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Nicolás Pereda is a Mexican-Canadian filmmaker whose films have been taken up as a talking point by a number of critics, on subjects as varied as contemporary Mexican cinema, contemporary contemplative cinema and the nebulous distinction of the documentary film. His films include the strong debut, Where Are Their Stories? (2007), the class-focused Perpetuum Mobile (2009) and Juntos (2009), and the intertwined Interview with the Earth (2008) and Summer of Goliath (2010).
His latest work at the time of filming was the black-and-white documentary of his own experience shooting an educational television program, All Things Were Now Overtaken By Silence (2010).
Nicolás was in Toronto to shoot a new film – to be released after his then-upcoming film, Greatest Hits (2012) – and were thrilled to chat with him at Get Well about motifs in his films, how they are presented in theatres and festivals, how they have been received, and whether radical films can still be made.
This feature interview is from the sixth issue of The Seventh Art, which was released in August 2012.
Special thanks to our friends for help in releasing Issue #6: Nicolás Pereda, Dan Montgomery, Kazik Radwanski, Antoine Bourges, Simone Smith, Alan Kelley, Jeff Barber, Tim Oakley, Katherine Bates, Pete Carmichael, and Renee Elizabeth Crawford.