SAI MAN (SIMON) ZHAO, DIRECTOR OF 'WE THE PEOPLE?'
4-TIME NOMINEE BEST STUDENT FILM, BEST FILM (MEDIUM-LENGTH), BEST YOUNG FILMMAKER + BEST DIRECTORIAL DEBUT
Inside the Vision of Sai Man (Simon) Zhao: A Candid Interview on his Film 'We The People?'
Delving into the inspiration, themes, and filmmaking journey of the 4-time nominee at Lonely Wolf International Film Festival
As the four-time nominee at Lonely Wolf International Film Festival in categories such as Best Student Film, Best Film (Medium-Length), Best Directorial Debut, and Best Young Filmmaker, Sai Man (Simon) Zhao's directorial debut "We The People?" has garnered significant attention. This experimental, short, student film created at The Governor's Academy follows a person searching for his dream club, but a series of intense conversations ultimately leads to reflection on the purpose of his behavior and the faces of this world. We had the pleasure of conducting a detailed interview with Simon Zhao to learn more about his filmmaking process and vision.
When asked about the film's inspiration, Zhao stated that the genesis of the idea came from the Covid times. He explained, "My original idea for this film was to show a world of inequality where the authorities decide what people can have and their so-called 'inalienable rights'." He wanted to create a world where people could think about their lives without too much emotional attachment, which he believes to be the essence of entertainment and film.
Zhao faced numerous challenges