Culiacan, Sinaloa. The Trust for the Promotion and Development of Mexican Cinema, ProcineCDMXrecently announced the results of the call “Support for the production and realization of short films with a free theme 2022” with 5 projects eligible for support, including Put a clutch on itby the Sinaloan filmmaker Zulema Sanchez. In an interview for DEBATE, she says she is happy to be one of those selected.
Sanchez She says that for her cinema is a team effort. Precisely this project was born in the independent film class that she teaches at the Arte7 Film School. “It is a project that was born with my students, together. I asked them to work on a script and we started with this story, to give all our point of view, to nurture it […] I think we got too involved, it’s a project we all put a lot of heart into and I actually really like working with people like that”.
The native of Navolato confesses that she was nervous when she applied to the call, since it is only for Mexico City, where she has lived for 2 years, and there were 64 participating projects. Upon hearing the news, she couldn’t help but be excited. “I think it was very cool news to share with my students.”
This time, the director will act as producer and confesses that she has really enjoyed this work. “The director is going to be one of my students and he is the screenwriter together with all the students who were there. I really like directing, but at this point in my life, I’ve been producing. I think I’ve been giving myself time to finalize the script for my second movie and give myself a chance to direct again.”
passion for cinema
Before migrating to the center of the country, the passionate filmmaker made her first film in Culiacán, with her own resources, and shares that she is very grateful to the people who helped her make that production a reality. “It has been hard for me to finish it, but I finally finished it and I hope this year to screen it in Mexico City, in independent theaters,” she announces.
Cinema is an art that has been centralized in Mexico, but Zulema Sanchez rescues that there are many promises in the north of the country. “There are many stories to tell in the north and I think there are also many people with talent to tell those stories and I am in favor of them being the ones to tell it.”
Finally, he invites those who yearn to make movies “not take their finger off the line.” “It is a job of great perseverance, of a lot of patience, of not letting go, of always having one more project, and always being there,” he points out and adds that he continues to collaborate with people from the north, especially from Culiacán.
Here is the full interview for DEBATE: