Filmmaker's Name: Per Sundström
Film Title: hashtagwill (Mississippi premiere)
In 50 words or less, what is your film about?
A teenage Video blogger, who fights against harassments around him, suffers from hatred but also the battle against his own demons. When he uses the school auditorium alone for a video recording, and strange events start to occur, he has to gain control of both his mind and own destiny.
What was your motivation to make this film… why this film, and why now?
I wanted to pay attention to the rising problem of mental illness among young people, prevent stigmatization and encourage people not to be ashamed to ask for help. I also wanted to support straight but humble boys like William, who fights against sexual harassments and are willing to challenge gender norms and the macho culture (the film was made long before metoo).
Was there anything strange, funny, interesting, sad, scary, or otherwise unusual about making this film?
In the scene when William is sending live from the school corridor, the takes with the iPhone is filmed on a sunny summer morning, 8 weeks after the actual scene was filmed on a cloudy spring afternoon, and we also use the original sound from the iPhone in those takes. I can't really understand what my lead actor Malte did to make that possible, and the same goes with the grading by Oskar.
What is your connection to Mississippi? If you don’t have one, why did you choose to enter your film into a Mississippi festival?
The film has been shown in 5 different US states, so why not Mississippi, I thought, and the Festival seemed interesting.