We had the good fortune of connecting with Anahi Guerrero Luna and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Anahi, is there something you can share with us that those outside of the industry might not be aware of?
The industry of filmmaking is not as easy as it seems. It starts as a utopia that follows with a lot of determination and hard work. One of the things that outsiders might not know about this industry is that it is an everyday challenge, you have to wake up everyday and work for around 12 to 14 hours. You can be working on movie sets, or on your own creative process but you always make it the first priority of your life. As fun as it seems to be behind the cameras, is a tough process that involves a lot of growth and making mistakes. It is also an unknown adventure, since you navigate from project to project with jobs that only give you temporary stability. But this makes it a beautiful process of metamorphosis, you start as a green little caterpillar and slowly you become a butterfly.

The film industry requires a lot of sacrifices, one of the biggest for me is being far away from home. I constantly miss my friends and family and most of the time I question my decision. Why is this worth it? I haven’t come with a full answer yet, since I’m still growing and learning, but I know that I carry the stories of all the people who I love and that those stories are gonna become art one day, and that all the pain, the loneliness and the beauty will hopefully express something that will touch someone.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My dream has always been to tell stories, and I have succeeded in telling a few since I arrived to LA. It was not an easy challenge to come back from my home country Mexico and leave everything behind. When I came to school in LA I discovered new passions, and an inner voice that was screaming at me. I wanted to be a director and express all the stories that were begging to be let out of my head. I strongly believe that filmmaking is important in our current society, and I wanted to express my fears, thoughts and beliefs through this art. Therefore one of my main goals was to speak out about injustices and social issues. I started with the topic that is hurting my country the most, ” Violence against women.” I decided to analyze different problems that concern this country in the same way. I wrote a story that involves Immigrant women and abortion rights in this country. But this story apart from being very realistic and sad, was made to give a feeling of hope to everyone who beliefs in kindness and justice. It was a big challenge to direct my first big short film, with a bigger budget than my other short stories. I had the responsibility to make a film I would be proud while also leading the whole crew and actors in the process. Our strong teamwork and trust in each other made this project one of the most valuable in my short career.

After 3 years of education I fulfilled my first two goals, I finished my master degree in filmmaking, and filmed my activist short story about women rights.

My next big goal is to get my film into festivals and show people what I’m fighting for.

We are living through hard times in this country and we need art and freedom of speech now more than anything. Through cinema I found my voice to speak out about what is relevant and important to me and help inspire change for the better.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my friends were coming to town, I will treat the with a good brunch or lunch near my house. I leave between North Hollywood and Burbank so my favorite places t go are The front Yard ( for brunch) and Olive and Thyme. They have the best salads and sandwiches and lattes to die for.

After a good brunch at The front yard I will take them along Rodeo drive or Sunset Blvd. Is one of my favorite places to walk through, and probably do some realistic shopping at he beverly center. After some nice walks and shopping I’ll probably take them t see the sunset at the Griffith observatory, or to the Wisdom tree. For a night out I’ll probably take them to a bar hoping or to a restaurant DOWNTOWN, one of my favorites is Le Grand Restaurant.

Before my friends leave I will take the opportunity to show them Venice beach or Malibu and probably plan a picnic or grab some drinks near the water.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The first shoutout will be to my family for helping me with making my dream of being an artist come true. The same with all my friends back home, whom I hold in my heart all the time. the second shoutout is for all the artists that have been around my life or near me, I learnt a lot from them and they keep inspiring me to follow my adventure of life.

And lastly I will say all the persons who have touched my heart in different ways, and specially my people in LA. They’ve make my live here less lonely, and without them I will probably be drowning. They’re my family when I can’t be home.

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Image Credits
Paola Balandra

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