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Fiona Graham, Actress: ELSEWHERE, NY

February 20, 2015
Fiona Graham stars in ELSEWHERE, NY

Fiona Graham stars in ELSEWHERE, NY

1Q: Tell us how you became involved with Elsewhere, NY, and how you prepared for your role.

I met both Tom Wilton (writer and producer) and the director, Jeffrey P. Nesker at Bootleg Film Festival. The next time we met was in Tom’s kitchen, along with the brilliant Gillian Leigh Visco to shoot, so it was a very fast process indeed.

Of course, due to the nature of film shoot, speed just became a part of its tapestry, working impulsively and organically.

As an actor, this process demanded such a high level of trust not only with Gillian, who I had literally just met, but of course Jeff and Tom – the captains of the ship. And I have to be honest, it was absolutely terrifying for me, yet thrilling.

I already knew, of course, that I needed a deep connection to my character, Christine, and a connection to my narrative circumstances. But I also had to have a complete awareness and connection to the actual environmental circumstances, which, I’ve got to say, were unpredictable at every turn.

Having previously worked on much larger budget films with way more crew members, the unconventional filming process was very new to me. However, it quickly became apparent that the camera was catching profound magical moments, which felt raw, exciting and uncompromisingly truthful.

2Q: Cinequest Film Festival is hosting the US Premiere of Elsewhere, NY. Explain to us how it feels to bring this film before US audiences for the first time, and what do you think their reaction will be to your film?

It’s very exciting! I think it’s important for crew and cast to come together and celebrate their triumphs and then share it with the world.

I really have no idea what the reactions will be – film is such a massive and subjective forum. But I think the film takes a look at a different part of NY, an untold alternative part of the city. We don’t really see the iconic buildings or the Manhattan skyline. Instead we meet people in transit, seeking to connect with other people and wanting to make changes in their lives. I think it will touch people, I hope it will touch people!

3Q: What was your best and/or worst experience while making Elsewhere, NY?

The best experience was learning to trust first impulses and to work hard and fast.
The worst experience? Well lets say most challenging; shooting my character’s final scene on day one.

4Q: Festival audiences often have to make hard decisions about what to see, and the catalog descriptions sometimes run together. In your own words, why should people see your film?

Elsewhere, NY is uncompromisingly and unapologetically intimate.

5Q: Time to pre-plan: You just won the Oscar for Elsewhere, NY. Give us your acceptance speech.

Well, how lucky and grateful I am to have had already learned so so much from these talented and daringly creative people. A thousand time thanks to team Elsewhere, NY!

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