We had the good fortune of connecting with Edgar Cortés Campoy and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Edgar, how does your business help the community?
I think that filmmaking, like any other artistic medium, gives us an opportunity to touch upon delicate and specific subjects that can bring all of us together. Although we all in different realities, given that we all have unique stories that builds us, there is a factor that our own life gives back and affects everyone, anywhere in some level, and I truly think that makes us able to empathize with each other and with stories that not necessarily show or talk about our own perspectives or situations, but transmit emotions that everyone can relate to and feel.
I think that social impact is inherent to every form of art or communication, and if it’s done well, it could not only show the established but it could even trigger some change, for good or even bad.
As Cesar A. Cruz said “Art Should Comfort the Disturbed and Disturb the Comfortable”.
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.
I most definitely don’t think my journey has been as hard as others, and I feel truly grateful for it. I don’t say that like I’ve never faced some challenges, and it certainly hasn’t been easy, but I think of it as rather beautiful. Part of the process of discovering what you want to accomplish or do in the bigger scope, is to learn how to enjoy the moment and never settle for finding anything comfortable. I ironically found that my most comfortable setting is the uncomfortable one, it’s the constant change that makes me regularly make a self-assessment and find the beauty in my personal journey.
The biggest lesson that I’ve learned is to accept that no idea is perfect, because the fear of not obtaining perfection tends to lead into just having anything to share, and I think that’s what filmmaking is for, to externalize your ideas to others.
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?
I definitely would take them for a walk into Downtown L.A. I truly love walking in between the different buildings, and I think some of the craziest situations, most interesting people I’ve met are there. I really enjoy just walking and talking, but I also love food so I’d take them to “Hae Jan Chon”, which I personally think is the best Korean BBQ in all of L.A. Then probably go to get some coffee in Bourgeoise Pig and end it up in a good note at the Sofitel Hotel listening to some great Jazz.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Funny enough, I’d like to dedicate this to Rutger Hauer, who said the famous words “All those moments, will be lost in time, like tears under the rain”. I think of the moment when I heard this for the first time, as one of those defining moments in my life. It truly triggered this existential part of me that has carried away in all of my writing and focus as a filmmaker.