Eric Gerber is one of our favorite filmmakers, he first came to our attention when we started the festival back up in 2003. Since then he's shown his work at nearly every one of our festivals, with his short, Aldara winning Best Film in 2004.
This year he picked our festival to premiere his new film, Pesticide. This will the first screening of the film.
MIFS: Where did the idea for the film come from?
Gerber: Pesticides are often chemical agents used for killing thousands of insects at a time. Without personal contact, most exterminators drop chemical bombs that kill entire colonies without acknowledging the pests themselves. I wanted to show a character who explores his own extermination method on a personal level and with a sense of respect for his victims.
MIFS: How much did the project change from concept to final edit?
Gerber: "Pesticide" was a process of evolution. Started with a loose script outline, but wanted to experiment with unconventional storytelling ideas. An unanswered narrative with room to wonder about the motivations was my goal.
MIFS: Where there any challenges during production?
Gerber: The biggest challenge in "Pesticide" was getting the cockroaches to cooperate during filming.
MIFS: With the film completed, what has been the most rewarding thing about the whole experience?
Gerber: The most rewarding part of making "Pesticide" was working with a Milwaukee crew of friends in Los Angeles.