5 Things You Didn’t Know About Nicolás Pereda

Nicolás Pereda, the new director of Rutgers Filmmaking Center, has presented at major international film festivals including Cannes, and was awarded the Premio Orizzonti at the Venice Film Festival in 2010 for his film Summer of Goliath. Pereda is a Mexican-Canadian filmmaker whose work often explores Mexican class structure through family and friendship dynamics. His film Minotaur screened in September 2015 at the Toronto International Film Festival and in October 2015 at the New York Film Festival. Below he talks about what inspires him, how he got started in filmmaking, and what he wants to bring to the BFA in Filmmaking.

1. He believes in boredom
When I’m bored I start to think of ideas, of projects, of films. The ideas come from my everyday experience, from the things that I witness and from things that happen to me, but I need to be bored in order to reflect upon those things. I lived in Canada for 12 years. I guess it was the right place for me.

2. He’s keeps it in the family
I’m interested in the world that immediately surrounds me. I try to cast close friends and my own family members and I shoot mostly in their homes.

3. He was not a film geek
My parents hardly took me to the cinema as a child and at home TV was very restricted. I started watching films when I was 17. I remember discovering a world that was completely new to me. I realized that cinema could be something that I had never imagined.

4. 'It was alchemy'
I was 15 years old the first time I had access to a video camera and two VHS decks. The process of editing enamored me. It was alchemy. I didn’t know what to do with the medium, but I loved it.

5. He wants Rutgers students to be game-changers
The film industry has standardized all levels of production. It dictates the way screenplays are formatted, how stories are structured, the way a camera should be positioned, the lengths of shots, etc. These rules are artificial and incredibly limiting for artistic expression. I hope students in our program will take risks and will understand cinema as a unique art form, free from the constraints from the industry.

See the trailer for Minotaur:

Posted September 2015