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Ferdinando Cito FilomarinoEmerging Masters

Ferdinando Cito Filomarino: “It was a different type of mission”

September 19, 2021
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Ferdinando, what qualities are essential in a good filmmaker?

I would say definitely that one is urgency. It's difficult to make a film, it's expensive. Many films are made, and sure, they're recognizable and entertaining — but often you feel like, “Okay, I've seen it before. It's familiar.” Because there's so many movies and series being produced, I find that something important to me as a spectator is: why make that movie? What was the urgency behind this filmmaker to put this whole thing together and make it happen? Usually, it just so happens that when there is something more personal and urgent, the film is better, or more interesting. To me, at least.

By personal, do you mean literally?

It doesn't have to mean literally personal, no. But with a personal affinity to a story, whether that’s the filmmaker, the actors… Those films usually tend to stand the test of time more than films that are made from just a feeling of the time. With the best films, the ones we still watch many decades later... I think there’s a very strong personal vision behind them. That’s probably the most important thing to make something that can last. The ironic thing is that in many cases, the opposite happens! These kinds of films are often not appreciated at first and then years later, people are like, “Oh, that film was so good!” (Laughs) I remember John Carpenter saying that about, I think it was The Fog, and he said, “Where were you 10 years ago?!”

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Arlo ParksEmerging Masters

Arlo Parks: “It feels like what I’m meant to do”

September 18, 2021
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Arlo, journalists often describe you as the voice of a generation — a label you tend to reject. If you’re not the voice of a generation, who do you hope to be the voice for?

That's actually the best way that someone's asked me that question! I guess I want to be a voice for the kid. I mean, it sounds quite contrived, but I want to make music that I would have wanted to hear when I was 14. When I was that age, I would listen to artists and think, “Wow, I feel represented by that. I feel inspired by that,” if I was listening to like Tyler the Creator, or Frank Ocean, Odd Future, all of them… I want to be that person that kids can listen to, and feel energized by because they've never felt like they had someone that they could listen to and see themselves in before.

Being the voice of a generation also seems like a lot of pressure to place on you as a musician; you can never really speak for anyone except yourself.

Yeah, it can be dangerous to kind of try and target your art to a certain type of people! You don't know who's going to gravitate towards your work, you never know what people are going get out of the work. So I try and just create music that feels true to my taste, and then see what happens. I've kind of honed in on that fact more than ever. Lately I’ve been collecting words and lyrics and kick drum sounds and filters and auto tunes… Whatever it was, and it became this moodboard, this kaleidoscope of truly everything that I like. All I can do is put that together and put it out — and at least I know that it's me.