Interview: Filmmaker Marco Veltri

Recently Pasquale Marco Veltri was awarded won best narrative award at the Columbus International Film Festival with his Canadian multicultural film “Words to Remember” which features four different languages.

Veltri’s film ‘Words to Remember’ examines the heart wrenching pearls of wisdom that would be passed down to us if our future selves could share their reflections and regrets with us in the present moment. For the present moment, is the only moment that can truly make the difference in our lives. If people lived life with the end in mind, they would find the nouns that matter most are not places or things, but, human beings. It is only through the hearts and minds we touch, through the peaks and valleys of joy and pain, that any evidence of our existence will remain.

So we just had to sit down with Marco and get inside this amazing writer and film-makers mind.

Who inspires you?

I owe everything I am to the support I receive from my family and friends. Without there help and support I would of given up a long time ago. They inspire me to keep going.

What is “Words to Remember” about?

The film is about regret. What might you regret at the end of your life? How important is your anger and your own opinions in the grand scheme of things? How you treat others is more important than how many times you were proven right. There’s a disconnect between generations and I think we’re losing our ability to emotionally connect with other people. We’re all hard-wired to focus on our careers and we forget that life is about caring for the ones we love and it’s important to continually reinforce the emotional bonds we have with one another. The film is about simplifying your core values and caring for the ones you love.

Does having an Italian decent reflect how to direct films?

I think my community is reflected in my films. You can walk down the street of any major city in Canada and by the time you have travelled 3 blocks you have probably heard 3 to 4 different languages. I wanted to represent the backgrounds and cultures I grew up in and the only way to do that was to have several different languages in the film. The mixing of languages helped build the universal themes of family and living in the moment. In the end the use of four languages helped me gain a strong appreciation for the proper representation of diversity in my films.

Why did you want to become a director?

I was always going to be and will still be an astronaut one day. I grew up watching Star Wars and E.T, so I was always sure I’d end up traveling to space. One day, I turned around one my Star Wars trading cards and there was picture of someone with a giant camera on the set. I had no idea that people made movies until that moment. Once I understood that there were people that made movies I never looked back; it was all I thought about. The behind the scene image on the back of my Star Wars card help me understand that making movies was cooler than being an astronaut. Well, almost…

What inspired you to write and director the film, “Words to Remember?”

I went through a period of time where I was desperately trying to evaluate what I might regret at the end of my life. I was hoping to discover what I regretted now and what could I do to change things before it was too late. After making a few simpler films, I was trying to see if I could push the boundaries of a narrative film and try to tell a story as visual poem. A visual poem could tell a story in a more universal way, but at the same time hug the edges of narrative film.

Do you have a common theme in your films?

I might be too close to my work to notice the common themes in my films, but I’ve been told that my films have a tendency to examine the human condition. My films have covered a variety of topics including paranoia, memory, self-doubt and regret. Every artist has an obsession that drives them and pushes them forward and I’ve always been driven to try to understand why we do what we do and what makes us who we are.

What makes you different from other directors in the business?

When your working in your own little bubble it’s hard to see the differences between you and other filmmakers. I think I maybe have more self-doubt than other filmmakers but that’s just my self-doubt talking.

What are you “addicted” to?

Filmmaking and Chocolate.

Can you tell us about your next film?

We’re on pre-production on a few projects and we’re pushing towards our first feature film. We’ll have to pick our next project based on the budget we can get but I know we’ll be shooting sometime next year, and hopefully we’ll have a new project to talk about in about a year and half. We’ll be launching a crowd-funding campaign in February 2015. Hopefully I’ll find the money and the willpower to finish my next project.

In three words can you describe your film style?

Visual, emotional and character-driven storytelling.

How can fans get in contact with you?

They can find me on Twitter @pmveltri or they can track me down Here



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