Filmmaker, Bianca Giaever, asked a 6-year-old what his movie should be about, and he responded, “It should be about a bear, a mouse, cookies and milk, and winter.” Well Asa got his dream movie! It will make you smile, cry and make you feel all warm and cuddly inside.
Giaever, an independent “Narrative Studies” scholar, made this film in her final four week J-term as her last project before graduation. It’s an impossibly endearing tale of adventure, loss, fear, and courage as told by a six-year-old named Asa.
Giaever interviewed a couple of other kids before she found Asa. She knew she wanted to give a kid a chance to tell a story that would be made into a video and wanted advice on her anxieties around graduation. During an interview, Giaever said “I’m definitely not the luckiest person in the world who comes upon the perfect kid who says the perfect tape. I’m constantly interviewing as many people as possible for as long as possible while experimenting with different questions to ask.”
When asked what’s next, Giaever responded, “I’m doing some post-grad traveling for the next two months, but this is definitely my most urgent passion of the moment so I’m going to do anything in my power to continue. I’ve been fortunate enough to get a lot of offers for various jobs and projects after this film. Many of these are for commercial projects, which interest me less but can be good for making money. Right now I have one promising offer to fund more of these films, but I’m not going to say it now because it’s still in the infant stages and I don’t want to jinx it! Of course, I can also raise money myself through Kickstarter or other grants. What’s really daunting is the challenge of finding meaningful stories and telling them in a way that doesn’t feel like I’m repeating myself. I’ll let you know when I figure that one out!