–Who is Yolanda Brown Melián?
Yolanda Brown Melián was born in Tenerife, Spain. She had studied English at university in ULL and a master in Classical Theatre in Madrid. She worked as a translator and interpreter in English, Spanish and Italian languages. She also has worked as a Tv presenter, and she had roles in different films and soap operas. She is finishing a PhD in Literature at the UAM university in Madrid. She also writes in her free time, and she has finished the script of a Tv pilot for Tv series. Los Aspirantes -The Applicants- is a fiction comedy. She decided to produce it despite Covid struggles. It was hard to finish it due to Covid restrictions, but in the end she could with the help of friends. To be a filmmaker and a film director at the same time it wasn’t an easy task, so she directed it together with Kevin Ramos who is a very good one.
-What inspired you to become a filmmaker?
Since I was little, I wanted to be an actress because you could be whoever you wanted to. If you wanted to be a lawyer, a detective, an astronaut…you could be all of them. Later, I started writing poems and short stories. I studied English Literature and now I’m finishing my PhD in Postmodernism. One year before the Covid lockdown I decided to write a comedy and film it. For me now, it is better being a filmmaker as you can decide how to film a story. Imagination is the key.
-Do you think the cinema can bring a change in the society?
The cinema can bring many changes in society. Every single person can feel a connection with a character. So, depending on the story, all of us can be in the shoes of the protagonist and the way round. Connection with the roles and the story.
-What would you change in the world?
We need to change the approach of things. To be in the shoes of others will probably make things go better.
-Where do you see the film industry going in the next 100 years?
That is a long journey, but as I see how things are going many things are running towards the experimental films. To innovate, to create, to shock the audience. To find new ways to draw the audience´s attention.