Eclectic Shades Magazine Los Angeles April 2019 - Page 47

Interview with Adam Minnick

by Christina G. Sato

CGS: What does your film add to the conversation?

AM: It brings attention to the Polish Catholics who make up the 2 nd highest

concentration of victims who survived or died during the Holocaust just

behind the Jewish people.

CGS: Why now? Why is it relevant?

This is a demographic of people who have been left out of the history books

and movies whenever the Holocaust is the focus. It is relevant because there

are very few survivors left to this day. When interviewing survivors of the

Holocaust for my film, the most popular question by the Polish Catholics was

“Why have we been forgotten?”

CGS: Why film? Why is this the desired medium to tell this story?

AM: I envisioned this story to be told through film. When I first sat down to

write the script, a book had crossed my mind. So, I began writing the first

chapter. I didn’t get very far because the thought of having this as a film would

be far more effective than text. For the viewer to understand my vision for this

film… I felt that as a medium, film would be able to capture this story best.

CGS: What resources (local or via internet) are available for someone who wants to

produce? What has been the biggest asset to you during this process?

AM: When I had finished my script, the only resources I had regarding

producing were articles online and a couple books I picked up at the

bookstore. I knew that film school was not an option, I thought it would be a

waste of time and money. Surprisingly a lot of the very well-known producers

and directors have all said the same thing about film school. Their #1 advice

was to just pick up a camera and start filming.

I think the biggest asset to me during this process was my persistence. It

helped that I’m a comedian, and in the comedy business there are a lot of no’s

and rejections. I felt that comedy has made me callused to the negativity so in

the end this made me even more persistent. If you want to produce you need

to believe in yourself and stay focused on what you want to do. There’s going

to be a lot of rejection, but you have to know what you are doing is well worth

your time. Ignore those who doubt you and say otherwise.

Another asset regarding the actual producing was my vision on how each

scene should play out. I think a lot of people fail at starting this process

because they like to talk about it but following through is another story. I

spent a lot of nights, including Fridays and Saturdays sitting at the same coffee

shop, in the same seat at the same table writing for 5-6 hours each night. Write

everyday and hold yourself responsible with this task.

CGS: Congratulations on having “Forgotten” accepted to the recent New Filmmakers

Film Festival in New York. What did you take away from that experience?

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