We recently had the pleasure of talking with filmmaker Victoria Bouloubasis, whose film, Un Buen Carnicero, is showing at this year’s Indie Grits Festival.
1. What is your connection to the South?
My family moved to North Carolina when I was seven years old. My father went from working as a waiter in Manhattan and a manager at my grandfather’s Greek Jersey diner to owning his own bonafide Southern fried fish camp in the rural town of Stony Point. Hushpuppies put me through college.
2. What was your muse for this film?
My community is always my muse. So are hard work and pride, and the beauty and struggle that always come along with it. I am drawn to putting ordinary lives into focus in unexpected ways, especially through food. Also, Tolo Martinez, el buen carnicero himself, has some amazing hair!
3. What was your first film?
Un Buen Carnicero is my first film! I am primarily a print journalist. (Actually, I helped shoot, produce and edit a short doc in a class years ago about a young refugee from Iraq who loves to go bowling.)
4. Did anything interesting or funny happen on set during the shooting?
The carniceros are still waiting for their Hollywood paychecks, and for Salma Hayek to walk through the door.
5. If you’ve been to Indie Grits before, what’s your favorite memory?
I first attended last year with my friends Sarah Garrahan and Nora Mendez to assist in translating a discussion after their film, Vida Propia. It was a privilege to listen to Nora, the subject of the documentary, speak her truth so eloquently and without fear in front of a crowd. The robot dance party is a close second favorite.