Filmmaker Lucy Mulloy discusses her new film "Una Noche," her desire to be a filmmaker and her filmmaking heritage on August 22, 2013. It wasn't really a large leap for Oxford graduate Lucy Mulloy to decide on attending film school after receiving her degree in politics, philosophy, and economics. As you see, Lucy's parents are both independent filmmakers working in the field of animation. She spoke eloquently about her mother saying "Mom is an incredible inspiration. She works on the experimental side of filmmaking, it's independent work."
Lucy picked the prestigious film school at NYU to gain her experience in the field. With professors like the talented filmmaker Spike Lee, how could she not succeed?
Lucy chose Cuba to be the topic of her short film that would serve as her thesis for graduation. She was interested in the decay of Havana in contrast with the romantic side of Cuba. But Lucy found that she stumbled upon a subject that was much more grand than would fit the constraints of a short film. The new filmmaker actually lived in Cuba while creating her script "My initial impression was much different and superficial compared to the real life there."
Picking up the language mostly on her own, Lucy met a young boy on the beach and he told her the story of three teenagers that tried to make the treacherous journey from Cuba to Florida on a makeshift raft. The story stayed with Lucy and she knew that this would be the personal story she would feature in her film. And thus the beginnings of the award-winning film "Una Noche" was on its way to being made.
It took a Lucy and a team of filmmakers, assistants, a grant from Spike Lee Productions, donated film by Kodak, donated cameras, permission from the Cuban government and the use of the NYU editing bay to bring "Una Noche" to fruition.
Lucy views film as the "perfect combination of ideas and the visual," and it appears that she is at a great start. "Una Noche" was released today, Aug. 23 in New York and will be released in Los Angeles on Sep. 6.
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