Filmmaker’s Name:  Marinah Janello
Film Title:  Slartibartfast
Film TRT: 1:52
Genre(s): Comedic Music Video

In 50 words or less, what is your film about?

 This music video serves as an outlandish love story...a truly underground love story.  Providing a unique voice, "Slartibartfast" transforms the viewer’s mind into a therianthropic playground.  Get ready for a bizarre human-to-pugtransformation!  

What inspired you to make this particular film?  

There was no better way for me to show my true devotion to pugs than to become one myself.  The fact that I had the opportunity to make this transformation in front of a camera is a dream come true.  

What’s the best experience you had making this film?  What’s the worst?  Why?

I had no problem tapping into my own pug identity, and the fact that that had come so naturally to me was probably my favorite part in the creation of this piece.  The toughest and lengthiest part of the creation process certainly has to have been the editing component.  I can’t say there was an undesirable experience in the creation process, because even through the long hours of post-production, my creative juices never stopped flowing.  

In your opinion, what’s the best film ever made?  The worst?  Why?

I believe that one of the the most transgressive films ever made is "Gummo" by Harmony Korine.  This loose narrative serves as an “in” to people’s intimate life settings.  While some of it is scripted and other parts are completely improvised, it is hard to tell what is “real” and what is not.  This film is a collage of sorts that allows the viewer to make up his or her own mind about the film’s true meaning.  

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?

Having started off my college career as a studio artist,  my experiments in 2D collage and installation ended upextending to my early video work and continues to influence my work today.  My one true film hero has to be Harmony Korine.  His productions have proven to connect with people’s emotions through non traditional modes of filmmaking and studio art.  Whether it’s his narrative, documentary, or experimental filmmaking, he always seems to meld two or more forms together in a very unique way.

Tell us about your connection to Mississippi.  If you don’t have one, why did you choose to enter Crossroads Film Festival?

“Slartibartfast” truly dedicates itselfto the crossing of species and mixing of cultures (human and pug in this case). Similarly, Mississippi lends itself to its ownmixture of art forms and cultures, and taking pride in this mixture is an essential part of its regional identity.

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