Director Krisstian de Lara speaks about El Chácharero’s premiere, what to expect and underlying messages

Kn2s Productions interviews award winning filmmaker Krisstian de Lara, and director of El Chácharero, a documentary short film that will premiere at El Paso Film Festival this October 26th.

El Chácharero is the third installment from a trilogy of documentary films from the border community of Juarez, Mexico and El Paso, Texas. This third chapter tells the story of a man that survives by picking up trash in downtown Juarez.

De Lara is an up-and-coming director that has shot films in Texas, South Florida, Mexico and Spain. He made his feature film directorial debut recently with horror film Investigation 13currently on digital platforms such as iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon, to name a few and available nationwide in its DVD form over at Walmart. Alongside the promotional stage of Investigation 13, he is concurrently in the post-production phase of his second directorial feature, Rift City.

In this interview, De Lara goes into detail about what should we expect from this new film, any underlying messages across the trilogy and why he believes this documentary is pertinent to audiences outside the border community of Juarez-El Paso.

Below is the full interview with the director:

Thank you Krisstian for joining us today for this Kn2s Productions interview and congratulations on the premiere of El Chácharero at El Paso Film Festival this Saturday, October 26th. 
De Lara: Thank you for having me. Looking forward to showcase another great story from the border.

1. Definitely! This is the third installment from the trilogy of documentaries that have shocked audiences from the border film community, what should we expect with this one?
De Lara: When we began looking for a story to film I had small hopes of finding a story that could top off the other two installments. Thankfully I had producer, Uriel Venegas, by my side pushing me and ultimately propelling this project into production because he was more actively looking for a story than myself. Nonetheless, it was not until we were in downtown Juarez together with the film equipment and we were struck by luck once again, just like the previous films. We found a very revelatory story that reflects the economic and social struggle of the city and shocks you once again due to the reality and nature of the subject. I am grateful to have found El Chácharero and be able to tell his story through this platform and hopefully have audiences see the raw truth of what families like his are going through.

2. So, is there an underlying message that comes across in all these three films?
De Lara: Yes, all of these films share a common string of messages and I invite audiences to connect the dots after watching El Chácharero‘s on the big screen.

3. Fantastic, we cannot wait! Lastly, why do you believe this story is pertinent to audiences outside the US-Mexico border community?
De Lara: This film just like El Dragón and El Flaco, spotlights the tenacity of the human spirit and the willingness to survive. It limelights the honorable way of earning an honest living despite how shocking that might be. That to me, is something to applaud for.

Well said, thank you Krisstian and looking forward to the premiere of El Chácharero at El Paso Film Festival!

De Lara concludes the interview by thanking Kn2s Productions, and inviting the audience to the premiere of El Chácharero this Saturday October 26th at 2:30pm at El Paso Museum of Art in downtown El Paso, Texas.

Watch El Chácharero’s second sneak peek below or click here.

El Chácharero will debut at El Paso Film Festival, under the “Documentary Shorts 2” program:
El Paso Museum of Art, 1 Arts Festival Plaza – Saturday October 26th, 2019 at 2:30pm in El Paso, Texas.
Films will be screening from October 23th throughout October 27th.
View the program here. | Visit the Official site: kn2s.com/elchacharero

Photography by Kn2s Productions. © Copyright 2019

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