Interview with TOY BOY Director March Mercanti

It’s always nice to hear feedback. I am glad that a lot of the audience saw Jeff as an inspiration to be yourself no matter what others might think of you.

– March Mercanti, on the WILDsound experience.

    WATCH the ‘TOY BOY’ Audience FEEDBACK Video:

Matthew Toffolo interviews Director March Mercanti:

Matthew: What motivated you to make this film?

March: I started following Jeff on twitter about two years ago. His tweets caught my eye because they were either about a new toy purchase or a very stern/hilarious viewpoint on a topic. When I met up with him to discuss general fandom, it developed into myself making a film on Jeff.

Matthew: From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?

March: 3 months

Matthew: What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

March: To be honest, Jeff was my biggest obstacle. We laugh about this now. But he was very controlling on how he wanted the film to be represented and what content I was showing. One example, we shot some stuff from his favourite collection, Jurassic Park, and I had to leave it on the cutting room floor in the editing room because it simply didn’t fit in with the other parts of the film. I think he is still mad at me for that. There were numerous other things he didn’t like. But Jeff gained some trust in me after he showed his parents and close friends a cut of the final project. Jeff was vulnerable when it came down to it and I thank him for that. His challenges he gave me were stressful but it helped us see eye to eye in the end of it all.

Matthew: You were at the festival, what was your favourite film that played at the festival besides your own?

March: My Buddy. It was diverse yet it used extremely easy story telling devices.

Matthew: Your subjects were at the festival too. They seem to relish on their 15 minutes of fame. We joked about a sequel. Think it will ever happen?

March: I don’t think Jeff will sell all of his toys any time soon but if he did I would be down to explore the possibilities. Jeff will always be interesting.

Matthew: What is next for you? A new film?

March: I am making my first comedy short film this spring/summer.

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Sneak Peak: Full Lineup of Short Films for the Thursday Feb. 26th Film Festival

RSVP for the Thursday February 26th Film Festival – Best of Short Films from Canada, Turkey, Greece, Australia. 7pm, Carlton Cinemas in downtown Toronto, Canada

http://www.wildsound.ca/torontofilmfestivals.html

You can also buy a festival pass for only $40 for the 2015 season, which includes a FREE ticket to all 10 events.

Our first film festival of 2015 is an excellent lineup of films:

TOY BOY, 8min, Canada, Documentary/Family
Directed by March Mercanti

A 30-year-old lives at home with his parents, their two cats … and 5,000 toy

THE MAN WHO FED HIS SHADOW, 18min, Greece, Drama/Magic
Directed by Mario Garefo

A man intrudes on rich people’s dinners claiming that he can collect the food from their table and feed his shadow which, curiously enough, is a female figure.

FIXED, 7min, Australia, Comedy/Family
Directed by Codey Wilson

Jemimah wants Tilly to have puppies. At any cost.

THE WHEEL OF TIME, 12min, Turkey, Thriller/Future
Directed by Kagan Kerimoglu

In a world where humans believe to possess immortality, but are actually murdered by the government, a hacker struggles to inform others about the danger through a secret network that he created. When government finds out about his actions, he becomes their next target.

MY BUDDY, 24min, Canada, Drama/Future
Directed by Mark Moliterni

Through the story of a lonely old man and his android robot butler, “My Buddy” celebrates the power of movies and TV to connect us.

BOW TO YOUR PRINCE Short Film from November 2014 Film Festival

The film was a thesis project I did while I was attending the Toronto Film School. I wanted to do something different so I took an old story idea I had and transformed it into a fantasy/fairytale genre.

– March Mercanti, on his short film Bow to your Prince

The November 2014 Film Festival had a special film in Bow to your Prince as it’s very rare to see a perfectly executed fantasy film in this medium.

The short film was the winner of Best Musical Score from the festival

    Watch the Audience Feedback from the Festival:

Get to know more about the film here:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/bow_to_your_prince.html

Lerato struggles with the pressures placed upon him as he must defend his lover from an evil Prince.

Q&A with Director March Mercanti:

MT: From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?

March: 1 and a half years

MT: What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

March: Not enough time on set

MT: You were at the festival, what were your initial reactions when watching the Toronto audience talking about your film?

March: It was all positive feedback so it felt good. But I was hoping for a comment that was a little darker haha

MT: Other than your own, what was your favourite film that played at the festival?

March: Birds Fly South was great. I have a brother so I related to it. Cycle was also a keeper.

MT: It seems like the world and characters you created have the potential to be made into a feature film. Is their a feature script based on this short film written?

March: There is not a full out script written but I have an outline for the feature. The short film climax would be placed somewhere in the middle of the feature. A stronger setup would be created and a more consequences would take place afterward.

MT: What film have you seen the most in your life?

March: London – 2005 – dir Hunter Richards – I was younger and was fascinated by it – I feel differently about it now.

MT: What is next for you? A new film?

March: I just completed a short documentary called “Toy Boy” about a 30 year old who lives at home with his parents, two cats …and 5,000 toys.

March Mercanit BIO – http://www.marchmercanti.com

March grew up telling vivid stories…to himself…while playing with his action figures. He would steal his sister’s dolls because he wanted to diversify the drama between characters. Luckily as years went on he was able to direct real human beings.

He graduated from McMaster University (Theatre and Film Studies) and the Toronto Film School (Film Production).

He is currently freelancing in Hamilton and Toronto.

He loves writing, reading and chocolate chip cookies.