Meet the Filmmaker: Rio Rivera, “Reimbursement”

Reimbursement

Q: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
RR: I feel incredibly honored and thankful to be participating in the festival.

Q: What are your hopes for the event?
RR: My hopes are to meet like-minded folks and filmmakers in the region so we can collaborate and create more pieces together.

Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival? Is it just for the filmmaking community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?
RR: I think a festival of this kind will help encourage filmmakers and cinephiles alike to participate and collaborate with one another. Just because you’re not a filmmakers doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to go to the festival or wouldn’t enjoy it. If you like film, and want to hear and see different kinds of art and stories, then this would be a good festival to attend.

Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
RR: I’ll be a graduate of Video Production from MSU Denver by the time this short gets screened and am incredibly excited to start working on more projects. This particular short was actually a final project for one of our classes and the writer, Rick Foster, and director, Wright Hugus, asked me to help with their project as Director of Photography. I could not have done this without them and their talents. The story of Reimbursement is an important one to tell because more people experience this kind of unacceptable behavior than we know, and are ashamed to admit it for various reasons. The message encourages people to be strong and believe in their own strength and voice, and to not be dissuaded by others who do and say otherwise.

Q: Tell us one unique thing about you and/or your movies?
RR: I think that this particular short is an incredibly important story to tell. More and more are we hearing about sexual assault cases and the silence the victims feel they need to keep. Not keeping silent about it and speaking up to bring justice to the offender is the right thing to do. No one should ever feel the need to keep quiet or feel obligated to owe something to someone just because they did something nice for you. True kindness should always be a selfless act; expecting something in return for an “act of kindness” is selfish and truly unkind. The power trip that is associated with that kind of behavior needs to be stopped. And the more we recognize that kind of toxic behavior, the more people will feel stronger to speak up for themselves and others.

Q: What else are you working on?
RR: I am currently working on putting together a YouTube story channel about real people and events. I know that’s pretty vague! But once I full fleshed it out, I’ll be able to talk about it more 🙂

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to say about Colorado Independent Women of Film?
RR: Thank you again so much for recognizing my crew and I for this event! We are truly honored to be part of this event. I am looking forward to seeing the work and meeting some other rad filmmakers out there!

Reimbursement will screen Friday, May 18th at 8:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre.