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April 10, 2013 | posted in Filmmakers
These days, toddlers know how to play games and take pictures on iPads, and adults carry phones in their pockets to constantly chat or send text messages.
Romanian film, “Chasing Rainbows,” focuses on the issues related to technology and the illusion of speedy wealth—it highlights the effect evolving technology has on those unwilling, or unable, to adapt.
Director, producer, and screenwriter for the film, Dan Chisu, exemplifies this reality. “In the 90s a lot of people over 45 started losing their jobs,” Chisu says. “The only way to stay [in the workforce] was to go to computer school to learn new skills.”
This shift in the workplace was Chisu’s inspiration for the film, along with the notion of get-rich-quick schemes in Romania and all over the world.
“Sometimes, the illusion of becoming rich can drive you crazy,” Chisu says.
He is the owner and founder of the production company DaKINO, meaning “yes for cinema.” Funding is a challenge Chisu faced in the production of “Chasing Rainbows,” as he struggled with a tight budget while making the film.
“When you produce your film being the script writer and the director, you cannot push the budget,” he says. “You have to be the judge of all three arguments… in one! You go to bed, being on the director’s side, and you wake up on the writer’s side, if the producer in you didn’t turn into the director overnight.”
--- Molly Drake
Photo by George F. Gund.
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