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Interview: Filmmaker Andrew Renzi & Subject Hector Barajas – Ready for War

Interview: Filmmaker Andrew Renzi & Subject Hector Barajas – Ready for War

What does it mean to be stuck behind enemy lines? For his third docu feature, Andrew Renzi (Fishtail, The Benefactor, They Fight) adds a dose of humanity to contrasting realities of three veterans who found themselves deported from the place they call home (United States) after the completion of their tours of duty. World premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival, Ready for War is about second chances and the almost insurmountable odds of trying to make it back home — for a second time. I sat down with Andrew and the subject of his film Hector Barajas to find out how he found the subject, his approach to the the complex and under-reported nature of the film, and how a selfie with Richard Gere might have saved his and his crew’s life. The docu continues its fall film festival tour prior to being showcased on Showtime.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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