“I love telling original stories.” (EXCLUSIVE) Interview with Joss Refauvelet

2023 February 5

“I love telling original stories.” (EXCLUSIVE) Interview with Joss Refauvelet

– Who is Joss Refauvelet?

Joss Refauvelet is a producer, writer and director based in Henderson, NV. A native to Annecy, a beautiful small town in the French Alps, Joss has studied the arts all over the world, ranging from model making in Kent, England, to special effects make-up in Burbank, CA.
With close to two decades of experience working in all phases of filmmaking, including but not limited to editor, cinematographer, prop master, and SPX special effects makeup artist, Joss knows how to deliver a quality production on time and on budget as a true indie should. Joss’ debut feature film, “PRND” (Park Reverse Neutral Drive) was released on VOD in 2017 through Indie Rights. “Lovers In A Dangerous Time” will be coming soon through Indican Pictures, with “Aamal” projected to be released to its global audience in 2023.

-What inspired you to become a filmmaker?

I wish there was an exciting event or catalyst to share here, but the truth of the matter is that I’ve just kept leaning into my creative side.  I live to create… from painting to sculpting to photography, but ultimately, creating stories is what I live for.
I love telling original stories.  If we’re lucky, we’ve all experienced that moment when we can’t simply go home after seeing a movie… we have to stay up and talk or debate about it. Those are always the sorts of films I sought out growing up.  Telling a story that creates a dialogue between friends and family after watching the movie is what I always set out to do.

Do you think the cinema can bring a change in the society?

Absolutely. I intentionally try to work with a diverse cast and crew to do my best in the fight against stereotypes and racism.
“The Long Hollywood Night,” set in the 1960s, the height of the original Civil Rights era in the USA, has its main character portrayed by an African-American woman.

What would you change in the world?

Oh wow…well, given that nearly every major world issue could be solved by ending selfish behavior.  I guess that’s what I’ll say.  Is it even possible?

Where do you see the film industry going in the next 100 years?

What an interesting question.  I’ve been mulling this over for several hours and what I truly think is that the film industry will be gone.  The industry will be considered a relic, at the Louvre, next door to the Egyptian artifacts.
In 2122, I imagine “cinema” could be a totally immersive and personalized experience generated by our own thoughts or AI.  Of course, the romantic in me would hope to think there will still be a need for human storytellers 🙂