-Who is Greg Di Roma?
Greg Di Roma is an American filmmaker, amateur hockey player and church ministry leader from Peekskill, NY. He is known for his cinema verite style films and videos most especially, Our Triumphant Holy Day. Greg has many passions and is always integrating them together in some sort of way with his films, from hockey to faith to music and so forth.
-What inspired you to become a filmmaker?
When I was in college, I decided to explore digital arts, graphic designing, web design, video editing, animation etc. I was into graphic design more than anything else and a lot of times I was making a lot of things inspired by movies. During my first semester at SUNY Purchase I took a screenwriting class and that was a huge inspiration for me to start going into film, then that summer I got an internship at this digital arts school called the Digital Arts Experience and we did a lot of video production there and that’s when I realized I wanted to go into film. I was also watching a lot of movies that summer and that made want to go into it even more. Eventually I ended up going to film school at Pace University and that was just an amazing program, it taught me so much about production and gave me opportunities to create a lot of projects, most especially a documentary going into Cuba. The film we created is titled, Cuba’s Crossroads: Hope, Rock and Revolution.
-Do you think the cinema can bring a change in the society?
I think it brings a lot of change as it is. There’s a lot of films that inspire many different things, from the way we view society to technology etc.
–What would you change in the world?
Haha, a lot of things. The way we treat each other and our outlooks on life. Also the way we use our resources and take care of the planet. I would also make sure people have a better chance at getting opportunities of any sort. Everyone is trying to find their niche, and it’s only gotten harder for people to figure out what that is. Everyone needs a chance to find their purpose in life.
–Where do you see the film industry going in the next 100 years?
It’s tough to say, God knows what kind of technology will be developed in the next century. A.I. is going to do a lot, that’s for sure. With that and a lot of the technology developed, I think a lot more of us will be making movies especially in the comfort of our own homes. A lot of us have more tools at our disposal as it is, so many of us are content creators, there’s going to be so many more films out there like there are now. Indie film along with streaming is growing, I think the industry is going to make a more equal platform for everyone to showcase themselves. The new media is continuing on the rise, there’s going to be a new Hollywood out there, what exactly that’ll be remains to be seen.