Felipe Lima interview: My conversation with the skate film maker

I recently had the fortuitous opportunity to interview Brazilian film maker Felipe Lima, who will be in Los Angeles, California for a Meet the Artists event at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA on June 5th, 2011. Lima recently collaborated with skateboarding's Craig Stecyk and others on the museum's Art in the Streets exhibit, which highlights skateboarding culture and graffiti art. In addition to his work with MOCA, the well respected Lima has also worked on skateboarding related films for Arkitip Chronicles. What follows is a transcript of the interview.

Gonzalez: What emerging trends are you seeing in independent film making?

Film maker Felipe Lima at work - Photo courtesy of Fetta Sans
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Lima: I think what we're seeing is essentially the highest level of popular interest in documentary film making ever. It seems that the millions of camcorders that suddenly began transmitting every banal or extraordinary detail about our neighbors' lives suddenly made us all realize how strange and cool humans really are—to the point where the primary quality debated in criticism (comments) of online videos is whether or not they're 'fake.'

Gonzalez: Do you have any other exhibits planned and if so where and when?

Lima: A few of my videos will be screened in San Diego later this summer at the San Diego Contemporary Art Fair as part of a new short film series they've programmed called 'In/To Creating.'

Gonzalez: What words of advice would you offer aspiring film makers of today?

Lima: It's going to take hundreds of times longer than you expect for anyone to notice or care about your work, so make sure you enjoy what you're doing without the promise of eventual recognition or success.

Gonzalez: If you could be remembered for just one thing, what would that be?

Lima: A great movie—still working on that one…

Additional Information

Those interested in attending the June 5th event should pre-register through the Levis Film Workshop website. The event will start promptly at 3 p.m. and include an opportunity for attendees to ask Lima their own questions. The event is one in a series of events related to the museum's Art in the Streets exhibit which remain on display until August. Other upcoming events related to the exhibit include a screening of the skate film The Aberrican Originals, a chance to learn skate film making tips from Ty Evans and film pro skateboarders from both the Chocolate and GIRL Teams as well as watch the premier of Ty Evans newest skate film.

My children are skateboarders and I have a history of following the sport.

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Updated Wednesday, Jun 1, 2011