Ana Barredo

Boston Girl Guide’s TC Krentz Uncovers
Ana Barredo's Real Job as Firey Filipino Filmmaker

TC: When did you first know when you were a filmmaker?

Ana: In college at UCLA, I had a pretty good idea then. There I was among other fledgling filmmakers, in THE city where filmmakers flourish, are accepted & supported. I could no longer run from the truth: I was one of them.

TC: A REAL JOB was written, directed & produced by one woman; you. Do people focus on that?

Ana: I do get the "not bad for a chick" mentality from my peers. And yes, it pisses me off although the adult way of reacting to is... just live & let live. Don't judge me, I won't you judge you.

TC: What's the movie about?

Ana: About a guy who becomes something he's not to get approval from everyone and in the end realizes he must return to his true self in order to be happy, no matter what people think.

TC: Isn't it true this film was actually about your double life? Were you just creatively projecting?

Ana: You might say that. I had to live a certain lifestyle during the workweek and another on the weekends. I was a filmmaker trapped inside the body of a DVD Project Manager. It was maddening, I tell ya!

TC: You operated like a gentle giant, despite your height (ha ha)- kinda like Clark Kent & the Superman role. Was it "kept quiet" for particular reasons?
Ana: People close to me suggested to me it would be best not to broadcast my little secret. Overall I think that was the best way to deal with it at that time. Now that it's common knowledge, of course I feel more comfortable talking about it publicly...finally.

TC: Right, because you're a very private person. People were always coming up to me and asking me, "well, is she? 'Is she what?' you know, is she uh, making a film?" I'd reply 'Ask her yourself'.

Ana: See? Aren't you glad I finally came out with it? Now everyone knows- no more secrets!

TC: So you didn't tell your parents you were making a film. Dedicated daughter by day, frenzied filmmaker by night. When did you finally come out of the celluloid closet to them?

Ana: It all happened at the film's premiere, in front of God and everybody. Actually, it was my sister who broke the news. I suppose there were some suspicions up to that fateful night.

TC: So, people started finding out about you and your little film.

Ana: Yes, I think they were hurt at first. And I heard "Ana, why didn't you tell me yourself?" for days after the premiere. I then realized how silly it was to worry about what everyone would think of me had they known all along.

TC: Did you simply tap in to your inner circle of friends to draw on talents needed to complete this film. Also, they say Grand Fenwick has a family feel to the organization.

Ana: More like a mafiosa feel. Kidding of course- is this going to print?

TC: Is it true you chopped someone's finger off because they walked off the film?

Ana: What?! No! Who told you that? Let's just say that once you're in the Grand Fenwick family, you're a lifer. No backing out unless you can handle the peer pressure of deviation. But we strongly advise to remain part of the family. Y'know what I'm sayin'? Fahget about it. Badabing! And forget you ever heard of the finger story, alright already?

TC: What finger story?

Ana: That's my girl.

TC: They say behind every great man is a woman. And behind every great woman filmmaker is a Henry Rivas. Who is that guy? How crucial was he to making the film? Did you influence him to come over to the creative side or did he realize on his own he was also like you?

Ana: Henry was questioning himself for a long time. I saw him struggling and when I told him what I was about to do, I suppose it was a breeding ground for him to come to terms with his own creativity issues. It was a perfect opportunity for both of us to experiment with this idea. We supported each other during those times of doubt. We often asked ourselves: 'Are we doing the right thing or are we just fooling ourselves with this outrageous project'?

TC: You have several layers of minority-hood. Is that working for you or against you on this project?

Ana: There aren't a lot of us in this line of work, at least at this level. It's easy for people to shoot down a brown skinned foreign-born female working alone in even the most liberal industry. I stood lonely among the crowd.

TC: What's with your Jerry Lewis obsession? This isn't like one of those Rosie O'Donnell/Tom Cruise thing, is it?

Ana: Jerry & I have never had dinner together. That's a Rosie quote, by the way. Hmm.... why do I like Jerry Lewis? Why do
people like gefulte fish, or Spam, for that matter?

TC: How much money does it cost a talented, unmarried, strong-minded, independent, tenacious Filipino woman to make a movie these days?

Ana: I was lucky. I happened to have two old friends who ended up being my financial backers. You probably know them, too- Visa and Mastercard?

TC: Tell us all about the NYC Film Festival.

Ana: Oh, it was your typical film festival that took place on September 10th, blocks from the World Trade Center. Everything went well up until World War III almost erupted the next morning. Kinda made what could have been my momentous lofty entry into glamorous Tinsel Town seem so frickin' trivial.

TC: What's happening with the film right now?

Ana: Well, after months of looking for the right distributor to take care of my baby, we found Image Entertainment. Funny how sometimes, you exert so much energy into finding the right one when it's right in front of you all along. Maybe you just have to leave some things to fate. Anyway, A REAL JOB is finally coming out on DVD and VHS on June 4th at a video store near you!

TC: That's very exciting! How did you hear of this company?

Ana: Well... I work there... as a DVD Project Manager… um, with you, as a matter of fact! Oh, yeah. Image Entertainment.

TC: How profound! The company responsible for your "real job" is distributing your movie "A REAL JOB!"

Ana: That’s a clever way way of putting it. Speaking of "real job," I guess we should return to ours. Lunch break’s over!

TC: See you in the break room later?

Ana: You got it.

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