Struggling with depression, a famous vlogger travels to Asia and documents his search for dopamine.
Patrick Weiers, director
Patrick Weiers is an emerging Canadian artist and filmmaker who’s been working professionally for over five years. He’s continuously on the hunt to explore contemporary consumption patterns, while expanding the boundaries of cinema. His short films have screened at a handful of festivals across Canada including the Nickel Independent Film Festival and the Oakville Film Festival. He made his international debut at the 2020 South Dakota Film Festival with his latest short film, I Hope They Remember My Name.
Patrick Weiers answered a few questions.
What inspired your film?
While I was motivated to explore the façade of our online lives, and comment on the rise of mental health issues, the film was largely inspired by Anthony Bourdain’s untimely passing. He was a figure who lived a blissful and envious lifestyle, although we now know that he was struggling deeply with depression.
What was your biggest challenge in making your film?
The biggest challenge was shooting on location without permits. From unreliable location scouting on Google Maps, to occasionally being in dangerous situations, it was a nerve-wracking, yet rewarding aspect of the process.
What was the best part of the experience for you?
Because of the film’s unconventionality and conceptual emphasis, the best part of the experience was realizing that it was having an impact on the audience. A lot of time and occasional self-doubt went into this work, and to see genuine positive feedback from audiences on top of festival acceptances is indescribably satisfying.
What advice would you give aspiring filmmakers?
Shoot everything and never turn down a job. There’s no limit to improving your craft as a filmmaker, and every time you pick up a camera or work a day on a set, you’re going to expand your knowledge and hone your skills.
What’s next for you?
I’m currently developing I Hope They Remember My Name into a feature film, and I hope to continue exploring our ever-evolving consumption of media, while pushing the boundaries of cinematic form.