Filmmaker’s Name:  Mark Lobatto

Film Title:  Blue Borsalino

Film TRT:  16:27

Genre(s):  Drama, Neo-Noir


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

When his first and only client wakes from a coma, a retired private investigator reveals a secret that has cast a shadow over his life for close to fifty years.

What inspired you to make this particular film? 

I wanted to explore an older character whose life now is very much a result of a moment years ago. It enabled us to explore a vibrant canvas across time, memories and realities.

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

The true joy was having the privilege to work with our superb cast, and all the talent commitment and value each of our departments brought to the table. Hopefully our film shines a light on their hard work. The worst is simply the trials of finding the money to make the film as intended – in this instance that took a lot of planning and running of a kickstarter campaign – thankfully the generosity of many, meant it was possible!

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

I’m afraid I’m terrible at answering these questions. I adore cinema and spend as much time as possible watching films, both western and foreign, current and older releases. I’m not convinced films can be pitted against each other in that sense. Their merits and weaknesses tend to be unique to them.

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?

I’ve worked in film and TV for about 8 years professionally, but I began years earlier in my school holidays where I would lend a hand, make teas, etc. on low-key music videos. From there I’ve worked across different department in technical roles, logistical ones, and occasionally some which have more creative responsibility! The productions range from major tent-pole studio films to very independent projects. They’ve all offered challenges and learning experiences. More recently I’ve focused on personally assisting directors on feature films. Heroes – all the great directors, too many to mention! A personal mentor of mine who I admire is British filmmaker Christopher Smith.

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

I’d heard about Crossroads FF being a true filmmakers’ festival and one which the industry and general audience members greatly value the content shown there year to year – so it’s a real joy to be included in this year’s selections.

Tell us about your social media presence:

  • Facebook: facebook.com/blueborsalino
  • Twitter: @blueborsalino
  • Instagram: marklobatto
  • Website: blueborsalinofilm.com
  • Personal Website: marklobatto.com
  • Kickstarter Campaign: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1720914888/blue-borsalino-a-short-film-noir/description