Beatrice: Interview with Director Lorena Alvarado

9th April 2019

Beatrice started fencing on her feet when she was 5 years old.

We caught up with film maker Lorena Alvarado and asked her a few questions about Beatrice. If you’d like to see your film on, then please feel free to make a submission.

MadeGood – Please introduce yourself as a film maker. Let us know a bit about your background and how you got into directing. Do you typically make documentaries, or is there another type of filmmaking that you usually do?

Lorena – I am a filmmaker from Caracas Venezuela. I went to university in Boston where I got the chance to take film courses. Since then, I’ve developed a community or filmmaking friends and collaborators that have been crucial to my creative growth.

I mostly make short documentaries that focus on characters that have a special, almost surreal quality to them. I’m also interested in discussing social questions in abstract ways.

MadeGood – How did you come to know about Beatrice’s story, and what made you want to make a film about her? I see you worked with a production company, what was their involvement in making this film?

Lorena – I was pursuing a fellowship at Fabrica, a communications research center in Italy, and I was part of a small team of creatives working on social campaigns and multi-disciplinary projects. At the start of 2016, we were extremely eager to develop a new project. Our producer, Chiara Codognotto Capuzzo, found Beatrice online and thought she would be an amazing person to collaborate with. At first we thought of doing an experimental photo series, but when we met Beatrice in person, her presence and charisma were overwhelming. It was obvious that we had to make a film about her.

MadeGood – The sound design, music and colour all work very well together to create an almost dream like quality to the film. What was your process of working with your colleagues on this? Did you have a strong vision that you communicated to them, or was it more of a collaborative process?

Lorena – The sound design was done by Antti Ikonen who was also a fellow at Fabrica. He created every single sound in post. This was actually out of a mistake we made in production. We didn’t focus on getting good audio and then when we were sitting in the editing room we realized that all the audio we had recorded on set was unusable. At that point we had to figure out how to make a film with only voice over and sound design.

MadeGood – Beatrice talks about learning so much from the people around her, “From her I learned commitment, From him, positivity”. I found Beatrice’s story to be very inspiring, do you think you learned anything from the time you spent with her?

Lorena – Beatrice’s fearlessness and optimism are supernatural. I’ve never met someone so confident and excited about being alive. She really convinced me that the pursuit of happiness is all about outlook.

MadeGood – What are you working on next?
Lorena – I’m currently working on a short documentary about a jazz pianist.

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