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Carmel Winters: I see Snap as a love story that should-have-been between a mother and son—a portrait of two people for whom loving seems the riskiest thing a human being can do.
TribecaFilm.com: What inspired you to tell this story?
CW: I invented the characters and a little of their story as a training scenario for psychiatrists. The psychiatrists were profoundly intrigued and moved by this mother and son's relationship. They so wanted to understand this painful tension of attraction-repulsion between Sandra and her teenage son and I shared that fascination. That's what drove me to write first the play and then the film—the recognition that these characters could open minds and touch hearts.
TribecaFilm.com: What do you want audiences to take away from the story?
TribecaFilm.com: What's the craziest thing (or "lightning strikes" moment) that happened while making the film?
CW: I don't remember any “lightning-strikes” moments in the shooting. I felt we were strangely blessed, that life was conspiring to ensure safe passage of this unusual film.
TribecaFilm.com: What's the biggest thing you learned while making Snap?
CW: Snap affirmed my philosophy that who you choose to work with is what you have to work with. Choose well!
TribecaFilm.com: What's your advice for aspiring filmmakers?
CW: To aspiring filmmakers I would say—make something that no one else but you could have made.
TribecaFilm.com: What has the audience response at Tribeca been like?
CW: Tribeca audiences are the first to see Snap, and I am thrilled to see them partnering the film, investigating the rarely lit chambers of the human heart.
TribecaFilm.com: If you could have dinner with any filmmaker (alive or dead), who would it be?
CW: I would have dinner with Thomas Vinterberg, maker of Festen (The Celebration), because that film has a huge heart, and I'd like to spend time with the heart that made it.
TribecaFilm.com: What piece of art (book/film/music/tv show/what-have-you) are you currently recommending to your friends most often?
CW: Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels is a book I would gift to anyone and everyone. It resonates with profound humanity while illuminating inhumanity.
TribecaFilm.com: What would your biopic be called?
CW: My biopic would be called For the Love of Life.
TribecaFilm.com: What makes Snap a Tribeca must-see?
CW: Snap is a Tribeca must-see because it is a film that will stay with you. As long as you let it...
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