Fighting Back Against Diabetes
First of all, Death and Diabetes in the City of Angels, is an official selection of the 2018 Oregon Documentary Film Festival. Furthermore, Director Jay Vera's film won the "Most Inspirational Film Award." The Portland Audience loved the film therefore asking Jay several questions during the Q&A. Jay talked about his experience while filming at Backyard Crossfit in East Los Angeles. Most noteworthy, Jay Vera talked about his personal experience with diabetes in his family. Even more, you can watch the full documentary film on YouTube now.
Death and Diabetes: Synopsis
The soda industry has reaped billions in revenue consequently spreading Type 2 diabetes in low-income cities like East L.A. As a result there are now forces at work that aim to bring them down.
Director's Statement: Death and Diabetes in the City of Angels
The soda industry has made billions while spreading Type 2 diabetes in low-income communities and communities of color. In East L.A., healthy food options are hard to come by. As a result, sugary beverages are cheap and easy to find. We have designed our communities for disease. Therefore, it’s time to turn all that around and design our communities for health. Our mission was to capture and spread the truth about the soda industry's agenda, and the people, and communities, who stand in its way.
Interview With Director Jay Vera Part One
- First of all, why did you submit to the Oregon Documentary Film Festival? “I loved the website. Thought it would be cool to give our film a shot and submit.”
- What is the title of your film? It seems like there any special meaning to the title? “The title of our film is called "Death and Diabetes in the City of Angels." Meaning behind it has to do with good and evil. It takes place in East Los Angeles - or the city of Angels. The people represented in the film are, symbolically, the angels in a environment riddled with disease and death.
- Above all, why did you choose to tell this particular story? “People need to be aware of the truth.”
- Did you discover certain story elements during the production of this film that you never expected to find in the planning stages of this project? “Yes - the film pivoted midway through. I had make adjustments in post.”
Interview With Director Jay Vera Part Two
- Even more, which camera did you use for this film? “We used the Canon C300.”
- How did you fund the production of this film while having a full time job? “I got funding through CrossFit, Inc.”
- What kind of audience reaction are you getting to this film? Furthermore, please discuss any Positives or Negatives reactions. “Both positive and negative reactions to the film. People who are ready to see the truth usually react positively. Consequently, those who are not ready see it negatively.”
- Do you have plans for a sequel or future film that you are working on? “Above all we are working on a feature length health documentary.”
- Finally, do you have any advice for a future filmmaker that is about to start a documentary project? “Above all, speak from the heart and find your truth. Connect to stories that you identify with. Therefore make it personal and magical will happen.”