GSUS LOPEZ [The Blog]
inHOUSE FILM FESTIVAL + Q & A
Read below the Q&A that I did with the organisers of inHouse Film Festival held in a wonderful warehouse in Manor House (North London). On thursday night a small selection of FASHION FILMS including my beloved IT MELTS commissioned by Pigeons & Peacocks magazine, were shown in the big screen and the reaction of the audience couldn’t have been better! Congratulations on this festival and I hope to be present again next year. Thank you again to everyone involved!
“It Melts”, a delirious fashion film directed by Gsus Lopez, will be screened tonight in the Fashion NOW selection curated by inHOUSE. Let’s hear what Gsus has to say about the inspirations behind the film:
Q. What references or inspirations did you have for It Melts?
A. The idea came when I saw a girl on the underground who was eating a crepe that started dripping chocolate on her handbag … she vaguely cleaned it and she didn’t seem to care too much about it. I asked myself: ‘what if that bag was precious because of an emotional attachment or even just the price tag? On the other hand I am very intrigued by our ephemeral existence and how objects – especially fashion – remain here after we are gone, finding themselves new owners. It’s scary but beautiful at the same time. Even though ‘It Melts’ is really product of my imagination; I always find inspiring the films of Xavier Dolan, Pedro Almodóvar and Wong Kar Wai. They are true masters in telling stylish and beautiful stories.
Q. What are most looking forward to about tonight?
A. It is the first festival since I made the film I can attend in which ‘It Melts’ will be screened so I am really looking forward to seeing it in the big screen. I’m also excited to see what other local filmmakers bring to the table and hopefully meet a few of them. The audience’s response is also frightening but fascinating so let’s see how people react and what they think when they see it!
Here are a few snaps I took at the event:
Winner of the Grand Prix ASVOFF Barcelona 2012 for Best Film for Ephemeral Nature, Gsus was recently commissioned to produce ‘It Melts,’ a film to launch Pigeons & Peacocks Issue 6.
I chose to study my BA in Fashion Media at London College of Fashion part time because I was supporting myself financially, so this meant I could continue paying my rent and tuition fees. I worked as a receptionist in a bank for a few months then in an office role for three years.
I was determined to make a change in my life and it gave me hope to know that at the end of the day I could hopefully find a job that was more creative. In my second year I focused on my studies in creative media and my teacher encouraged me to try working with film instead of photography. I worked in an office Monday to Wednesday each week so that from Thursday to Sunday I could concentrate on my university work and be creative.
The ‘It Melts’ video was my third film, but the first one I was paid to create. The LCF magazinePigeons & Peacocks commissioned the film and did open casting for the main role. We had to work hard to get permission to shoot in the locations around London and the result is a collaboration of me and a cinematographer, editor and camera operative. There’s a bit more about my work on my Showtime profile.
I finished the film during my summer break and we’re submitting it to festivals now, such as the Berlin Fashion Film Festival while I’m focusing on my final project, which will be another short film titled ‘Out’. There will be a final group show for the course in June.
The good thing about taking the part time course at London College of Fashion is that every day I was working in a corporate environment I felt I was working towards the days when I could get creative and do the thing that makes me happy. Only time will tell how successful it’s going to be.
My work has now been seen in publications in Italy, Spain, the U.S. and the UK and I’ve now been picked up to work for a Madrid-based creative agency after the course, so I’m excited for the future.
LONDON COLLGE OF FASHION (OFFICIAL).
IT MELTS will be screened @ inHouse Film Festival in London on Thursday 10th April!
"Get ready for the greatest fashion event in town, a rare opportunity to see fashion films on the big screen and an opportunity to meet people in the industry. During the night we will feature a number of designers, performers, as well as a live band performance."
inHOUSE Fashion Programme
18.00 - Fashion Night Opens
19.00 - Fashion inHouse! - screenings featuring local filmmakers from the warehouse communities
19.30 - Fashion Documentary Screenings
20.00 - Catwalk Show featuring designers and performers - Sanctus, Delia Fiori and Wandering Wardrobe among others
21.00 - Fashion NOW - screenings of a variety of filmmakers from London, UK and International
22.00 Live Performance - Mark Villarosa (http://markvillarosa.com/)
Curated by Agnes Bataclan
Day pass - £3
Week Pass - £10
Available at www.inhousefilmfestival.com
Nearest station - Manor House (Piccadilly Line), Buses 253, 254, 259, 279
See you there!
The year of ‘IT MELTS' has just started and with very good news as it has scooped the 'BEST FASHION FILM AWARD' at CHARLESTON FASHION WEEK AW14 held last week in South Carolina (U.S.A).
My previous film ‘I’M IN (L)' has also made it to the TOP 10 having been both screened at the ‘Fashion Film Tent’ in Charleston.
Congratulations to all the team!
