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Posted by Lindsay Harrop at 10:21PM   |  4 comments
Poster of Even the Rain

Blog posting written by Lindsay Harrop, Cinema & Photography '13, FLEFF Intern, McMinnville, Oregon

Even the Rain just finished screening and I have to say that is was AMAZING. A great film and one that I'm so glad I got to see on the big screen. We had a Q&A with casting director (and IC alum!) Rodrigo Bellott after the screening. Here are some highlights from the Q&A:

A: Would you call it a docu-drama?
RB: Yeah but everything was re-created... Daniel was part of the Gas Wars, not the Water Wars. He's not a trained actor. In the original screenplay his character is forty but we adjusted the screenplay to fit this actor. Belen is from the community. So is Theresa.

A: How did you pay the indigenous people?
RB: We asked them how they wanted to get paid. They said they didn't want money. For them, this is a community thing. They wanted things that benefited the community. So we're building schools, we got them a road truck, that sort of thing.

A: How did you become a casting director after graduating from IC?
RB: I still don't know what the hell is going on. I'm also a filmmaker and made a film right after graduation called "Sexual Dependency," which was Bolivia's official Oscar entry for 2004. For some random reasons Terrence Mallick saw this in Berlin. From there Steven Soderbergh saw it and asked me to help him cast "Che." I had no idea how to cast a film. But Benecio Del Toro got Best Actor at Cannes and Stephen said, "Be careful, you're going to be casting a lot of other films."

Rodrigo also talked about the process of casting the actor who played Daniel, saying that he couldn't find the right person for the script. Eventually, he found Juan Carlos Aduviri, a nonprofessional actor who had been part of the Gas Wars. A lot of the extras in the film were people involved in the actual Water Wars in Bolivia. Rodrigo said, "This is there film... We were lucky to have the real people involved in these events."

This was a SOLD OUT screening, so thanks to everyone who showed up! Rodrigo Bellott will be on campus tomorrow (Friday, April 15) as part of the "How to Get Your Break" Panel at 4:00 in Williams 225. If you missed tonight, "Even the Rain" will be screening again Saturday, April 16 at 7:10.


4 Comments

This really was an unbelievable movie and I totally agree with your comments. It was touching, dramatic, had its funny moments but most of all it was meaningful. I had to duck out before the q&a so thank you for posting those!! Some really good stuff here (:

I too love the movie. This film is definitely a must see. The Q&A with Mr. Bellott was fantastic also. His experiences were so intriguing. I'm so glad I was able to have that time to listen to him.

I wish I could have made it to this screening, it sounds like it was wonderful, so thank you Lindsay for the blog posting. It is interesting to read that Bellott sort of stumbled into the casting director role instead of planning on it, but I suppose it shows how often odd and amazing things happen in life. I will definitely check out this film.

I'm so glad that I stayed for the Q&A. It was interesting to hear how Rodrigo came to be where he is today. As Cory said, we may think we're going to be filmmakers, but then end up finding something else that we truly love doing within the communications field.



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