SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?
Buenaventura Braunstein: My name is Buenaventura de Braunstein and I am an actress, director & multi-arts-artist (singer, choreographer, dancer, writer, poet, educator, mentor moderator, coach, composer, jury member & caster).
My engagements take me both nationally and internationally to the theatre, television, film, commercials, festivals, special events and my own works and projects (The Tales of The Tarshari Knights).
SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become an actress?
Buenaventura Braunstein: I think I will need to rephrase the question here :-).
When did I know that I wanted to become an artista?
Since I am not only an actress, but I am also engaged and involved in several other genres of the Arts, then I would have to say with 8 years of age. As a child, it was clear to me that I wanted to become an artist that would always find new ways to expand their wings further.
SKSM: How did you become involved in Dedication Dollar Baby film?
Buenaventura Braunstein: Ms. Sondermann had contacted me and asked if I would be interested to take on the role of Mama Delorme in her adaptation of Stephen King’s work “Dedication.”
SKSM: What do you think it is about the story that attracts people so much?
Buenaventura Braunstein: Mankind has always feared in some form or another the sense of the unknown.
Even today when such words as, “Magic,Witches, Wicca, Unearthly/Uncanny Visions, Spirits, Demons” etc. are used or mentioned, many will still have uneasy thoughts or feelings pertaining to this all. At the same time, human beings are curious.
SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?
Buenaventura Braunstein: No I did not have to audition, but I am sure Ms. Sondermann reviewed as a first my professional experiences and engagements, before she decided to contact me. Outside of this, I was also able to offer my own personal experiences and knowledge pertaining to the characters background and culture.
SKSM: You worked with Selina Sondermann on this film, how was that?
Buenaventura Braunstein: Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuun!!! Ms. Sondermann, her team and my fellow colleagues were spot on! I really enjoy working with the next up and coming generation of directors. Our team was multi-cultural, highly professional, open, friendly, everyone was aware of one anothers needs. I was very appreciative to have had the opportunity to support and contribute my talents and energies to her work.
SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?
Buenaventura Braunstein: During the ritual scene we had Sage bundles burning like mad, candles lit and at the same time an artificial can of smoke was being sprayed throughout the scene too. The room was getting a bit foggy, but we were having fun.
SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?
Buenaventura Braunstein: Yes, Ms. Sondermann.
SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?
Buenaventura Braunstein: Soon I will be taking on a role for another young film director as an opposing politician.
At the same time I am preparing to record several of my monologues, dialogues, poetry and music from my work in progress called:
“The Tales of The Tarshari Knights” (www.buenaventurab.de menu projects).
I will also be back up to Hamburg in the May to serve as a Jury Member for The Stage School’s graduation exam period.
SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?
Buenaventura Braunstein: Yes.
SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
Buenaventura Braunstein: Now, do you really want to know that :-)???
Ok, I am not from this planet.
SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?
Buenaventura Braunstein: Hello to one and all! Thank you for taking the time and interest to support Mr. Garrido with what he is doing here. I hope you will also have the chance to see Ms. Selina Sondermann’s adaptation on Stephen King’s work, “Dedication” too.
SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?
Buenaventura Braunstein: Have a great day everyone!
With tons of Light and Energy,