One viewer requested an interview for a screenwriting publication he's working on.
What made you make this, he asks... My initial response:
1. I am trying to show the world that a teenage Latina superhero can find an audience -- I want to get the feature made! This web series is an adaptation of a feature script I wrote that was chosen for the 2nd round of consideration for the 2009 Sundance Screenwriting Labs and was a Quarterfinalist in the 2008 Silver Screenwriting Competition.
2. To build a fan-base for the character of Janey Santiago-- it's so hard for an original character/story to compete with stories based on toys like Transformers or classic superheroes that everyone's heard of like Batman... I know investors prefer characters and stories based on something that already exists... The obvious choices were to create a comic book or a web series. An agent advised me to go for the web series, so here it is!
3. Frankly, there are very few female superheroes out there. Wonder Woman is the only one who's had real, lasting success. A lot of male comic book writers don't know what teenage girls want so they write for themselves and the results range from ridiculously muscular She-Ras in skimpy, revealing outfits to Mary Jane trying to figure out what kind of dress to wear from the prom. Never mind how rare it is to have a Latino/a superhero depicted anywhere outside of Los Bros Hernandez' Love and Rockets series (and they're not superheroes, just indie comic characters).
Into Dust has been mentioned in The Austin Film Society's P.o.V Magazine aka persistenceofvision.org! Here's the link.
(This is post-dated because I obviously want the video to be the first entry on the blog. Apologies for any confusion.-- AQP)