-Who is Jaymz Bee?
I am a writer/director/musician/producer/broadcaster/artist who has worn many hats over the years. Over 20 years on radio and as an international tour guide; an art gallery curator, a television host, party planner, band leader (dozens of albums), singer-songwriter and author of three books. Now…I am adding filmmaker to my resume!
–What inspired you to become a filmmaker?
I have directed TV commercials and music videos for years. I’ve always wanted to make films and wrote several scripts during Lockdown. I found investors who shared my vision and wanted to help me get started. I feel triple-blessed because at this early stage in my career I can write and direct my own stories; create music with my friends for the soundtrack and hire other friends as cast and crew. Living the dream! Producing and directing is hard and involves so many different people – that’s why I love it so much!
-Do you think the cinema can bring a change in the society?
Absolutely! In my case, living in Canada and being so lucky in life – I am compelled to tell positive stories that contain humour. I think not having an edge is truly edgy these days! We all need a little escapism in this life and there is so much negativity these days! I hope my stories inspire people to be kind and open-minded toward each other. Viva la Difference!
-What would you change in the world?
What would I change? That seems like a daunting question. What I believe I CAN change is people’s prejudices …through art, music, comedy…all the things I employ when telling a story in fim. Ageism, racism, sexism and so much more…humour can point a finger and make subtle changes in society!
-Where do you see the film industry going in the next 100 years?
The music business is broken. The film business is still surviving – if not thriving – and I think Independent Film will grow more and more, to offset the hundred million dollar CGI Hollywood films. There is enough room for everyone in this business and I think boutique theatres will become commonplace.