A couple welcomes their first born son into the world. Tensions slowly arise over a disagreement which lead them into questioning their identity.
(screens at #ocanfilmfest2019 on Nov 2 at 6:30pm – details & tickets)
Ray Savaya is a filmmaker from Toronto, Canada. He arrived in Canada as an infant when his parents escaped the Gulf War in 1991 as refugees. As a film editor, Ray’s work has been accepted into countless festivals including Cannes, TIFF, VIFF, and LA Shorts Fest. He has won a short film competition for Jimmy Kimmel Live! and a writing competition for The Simpsons. Ray’s directorial debut, Newborn, is his most personal project to date.
What inspired your film?
The film is inspired by real life conversations I had about my own name, exploring the question of why I, and many people, prefer to go by a more anglicized name rather than the name they were given.
What was the biggest challenge in making your film?
Writing a fictional film based from a real life personal struggle and keeping the story authentic.
What was the best part of the experience for you?
Watching the end result on a big screen with the cast and crew.
What advice would you give aspiring filmmakers?
Trust your instincts & take risks. Always stay true to yourself.
What’s next for you?
I am very grateful I received funding to write & direct a new project. I will be working on that, and I hope to continue telling stories that others can relate to.
#Newborn will be reaching Canada’s capital of #Ottawa @ Ottawa Canadian Film Festival @ocanfilmfest. Very grateful this film continues to be seen. As always, thank you to the cast & crew. #OCanFilmFest2019https://t.co/GPSI3hOmcW
Saturday Nov 2, 6:30pm
— Ray Savaya (@raysavaya) October 28, 2019