Please explain what just happened.

I was born. I am living. What else could have happened that mattered?

What is your earliest memory?

Sinking my head into the water with a mask and snorkel and being transported into a different world, among the rocks and fish, swimming in 3 feet of water. That’s the day I fell in love with the ocean. I can’t remember when it was, but I will never forget it.

If you weren’t a filmmaker, what other profession would you choose?

Photographer, oceanographer, or both.

Please describe the current contents of your refrigerator.

Things that swim, things that grow on trees and things that grow from the ground.

What verb best describes you?

Passion. Oops that’s not a verb. Wish it was…Then it has to be “inspire.”

What would you say to yourself if you could go back in time and have a conversation with yourself at age thirteen?

I’d say: “At some point, it’s possible that your future self is going to come back in time and want to have a conversation with you. Don’t listen to him. “

What are the steps you take to regain your composure?

Isolation. Yoga.

Define “success.”

Being happy.

From what or whom do you derive your greatest inspiration?

From life’s beauty and magic, when I have time to see it. Otherwise, from artists like Rembrandt, Caravaggio and Andrew Wyeth, who had more time and talent than me to see it.

What change do you want to be in the world?

That which inspires.

Are you pro- or anti-emoticon? Please explain.

Mixed feelings. Sometimes 🙂 and sometimes 🙁

How are you six degrees from Kevin Bacon?

I might be less than six, I live in Hollywood!

What makes you feel most guilty?

It’s not Haagen Dazs, believe me.

Please list three things you never leave home without.

Two ears and one mouth, so I can listen more and talk less.

What is the worst piece of advice you’ve ever gotten?

“That girl is no good for you.”

What is the best advice you’ve ever given to someone else?

The one that was never followed.

What do you consider the harshest kind of betrayal?

Anything coming from somebody you thought was a real friend.

Of all the game shows that have graced our TV screens throughout history, which one would you want to be a contestant on and why?

That’s a hard one. I’d have to watch TV first.

What do you want to know?

Myself.

What would you like your last words to be?

I love you.

Please explain what will happen.

I leave that one to the universe.

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A native of Argentina, Luciano Blotta received a scholarship to study film production at the University of Miami, where his short documentary film My Grandfather, The Painter earned the respect of his mentors, who encouraged him to move to Los Angeles. Having spent the last 8 years there, Luciano quickly moved up the ranks of the biggest Hollywood film sets, operating video systems for celebrated directors such as, Ron Howard, Steven Soderbergh, John Woo and Steven Spielberg.

Luciano Blotta’s first feature documentary, RiseUp, was shot over several years in the island of Jamaica and has taken the film festival circuit by storm. Before RiseUp he directed the controversial documentary short Nutrition Facts (2002), which premiered at Slamdance Film Festival and Argentina’s BAFICI International film festival, to rave reviews. While not directing documentary projects, Luciano pours his passion into cinematography, photographing commercials, music videos and feature films.

It is his work on RiseUp that reflects Luciano’s passion for beauty and the celebration of life, as seen through the lives of other passionate artists as himself.

9 responses to “21 Questions with Luciano Blotta”

  1. Welcome to TNB, Luciano! We’re so fortunate to have you here and I am so tickled to have been in attendance at your World Premiere in Amsterdam!

    I have to say, I love your ‘three things’! My grandfather used to say that all the time, and brought back very special memories. 🙂

    All the best for your success with RiseUp and beyond! February at Lincoln Center**, right?!

    **For those of you who are lucky enough to be in a town where RiseUp is screening (check the schedule at http://www.riseupmovie.com) you should RUN, not walk!

    • Luch says:

      Thanks! I love being here and I am enjoying the comments. Indeed, RiseUp will screen at the Lincoln Center on February 25th! One Love, Luch.

  2. LitPark says:

    Wow, your earliest memory says so much about you and makes me want to see your film.

  3. Zara Potts says:

    Looking forward to seeing your film. The stills are gorgeous…

  4. Cush says:

    If you ever come by wearing that hat, your last words will not be I love you.

    Nice interview, Luch…

  5. Cush says:

    She lies.

    They all lie.

  6. Jill says:

    I am hoping to be able to see your film in Jamacia, but it would be hard on such short notice!!!! I will be excited to see it, my love of Bob Marley and The Wailers began at the young age of 12 when everyone on the Gulf Coast of Florida was listening to Jimmy Buffet. Since than I have more love for Jamacian music than I could even explain due to the ability to experiance more artist and feel the need for freedom. Reggea helps me get through the day, night, hard times, long trips, and while smoking my herb. I am actually listening to a mix on I tunes as I type this.

    I will be looking for the release and waiting in vain until I am ablr to purchase it for my library…….I wish I could experiance what you did while researching ang filming. But if I visit jamacia I may never return to Florida…..well I would have to get a few things!!!!

    ~ONE LOVE~

    • luch says:

      Thanks! It would be great if you can make it! Did you see our contest on facebook? Maybe you can win 2 passes for the red carpet….

      The movie opens on the 27th and will be up in the theaters for at least a week. After that, the DVD coming to the RiseUp store.

      Thanks for the comments and keep them coming. Any suggestions for the DVD or what you’d like to see on it?

      One LOve,

      Luch.

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