How (if at all) does the film industry differ from Los Angeles to Argentina?
The most notorious difference between the two is the number of projects and production companies you can find in the US.
In Los Angeles, once you are involved in the industry, you can choose what kinds of projects you want to be part of for the next few months, something more independent, or more commercial, maybe a documentary, etc. On a personal level, this is great. I've never seen that many options in any other city.
In Argentina, art is a part of everyday life - it's an inspiring place where everybody is related to the creative world in one way or another. However, it's not easy to make a living just working on movies. The majority of films are produced with an extremely tight budget. In a sense, this can be great because it pushes you to find your creativity to make the story work, but financially, it is quite a struggle.
While living in Los Angeles, you’ve primarily worked as a freelance editor for such studios as Fox Studios, and Sundance Award-winning director, Rafal Zielinski. What’s it like balancing your own feature-film documentary work and your editorial jobs?
I have learned a lot while working as an editor for other directors. Having that kind of experience is extremely useful when designing the shot list of my own projects. Also, being able to see the creative process and passion of talented directors, such as Rafal, has been very encouraging.
On the other hand, sometimes witnessing issues in the editing room helps me to be more efficient on set. I am able to ensure that I get all the shots needed to properly edit the film together to tell a strong story.
Working as a professional editor and shooting my personal films at the same time is very intense - sometimes, I create the script and the production design before getting into the office very early in the morning, and I shoot the weekends during my free time. It's a little stressful, but I am very grateful to have the opportunity to do it and to be passionate about it.
Has the journey to becoming the incredible filmmaker that you are today presented any challenges along the way?
Yes, a lot. And I continue to run into challenges to this day.
There is a constant struggle financially, such as finding investors for projects, being rejected from a lot of calls, being respected as a female filmmaker - the list goes on and on.