Actress/Filmmaker Salina Duplessis brings her award-winning dark comedy short film “My Name is Karma” to the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles on February 7th.
The film earned ‘Best Comedy Short Film’ when it premiered at the Urban MediaMakers Film Festival and is quickly becoming an audience favorite.
I had a chance to interview Salina to find out thêm about her directorial debut, “My Name is Karma”.
Tell us about “My Name Is Karma.”
SALINA: MY NAME IS KARMA follows the young and seemingly successful Robin Clarke, whose only downfall is her deadbeat boyfriend, Garrett (Rashod Freelove). When he stands her up on her birthday, a desperate Robin unknowingly incites the help of Karma personified who magically gives her the power to make sure that Garrett’s ‘Karma’ catches up with him.
This is your first time as a writer, director and ngôi sao – what was that like?
SALINA: It was like piloting a plane and being a flight attendant at the same time!! When bạn act and direct bạn wear many hats. If I ever act again in a movie that I direct, my role would be very minor, not a lead.
What would bạn consider your characters ‘best’ quality? And their ‘worst’?
SALINA: My character’s best quality is also her worst… She hopes her relationship will improve (she’s optimistic)….. and She hopes her relationship will improve (she’s dumb & needs to di chuyển on) lol
Why did bạn want to create this film?
SALINA: People often fantasize about revenge, but they rarely act on it. I wanted to explore that theme in this film. Also when people are in poor relationships they’re quick to blame their partner for their unhappiness. I’m really big on individuals taking responsibility for their behavior in relationships when they aren’t going so well.
What’s the biggest lesson bạn learned from working on this project?
SALINA: I learned that sometimes things will not go as planned. I will be tested. But if I want something bad enough, I can make it happen.
And, now just for fun:
What’s your yêu thích food?
SALINA: I’m the ultimate foodie so this is THE MOST difficult câu hỏi for me to answer. But I have to go with a crawfish strudel. It’s served only at the Jazz Fest in New Orleans, my hometown. It’s a puff pastry with creamy crawfish goodness stuffed inside!
mèo hoặc dogs?
SALINA: chó - especially rescued ones!
yêu thích movie from your childhood.
SALINA: The Black Stallion
Tell us one thing that would surprise our readers to learn about you.
SALINA: I drive a stick shift
How can những người hâm mộ keep up with you?
SALINA: Twitter: link
Pan African Film Festival – Los Angeles
Film Title: “MY NAME IS KARMA”
Screening Dates: February 7 / 9 / 14 / 16
RAVE Cinemas 15 - Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza / 4200 Marlton Ave, Los Angeles CA 90008
For tickets + times visit: link