SKSM: May you introduce yourself to our readers?
Jesus Santillan: My name Is Jesus Santillan and I go by Chuy. An Oxnard Calif. Native. A professional filmmaker since 2005. I’m a chicano story teller with a chicano lens in the independent industry.
SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become a producer?
Jesus Santillan: I became a producer, writer first, when I knew we needed more chicano story tellers. I decided to create content about chicanos. Personal, social, etc. I was eager to show my angle.
SKSM: How did you become involved in ‘Into the Night‘ Dollar Baby film?
Jesus Santillan: I met Walter Perez at an event. We both discussed film and what we had done. It was a good conversation. Then, he asked me for help. Once I saw “Into the Night” I didn’t hesitate to support his vision and the films potential.
SKSM: Can you tell us about your work in the film?
Jesus Santillan: Once we agreed on titles, I asked to bring a great well rounded friend in audio, mixing, and composing. He agreed. I knew my friend would have the right touch for the film. I just wanted Walter to agree, respectfully.
SKSM: What was it like to work with Walter Perez on this film?
Jesus Santillan: So far, we’ve been right on. When there’s communication, and we are on the same boat. It ain’t work.
SKSM: Was there any funny things that happened while filming (Bloopers, etc)?
Jesus Santillan: If there’s no bloopers… then you’re not having fun.
SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?
Jesus Santillan: My late wife was. Tanya Chavez Santillan, she was a huge fan then introduced Stephen King’s work to me. It’s because of my wife and Walter’s relation to the piece that I became interested.
SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Something you’d like to tell our readers?
Jesus Santillan: I hope you like and support more of these films. It’s with lots of love and passion that we create and tell these stories for all diverse audience, thank you and love you all.