Today, we’d like to introduce you to Gauthier Raad. Gauthier was introduced to us by the brilliant and talented Dineta Williams-Trigg.
Hi Gauthier, we’re so thrilled to have you sharing your story with us today. Maybe we can kick things off by having you introduce yourself to our readers? We’d love to have you go into your story and how you got to where you are today.
Every culture has something to say and here comes the power of filmmaking: To voice out what people have to say about their cultural treasures. This is one aspect of filmmaking that has always intrigued me. So this led me to explore filmmaking in different cultures (French, Lebanese, American, South korean, German…)
My journey helped me see video production from different perspective and in turn helped me adapt to different societies.
The Splinter, my first short movie won the Award of Merit at a big Lebanese Film Festival in 2012.
I came back from South Korea, after achieving a film studies diploma, inspired to do 2 documentaries (Gayrouth 2015 & Libertad Beirut 2018) that reflect hidden realities in the Lebanese society.
The first documentary has participated in more than 22 film festivals around the world and has won different awards in film festivals as well as the second.
Working on these two documentaries enabled me to pilot projects from the preproduction to postproduction.
My curiosity pushed me to go beyond documentaries and produce and direct corporate films, short fictions and advertisements in different agencies and production houses in different countries.
My latest short movie is called BeLonging, resuming in 1 movie different situations I have gone through during my international journey…
Recently, my crew and I have been working on a feature film and a sitcom.
Lastly, I realised that one of the way of giving back to my community was through creating the Lebanese Independent Film Festival – LIFF (www.liffofficial.com) that helped in bridging the gap between independent artists and their society. In addition, I was given the chance to co-direct A Night Of MisFit Films in Phoenix, Arizona which celebrates its fifthanniversary this year. I am as well preparing for a new big film festival in Paris in Spring 2022 called the Fantasy Film Festival.
Let’s talk about your work and career – what else should we know?
Well, I feel that I am an international artist. My art and my work are not established in one place. Even though being established is as well a great thing as well. I travel, discover and I take notes… Meeting new people I think is the most exciting thing about me travelling and working in many film festivals.
So, as we mentioned to our audience earlier, you were introduced to us by Dineta Williams-Trigg and we really admire them and what they’ve built. For folks who might not be as familiar, can you tell them a bit about your experience with Dineta.
My encounter with Dineta changed my life. We met by chance at a film festival that I decided to attend in another country at the last minute.
We immediately understood that beyond our cultural, educational, environmental, physical difference, there was something that was connecting us. We have built together many beautiful and flourishing projects… and more is yet to come.