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Conversations with Catalina Querida and Joe Manco

Today we’d like to introduce you to Catalina Querida and Joe Manco.

Hi Catalina and Joe, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
Little Spark Films (LSF) is a crew that took nearly 8 years to pull together. That originally began with a one-week turnaround short film which was made simply just for the hell of it. That short film didn’t win any awards. But it was written, planned, shot, edited and submitted on the deadline and got accepted! I’m still pretty proud of that. From there the LSF team honed its own form of procedure of “punk filmmaking”. Over the years, we have worked on a wide variety of sets for major productions and helmed shoots for local business and independent musicians in the Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex.

We have had the honor of working with some of the most talented and interesting people in the industry! From taking part in season 2 of The Last Drive-in With Joe Bob Briggs to directing features with Lloyd Kaufman, Kevin Gage, Isaiah Washington, Lou Temple and Fangoria legend Kerry O’Quinn!

Most recently LSF produced a short film written by horror novelist Paul Kane. A dramatic interrogation filled with nightmares and trauma. The Torturer is Little Spark Films’ most revered project to date. Starring Texas thespians Paul T. Taylor & Lawrence Varnado. The picture is beautifully shot in 6k by director of photography, Jörg Viktor Steins-Lauß and directed by Joe Manco.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Currently, our biggest obstacle is settling on a single project to focus on. We’re a team of creators and like to cook several projects at once.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
We specialize in genre and horror filmmaking. We started in music videos for our friends and from there, were able to focus on genres we felt were challenging but fun.

We pride ourselves on completing every project we produce in-house. To us, that means screenings and we’ve been honored to screen various films at Texas Theatre, The Galaxy Drive In, and Studio Movie Grill. Many of our short films are available in the Watch Troma Now app. We’re currently looking into finding a home for our award winning short, The Torturer, while finishing our first feature, Vicemares.

What sets us apart is completing projects and finding them homes. We also view ourselves as a film collective and provide support for our friends and contemporaries in the film scene.

The crisis has affected us all in different ways. How has it affected you and any important lessons or epiphanies you can share with us?
We’re our own social media team so that’s definitely ramped up during the past year. Still trying to figure out the correct formula, but we’re trying.

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Image Credits
Anthony Galatis
BTS by Nathan Gershon

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