Film Courage: Alex, when you teach actors, what lessons are you trying to drive home to them? Either creatively, personally?
Alex Sol: If I’m directing a play, I’m trying to show the person that’s doing the part, the work that there is a difference between you know acting something and being a human being and experiencing something, sharing yourself. What I’m trying to say is, from what this was for me, why I got into it was the notion that I could honestly share myself for other people. That human transaction was what it was all about. Period. End of story. That is what it was about.
So when I direct a play I try to maximize the human experience of being a person and what that really feels like. And what that really sounds like is very different when someone’s telling the truth versus I’m clever and I know how to act something. And that experience when you have the human experience, it transcends like…that’s a good actor. It transcends that you affected me personally. Do you understand what I am saying? So that… what I would say is get real with yourself and tell the truth in your work. That is what I would say.
Question: What was the last acting performance you saw that really affected you?
Alex Sol was born in 1973. He is an actor and assistant director, known for American History X (1998), Taking Lives (2004) and The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002).
“Hi, Mom!” Zooppa has partnered up with T-Mobile on a brand new project! T-Mobile gives its customers unlimited data and texting in over 140 countries and destinations—at no extra cost. T-Mobile wants to inspire those customers to travel and get off-the-beaten path—to be explorers, not tourists—and unlock adventures they can share when they take their phones. The ‘Hi, Mom’ project focuses on sharing the most extreme moments of adventure outside of the United States with family and friends back at home.
The project is open for submissions until February 21st, 2017 at 4:00 PM PST. There are $40,000 in total cash awards available that will be assigned to the top eight videos chosen by T-Mobile. In addition to the cash awards, all winning videos will also be featured on T-Mobile’s social and web platforms or as a part of a compilation celebrating adventurous moments from around the world.
THE WEEKEND SAILOR is a new feature documentary about the unexpected victory of the Mexican yacht Sayula II in the first crewed sailing race around the world in 1974. The most demanding sailing quest in history.
Sailor, Ramon Carlín visits his rebellious son, Enrique in the United Kingdom and comes across a magazine advertising a sailing race around the world. Although he had been sailing casually for two years, Ramon embarks on this race and brings his son along as an opportunity to not only teach him discipline but real life experiences as well.
Catch 22: based on the unwritten story by seanie sugrue: With Hurricane Sandy looming on the horizon, five hard-lived friends come to from a send-off celebration alongside an unexplained dead girl. What are friends for?
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT): Zooppa and Nickelodeon are inviting filmmakers and motion graphic artists from around the world to reimagine TMNT on a global scale through depicting what they are up to in various home towns or cities. The goal is to show how the Turtles would come to life in any given location, using local city or pop culture influences to help tell the story. Zooppa and Nickelodeon are looking for imagination and creativity, the videos made should be a fun way to share Turtle stories from across the globe––authenticity is key!
The project is open for submissions until February 23rd, 2017 at 4:00PM PST. There are $25,000 in cash awards available to the top 10 videos that will be chosen by Nickelodeon.