We had the good fortune of connecting with Christina Diamantara and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Christina, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
I am a writer/director. Through my work I create stories or I help communicate stories that are already created. These stories revolve around, articulate or reflect upon matters of specific human experiences and therefore by being communicated to broad audiences, they raise awareness and sympathy over unexplored themes and by consequence help people come closer and better understand each other. At the same time, entertainment is also a very important aspect of my work and through the creation of fun, comedic, or engaging content, I try to make people enjoy themselves while at the same time they can reflect upon deeper subjects of emotional and thematic importance.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
From a very young age I knew I wanted to be a filmmaker even though I had no idea what that really entailed. When I started creating my first short projects, I came to realise how hard filmmaking really is and naturally started to doubt and question all the dreams I made as a naive kid.
But with continuous work and with the valuable lessons and mentorship I got from experts in the field, people that I worked closely with at Lumad Productions (a well known production company in my country Greece), at the American Film Institute Conservatory where I got my Masters in Film Directing, at Phoenix Pictures and at Horseless Cowboy where I’m currently employed as a voice director, I’ve had the opportunity to re-evaluate myself as a professional in the field and to better come to terms with the challenges and risks of my job. I learned to understand that under the fears, anxiety, and emotional ups and downs that comes hand in hand with exposing yourself as an artist, there’s also a solid professional ground and some clear practical steps one needs to take in order to establish themselves as a working filmmaker.
And that for me is precisely the kind of supportive framework I need in order for my creativity to evolve. My main goal as an artist is to mind-trigger and provoke while entertaining. That’s why I tend to create stories that almost always share a comedic or satirical undertone. At the same time I love to expose what I consider to be the “darker” side of humanity, things we all experience but are embarrassed to discuss openly, pettiness, competition, fear of rejection, complex insecurities etc. I love when I can relate to characters that way and I’m usually more intrigued by them than I am by “hero” characters. I feel that by combining these uncomfortable emotions with an entertaining and lighthearted attitude I can allow the viewer to not shy away from the things that make them human and therefore inherently flawed.
I also love to create worlds through my stories that carry all the elements I find aesthetically pleasing. Vibrant colours, vintage textures, eye-grabbing details, rich backgrounds. I find my general aesthetic to be very feminine and I’m very excited to start seeing and sharing a more “female gaze” of the world, which I feel hasn’t yet been established as much.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My city is Los Angeles and one of my absolute favourite places that I can’t wait to go to again is The Getty Museum. So I think we’d definitely start our day there with a refreshing intake of gorgeous art and a stroll down the beautiful Getty garden. Then we’d go to Malibu Beach that’s already close and take a walk down the vast and endless sandyness. I love Malibu Seafood for the best fried cod ever and these delicious lemonades that they have that you can enjoy while you watch the sun set over the beach. After that we’d probably grab coffee and a delicious dessert at the Alcove and then drinks at the Drowing Room which is the tiniest, coziest, friendliest little bar. Then maybe a techno party at some of the underground warehouse parties of DTLA. The next day, as much as I love the city, I think I’d opt for a little day trip to Joshua Tree for a spiritual desert experience on a very short drive.