title: Marceline Blurr
Film TRT: 15:43
Genre(s): Romantic Comedy
In 50 words or less, what is your film about?
Marceline Blurr is the story of a girl with a very particular imaginary world; her struggles in the City and how she will have to face reality in order to achieve happiness and truth.
What inspired you to make this particular film?
Our initial thought was: “How would a character naïve and clumsy like Marceline survive in a city as rough and fast-paced as New York?” As we started writing the script, it became clear to us that the French New Wave was the perfect frame to tell this story.
What’s the best experience you had making this film? What’s the worst? Why?
Our greatest reward was to find a crew of young dedicated professionals who made this film come true, especially our director Nadia Mata Portillo, who is a wonderful and greatly talented filmmaker.
The hardest part of producing an indie film is the struggle to find enough funds to make the movie you want to make.
In your opinion, what’s the best film ever made? The worst? Why?
Irene: “All about Eve” by Joseph Leo Mankiewicz. I believe that the performance of Bette Davis as Margo Channing is one of the best acting lesson a young actress can get (certainly better than many workshops and cheaper too!)
Jeff: Henri Verneuil’s last work, the diptych “Mayrig” and “588 rue Paradis.” It is the story of an Armenian family who immigrates to France to escape from genocide. It reminds me of the journey my Jewish ancestors made to Switzerland where I was born.
Irene and Jeff: We have infinite respect for anyone who tries to make a movie. Whether that person succeeded or failed in telling that particular story, is subjective isn’t it?
RE: a short bio… Tell us about your start in filmmaking. Who are your heroes? Did you get your start as an actor? A screenwriter? A grip?
Jeff El-Eini started his career in France and Switzerland in Theater, TV, and Feature Films. His credits include "Red on the Cross", "La Maison du Bonheur" and "Pedale Dure" among others. Since 2009 Jeff moved to the US to pursue his career. Working on both continents he has recently played in "Benedictus" at the Theater For The New City in New York and in the French box office success "Supercondriaque". In 2013, alongside with Irene Menendez, he started the film production company Be True productions LLC. Since then they’ve been producing their own projects.
Irene Menéndez started acting professionally at the age of 15. Since then, she has worked in Feature Films, TV and Theatre. Her credits include "Campamento Flipy", "Todas tus amigas", and "Fish Net" among others. In 2011, Irene moved to New York to pursue her acting career and continue her studies. Her last work includes the lead role in the play "The True History of The Tragic Life and Triumphant death of Julia Pastrana" at The Brick Theatre in New York and the European-American co-production film ¨Wedding in New York". In 2013, alongside with Jeff El-Eini, she started the film production company Be True productions LLC. Since then they’ve been producing their own projects.
- We are both European actors who decided to start a film production company and tell our own stories
Tell us about your connection to Mississippi. If you don’t have one, why did you choose to enter Crossroads Film Festival?
We do not have a connection with Mississippi yet, but we do have a fascination for the Southern Culture.
Tell us about your social media presence:
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marcelineblurrtheshortfilm
- Twitter: @marcelineblurr
- Instagram: @marcelineblurr
- Vimeo Trailer: https://vimeo.com/150662247