"The Mustached American of the Year" is not just a film about an international mustache competition.
It's a fun story about a family man. The judges of the Oregon Documentary Film Festival loved this film for it's structure, story telling, cinematography and, of course, the personality of Mr. Rivas. "The Mustached American of the Year" starring Troy Rivas is an official selection of the Oregon Documentary Film Festival 2017.
- Film Name: "The Mustached American of the Year"
- Directors: Anna Yeager and Peter Subaiya
- Featuring: Troy Rivas
- Runtime: 15 minutes and 28 seconds
- Screening: Friday, November 10th, 2017
- Website | LinkedIn | Voted Best New Mexico Documentary Short
- Tagline: "After growing a mustache in honor of his unborn son, Troy Rivas finds himself pitted against national stars in a fierce online mustache competition. While navigating the new realms of fatherhood and fame, Troy embarks on a journey to give back to the community that embraced his eccentrically styled ‘stache."
“... keep an open mind about how you envision the final product. Stories evolve as you dive into them.” Anna & Peter
We had an opportunity to catch up with Directors Anna Yeager and Peter Subaiya for an interview. There is an interesting back story to "The Mustached American of the Year."
- Why did you think that the Oregon Documentary Film Festival was a good place to submit and screen your film? “In a nutshell, we love Oregon and we love documentaries. We moved to Oregon a little less than two years ago, so we are looking forward to contributing to and getting to know the documentary film community here. We love watching and creating documentaries, so this festival seemed like a perfect fit.”
- What is the title of your film and is there any special meaning to the title? "The Mustached American of the Year" is the title given to the winner of the American Mustache Institute's annual competition.”
- Why did you choose to tell this particular story? “We wanted to tell a story that could inspire audiences to do something good for our world, and at the same time, we wanted that story to be lighthearted, comedic, and fun to watch. We felt Troy's story was just that.”
- 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? “As we dove deeper into Troy's past, we discovered unexpected family history that ultimately changed the course and theme of our story.”
- What camera(s) did you use to during the production of this film? Discuss any advantages or limitations that you may have run into, from an equipment perspective. “We shot our film on a Canon C100 mark ii and a Canon 5D mark iii. We've been longtime Canon users, and for this project we felt that this setup allowed for easy run-and-gun shooting which worked great for this project.”
- How did you fund this film? Did you use crowd funding? Do you have pressure to recoup the production costs somehow? “We self-funded the entire film from start to finish from savings, which consisted of a very small budget.”
- What kind of audience reaction are you getting to this film? Discuss any Positives or Negatives that you feel comfortable talking about. “The feedback we received at the film's premiere was that it was refreshing to see a documentary that made them laugh.”
- Do you have plans for a sequel or future film that you are working on? Please discuss. “We have no plans for a sequel, but have started brainstorming our next short documentary. Keep an eye on our website (shotsofyeager.com) for updates!”
- You have completed a documentary film, which is a huge achievement. Do you have any advice for a future filmmaker that is about to start a documentary project? Advice that you wish you had been given before you started yours? “It's important to have a solid idea of what story you want to tell before you start shooting, but keep an open mind about how you envision the final product. Stories evolve as you dive into them.”
Director Anna Yeager Bio:
Anna Yeager studied film and video production at Columbia College Chicago. More than a decade of producing videos for a variety of clients and organizations taught her that her true love is producing meaningful stories for non-profits. Her passion is creating compelling video of the highest quality for mission-driven organizations of modest means. She has created videos for non-profits across the country including the Santa Fe Animal Shelter, the Rendville Art Works, the International Folk Art Alliance, and the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities. Her work has been featured on Huffington Post, Upworthy and Good Morning America.