Kevin Giles, Director of TRIO: First topic of discussion (a real general one) why POC’s [People Of Color] with disabilities are not represented in TV, film, pop culture, anything? Why do you think that is?
Page Peter Wilson, Producer/Actor of TRIO: I think that’s an easy one. I think that when it comes to representation behind the camera, there’s not enough of it. I think we need to see more people of color behind the camera. I think we need to see more people with disabilities, more people from the LGBTQ community behind the camera. I think that’s of the utmost importance.
I think that more people telling their own stories, it comes off more genuine and realistic and audiences…
Kevin: They pick up on it.
“It’s all about representation. If you see yourself or someone looking like you in a place, position, group that you wouldn’t otherwise imagine yourself in, it changes your perspective on what is possible…”
Page: They pick up on these things. They’re getting smarter and smarter, so I think that’s important.
Kevin: Representation. It’s all about representation. If you see yourself or someone looking like you in a place, position, group that you wouldn’t otherwise imagine yourself in, it changes your perspective on what is possible for you. So that should be the number one goal as far as the film industry is to continue to expand those experiences so people start seeing themselves and stop limiting themselves in what they believe they can do. I think is as simple as that.
Page: I agree. Our next topic is what are we doing to change that?
Kevin: I think as filmmakers the simplest thing we can do is if we want to see those stories, just make those stories. We’ve got to go out and do it ourselves. We’ve got to take the initiative and go out and film and tell those stories ourselves.
Page: I definitely agree with that. As a filmmaker I can echo that. And as an actor, personally I thank you. It’s about making a commitment to work with people from diverse backgrounds. I think it’s important to seek out those projects that may come from a place that is underrepresented or that you wouldn’t see as much. I think that’s important.
Kevin: I think inclusivity is a big key in changing the way we represent people. And when you include those people who you are talking about in those experiences, generally it makes them truthful because when we see it. When I see a person trying to tell a personal story about ourselves and you know they don’t experience that.
Page: It comes off as disingenuous…
Kevin: It comes off as disingenuous, right. It’s not truthful. I feel like that’s the biggest problem, the biggest hurdle we have to get over.
Next topic of discussion unforeseen problems that almost surround our production. Anything like that, any stories?
Page: I think not so much unforeseen but unpredictable. Working with a child actor is hard but working with a child who is a non-actor, that definitely presents its own unique challenges. I think we were able to work our way through those but a benefit of that was we got a lot of genuine and believable reactions…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).
Kevin Giles is the 2016 recipient of the DGA Student Award in the African American category for his short film The Blaise EP. His work has received official selections from notable film festivals including NFFTY, DeadCenter, Indie Memphis, Hollyshorts, and the Phoenix Film Festival. He works as a freelancer in Philadelphia, collaborating with local companies and artists.
Page Peter Wilson is an actor and screenwriter based out of Philadelphia, PA. His pilot script, “No Love Lost,” was awarded the TV Prime Time Award at the SIP Screenwriting Competition presented by the Greater Philadelphia Film Office. In addition to his experiences in the film industry, Page has enjoyed success starring in commercials and print ads for a number of national brand campaigns, including Head & Shoulders, Nationwide Insurance, and UNTUCKit.
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