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An Interview with Marcelo Fabani, Director of Doomsday Stories' segment Forever Man

by Mike Haberfelner

February 2023

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Your segment Forever Man in the anthology Doomsday Stories - in a few words, what is it about?

 

It is about rescuing and prioritizing our humanity from any dehumanization to which we may be subjected.

 

With Forever Man being of the dystopian science fiction variety, is that a genre at all dear to you, and some of your genre favourites?

 

My origins and main work are based on horror but I've found sci-fi very appropiate to say the things I was saying using horror genre.

 

(Other) sources of inspiration for Forever Man?

 

Omega Man, The Day the Earth Stood Still. Environment of the protagonist and image respectively.

 

Do talk about Forever Man's approach to science fiction!

 

I always admire Ray Bradbury. His use of a future hyper-technological to critizise a society sick with banality and conformism, comfortably living but not happy, was all an inspiration to me. Forever Man attempts to show a certain direction which many things are heading to. And, as happens with humour or horror, science fiction helps to communicate an idea with certain impact.

 

A few words about your overall directorial approach to your story at hand?

 

Forever Man is a distopic picture of the actual world where, in my vision, people have less room to develop as human beings. Too much technology, too much loneliness despite the strong communication routes, less farms, less neighbourhood shops, less contact between people. Virtuality against reality.

 

What can you tell us about Forever Man's cast, and why exactly these people?

 

Heather Carson is a great actress who can perform any kind of roles, and I worked with her in a multi-awarded short movie of mine called Smartest Creature. Impossible to pass up this opportunity to enjoy her acting as the President, where she was really awesome, giving the character the exact attitude that it was required.

Chandra Mouli Nandy is an Indian system engineer who came to work in my country, Uruguay, and we met when he asked me for consulting about real state and became friends. He is an amateur actor, and after watching his performances in commercials, I asked him to perform this multicultural segment. 

Melisa Reyes is an Uruguayan commercials actress. We've been friends for a long time, and I thought she was perfect to perform the unscrupulous recruiter-surgeon who earns money extracting organs for the black market and sending lonely males to the new government program.

 

Do talk about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?

 

Very funny atmosphere. A lot of fellowship and very clear the concept that in a low budget movie, all of us are one. One fails, all fail, mainly me. We shot in a farm, in a house, on the beach and indoors. We had to move from one stage to another and we've enjoyed all. The weather was with us and we could accomplish the deadline we had set.

 

As mentioned, Forever Man is part of the anthology Doomsday Stories - so how did you get involved with that project in the first place?

 

I was invited by filmmaker and producer Phil Herman [Phil Herman interview - click here] once again to make a segment for Doomsday Stories.

 

Do talk about Doomsday Stories' creator/showrunner Phil Herman, and what was your collaboration like?

 

Phil is a talented filmmaker and producer with great experience managing teams. He gave us artistic freedom to decide what way that our stories could follow. I think that is the virtue of Doomsday Stories, diversity and strong stories, supported by a man who knows cinema. With that premise of artistic freedom my collaboration was a pleasure for me.

 

Doomsday Stories isn't the first time you've worked with Phil Herman - so do talk about your previous collaborations, and how have you two first met to begin with?

 

We met the same way we did with Heather Carson. A mutual friend a talented filmmaker called Todd E. Braley [Todd Braley interview - click here] opened the American gates to me, inviting me to a Colorado Showcase where I had the unique opportunity of showing what I was doing in my country. Phil watched those works and invited me for the first time to contribute a segment in the sequel of his famous Horrortales.666. I submitted The Last Farewell of Mr. Perez, a fantasy about reunion after death, and he liked it. Then, the 2nd invitation came and Phil liked Victoria, a horror comedy that is a tribute to Nosferatu 100 years after its first screening. Forever Man is my third collaboration with Phil Herman in one of his movies.

 

Any future projects you'd like to share?

 

Yes, thank you for the question. This year an anthology movie called Witches, They Will Cross the Threshold will be launched. It's a choral movie proposed by Argentinian filmmaker Ruth Gomez with directors of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile and Mexico. I was invited to make the Uruguayan segment which was written by me and co-directed with a fellow Uruguayan filmmaker.

 

What got you into filmmaking in the first place, and did you receive any formal education on the subject?

 

I was just another horror movie fan from my childhood years. One day I had the opportunity to help in a production inside Universal Studios in Hollywood. In that moment something exploded in my head and I took the decision of leaving my seat and take a camera to make my own movies. So, I went to the Cinema School of Uruguay and took the only career that I could take with a full day job: Scripting. I was graduate after 2 year long courses. Before starting to film movies, I've made a self teaching by sharing experience to other filmmakers and using all the available material on internet. I have the fortune of having talented filmmakers' advices that support my work like the Argentinian filmmaker Sol Martinez. He has been a great advicer and my latest improvements are due to him

 

What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to Forever Man?

 

It has been a 20 years path, plenty of satisfaction and friendship. I've touched many topics of human feelings using horror genre as an evirontment. I've talked about old age loneliness and alienation, gender violence, child abandonment, family reunion, treason, black comedy, actual society chances, love after death, ambition and spite.

 

How would you describe yourself as a director?

 

I tell stories that showsmy interests on how we are living now in a our society, searching for an agile rythm of narration and images that aren't easy to forget. I don't fall in love with my shots and I don't hesitate to cut anything that works against the narration.

 

Filmmakers who inspire you?

 

I admire the beauty of Andrei Tarkowsky's images. I was very inspired by the best example of the superb management of suspense of Alfred Hitchcock. I love the use of symbolism and the way of storytelling of Stanley Kubrick. And far from today, I always admired John Ford by his unique way to balance violence with love and moments of peace with a fluent storytelling. John Carpenter is a strong example of what I want to be.

 

Your favourite movies?

 

Solaris, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Psicosis, The Shinning, They Live.

 

... and of course, films you really deplore?

 

The ones I deplore the most are the ones that bore me. Although since I make movies, I don't classify them as bad because that judgment is very subjective and there is a lot of work behind any movie.

 

Your/your movie's website, social media, whatever else?

 

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Anything else you're dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?

 

Yes, and thanks again for your questions. My highest goal is to serve as an inspiration to other people who want to find what they are passionate about in life and think that it's something that's only achieved when young. I am 58 years old and I just started as an adult to develop this passion. It's never too late, that was what I wanted to say.

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

Thank you very much Michael

 

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