The Weinstein scandal causes two men to discover all of their favorite movies are now sexist in WHITE GUYS SOLVE SEXISM, playing in the “Laugh Out Loud” block of shorts on Friday, June 21 at 9:15am and Saturday, June 22 at 4:15pm.
We spoke with Writer/Director Christopher Guerrero about the film - read more, and see it next weekend!
NFF: Please say a little about your inspiration for the film. Why (or how) do you use comedy to tell your story?
CHRISTOPHER: The idea for WHITE GUYS SOLVE SEXISM originated after a conversation with a close friend. they told me about a number of male filmmakers from a famous University coming together to mourn the ‘loss of filmmaking’ in a post-Weinstein world. These men were so blindsided and shocked that women could be treated so terribly for so long… and they… THEY DIDN’T EVEN KNOW. While Weinstein’s abuse is both shocking and horrifying, it is far from the first sign of sexism in the film industry.
WHITE GUYS SOLVE SEXISM is an expression of the absurdity of men freaking out about something incredibly obvious to everyone else in the room. It is my hope that viewers can identify the absurdity, not unlike the characters in the short.
I also wanted to make a short about self-congratulatory elements of filmmaking. If this were ever to win an Academy Award, I would have to look out upon a sea of white men, hoisting a trophy, saying ‘We did it!’. Even recognizing that this film is good is a sort of congratulating itself. Give yourself a pat on the back, white guys. Ya did it.
NFF: What do you find the biggest advantages and challenges of making a short as opposed to a feature?
CHRISTOPHER: It really depends on the project for me, this project was conceived shot and edited within about 72 hours worth of time. Which is great because it allows you to come up with something quickly and then show it to the world. Though in other short films I've made, it was really hard to be concise, clear, and to the point. In shorts, you don't have much time have to choose wisely, which is an amazing challenge.
NFF: What are you working on currently, and/or where can we see more of your work?
CHRISTOPHER: The same day (June 21st) that WHITE GUYS SOLVE SEXISM screens in Nantucket I will be having the world premiere of my latest pilot/short film CAR STEALERS at the TCL Chinese theater for "Dances With Film" which is very exciting. You can find out more at: https://www.carstealers.com
Currently, projects getting ready to shoot are a short film called THE CUCK. "After being fired, a Drama teacher becomes an Alt-Right fanatic writing a play about a " Cuck", but he's too naive to see that the "Cuck" is in fact himself." Also, a short film called GIRL AFRAID with my partner Stef Estep-Gozalo which takes place in my home town of Selma, CA (near Fresno) about a young Latinx woman and how hard it is for young poor underprivileged mothers to get health care. In the realm of features, I am in pre-production and funding on a feature called THREE BULLSHIT DAYS with writer Ryan Gilmore its sort of THE BIG CHILL but about a metal band instead of college friends.
You can see more of my work at my website https://www.christopherguerrero.com, my latest finished projects will be there as well as click on my CV to view everything in chronological order.
NFF: Why are you excited to screen in Nantucket, and/or what do you hope Nantucket audiences might relate to or takeaway from the film?
CHRISTOPHER: I've been told for many years by many close film mentors that Nantucket was by far their favorite film festival to go to; it's intimate and you get to meet amazing people. I really hope people are able to take away how absurd the "white savior complex" is and how absurd it is for "men" not to realize that sexism exists or have turned a blind eye to it for so long. I would love to make people "wake up" and realize that horrible things are happening around them.