Hoy soy noticia en la edición de Zamora del periódico ‘LA OPINIÓN’. Haz click en la imagen arriba o aquí para leer con detenimiento el artículo completo donde hablan de nuestro cortometraje ‘OUT’ además de repasar brevemente mi carrera hasta ahora incluyendo premios y nominaciones.
I’m news today on Spanish newspaper ‘LA OPINIÓN DE ZAMORA’ where they talk about my new short film ‘OUT’ and also my previous work including awards and nominations.
Click on the image above or here to read the full article.
#OliverYellop will play OSCAR in my new #shorfilm OUT 🌟🇬🇧🎥 You can still help us fund it 💸 via #kickstarter here https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gsuslopez/out-gsus-lopezs-4th-short-film-starring-jeff-krist (at www.gsuslopez.com/out)
Click here or on the image above to read a fantastic piece about my new short film ‘OUT' written by journalist ANASTASIA MIARI in her own blog.
Please join me in welcoming her on board the production and casting team. After the amazing experience of working with her on ‘IT MELTS' it is now the turn to embark ourselves in a new adventure…
@berlinfashfilm can’t wait to see my new #shorfilm ‘OUT’… Can you? Only 9 days left to support us on #kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gsuslopez/out-gsus-lopezs-4th-short-film-starring-jeff-krist
MARY is divorced, she lives immersed in her small town life with the only company of her daughter RACHEL who will be played by SOPHIA SATCHELL-BAEZA.
Help us bring them to live, let’s delve into their lives: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gsuslopez/out-gsus-lopezs-4th-short-film-starring-jeff-krist
Today we are NEWS on PINKWIRE:
NEW MOVIE ‘OUT’
Gay in Suburbia!
Our very own ‘Adventures of a Drag Queen’ columnist, Jeff Kristian will be playing the part of divorced single mum Mary in a new short film, ‘Out’. Living in suburbia with her teenage daughter Rachel, her twenty-something son Oscar returns home from the big city to come out as gay; a weekend in middle-England, rife with rumour and gossip, that changes their lives forever!
‘Out’ is the fourth film from Writer and Director Gsus Lopez. Also known as Jesus Lopez, he was born in Spain in 1986 and has lived in Barcelona and London for the past few years. His earlier films have been screened at international festivals including: ASVOFF Barcelona, ASVOFF Milan, Berlin Fashion Film Festival, Madrid Fashion Film Festival, Homotopia Arts Liverpool and VIVID Sydney (at the Contemporary Art Museum Australia) to name a few.
Following three series as the Singing Drag Queen on Channel 5’s ‘Big Brother’s Bit on the Side’, ‘Out’ will be the third film Jeff has worked on with Gsus.
‘Ephemeral Nature’ won the Best Film award at ASVOFF Barcelona and ‘It Melts’ is currently working the festival circuit.
Gsus says, “A divorced single mum would essential play the part of both mother and father in some families, which is why I cast a man (Jeff) in the role of Mary.”
Jeff says, “I’m really pleased to be working with Gsus again. It makes a change for me to play the part of a woman, rather than a drag queen or transgender, my usual type-casting. I hope I get the subtlety right… I’m sure people will tell me what they think, ha ha! Although in ‘It Melts’ I played an Ice-cream Man…”
A fundraising campaign is currently running on Kickstarter, where you can get involved in the movie yourself by investing, re-posting and promoting in return for personal interaction and reward. Visit the page to see a trailer of Gsus talking about the film and a teaser of Jeff in character as Mary. Follow the link to visit the ‘Out’ Kickstarter page and show your support!
To watch ‘Ephemeral Nature’, click here: http://vimeo.com/32770223
To watch ‘It Melts’, click here: http://vimeo.com/77481704
"LCF student, Gsus Lopez, BA (Hons) Fashion Media (Part Time), has launched a kickstarter campaign for his fourth short film, ‘OUT’. The award-winning filmmaker created ‘It Melts‘ for Issue six of Pigeons and Peacocks, and is now seeking to tackle his biggest project yet by telling the dramatic and sometimes comic story of a young man coming out as gay to his mother.
"It would be fair to say that here at Pigeons & Peacocks magazine we love award winning film-maker and current London College of Fashion student Gsus Lopez. Discovering his amazing short film Ephemeral Nature, we immediately fell in love with his style, immediately adored his vision and immediately wanted to work with him. For the launch of issue 6 of the magazine, we commissioned Lopez to create a film for us – and the man did not disappoint. It Melts, a delectable and stylish exploration of fashion addiction and consumption, was a feast for the eyes; a triumph.
Lopez returns with his fourth film Out, telling the story of single mother Mary and her closet-emerging homosexual son – and this time, Lopez wants your help. Tackling his biggest project yet, Lopez needs financial backing and has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds. Head on over to Gsus Lopez’s Kickstarter page to make a pledge and support this talented and visionary film-maker!
Thank you Darcy Rive and the team at Pigeons & Peacocks magazine for the feature!G.
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