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10 Questions With Victoria Mahoney ("Yelling To The Sky")

by Tambay A. Obenson
November 8, 2011 8:20 PM
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Installment number 3 of the "10 Questions" series introduced about a week ago. Barry Jenkins and Seith Mann were numbers 1 (HERE) and 2 (HERE), both well-received across the blogosphere.

Continuing on with the series today is Ms Victoria Mahoney; like Barry and Seith, another name that should be immediately familiar to most of you, given how much we've written about this ab-fab filmmaker and her feature film debut, Yelling To The Sky, which stars Zoe Kravitz.

The film debuted at the Berlinale earlier this year and has since literally traveled the world, playing the film festival circuit and picking up acclaim and fans along the way; and rightfully so, as I noted in my review of it, Yelling To The Sky creates a world that’s so vivid and raw that I was sucked in and totally immersed in it, from its riotous opening frames, unrelenting until the cathartic close.

The film was acquired for theatrical distribution, and will be released during the first half of 2012.

Without a doubt, Ms Mahoney has our attention :)

And without further ado, following below are her answers to my 10 randomly-selected questions! (Thanks Victoria for participating):

1. Typical impulse buy(s)?

Chocolate /& Photography Books. (Quantity, subject to time of day).

2. Film guilty pleasure?

Action-Noir; Le Femme Nikita(1990), Sexy Beast, Old boy(2003), Gangsta no1, Yellow Sea...

3. I’m a director, but if I were to act, I’d love to be directed by this director.

Lucrecia Martel.

4. The view outside my bedroom windows looks like this…

An aged, three story tree, with leaves the size of my face. Once a year, purple flowers surface from brown flattened chestnut looking pods.

5. Current episodic TV show I absolutely cannot miss...

Breaking Bad.

6. If I could live in one city in the world, it would be this one…

(4way tie) New York, London, Berlin, Oakland.

7. Carnivore, herbivore or omnivore?

Decade dependent.

8. I own every single album by this musician…

1) John Coltrane!! 2)Alison Mosshart (Dead Weather &The Kills).

9. If you had 30 minutes in a room with a Hollywood studio executive with omnipotent power, how would you use that time?

Not in a room. I'd promptly take them to a driving range; repeatedly hit no less than 125ft with my left hand. Just when they think, they have me figured, I'd reverse stance and hit no less than 125ft with my right hand. If their golf swing was also of equal force with either hand, well then we would find ourselves--on level playing field.

10. I want my tombstone to read…

They said, "You were a dark horse, because you rode the land alone." But you know, I think the real reason is--you were always riding home.

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  • zoe | November 22, 2011 10:48 AMReply

    bad ass answers from a bad ass chica!

  • SKILLERWHALE | November 11, 2011 3:46 PMReply

    Brilliant talent.

  • Anthony's Trollope | November 11, 2011 2:52 PMReply

    Well said Victoria - a round of applause to you for being the bigger person. I thought it was well put in labeling someone as a filmmaker and defining them in their talent as opposed to their appearance.
    Koreangia please calm down before you have a heart attack.

  • Victoria Mahoney | November 11, 2011 2:25 PMReply

    I love S&A's new series of 10 Questions and look forward to the growing library (incl'g DP series). I will leap at any invitation to inject lightness and folly into conversations on filmmaking, in hopes of counter-balancing the perpetual seriousness.
    Of such, I understand a person's conditioning to label individuals by gender, skin tone, age, economy, sexuality, religion, body weight or what-have-you. As with most folks who read S&A, by the 7th grade I had been called so many names for varying reasons, it became comedic. For each name I would ignore, a more vicious label was hurled in its place. The slinging was so excessive, I genuinely stopped hearing what people were calling me. As I carve a path in this nutty industry, that tool set continues to serve progress.
    So, to ye' filmmakers coming up behind &beside me, who are finding labels tossed onto your being for whatever reason, I say, "Who cares what anyone calls us--just as long as the word [filmmaker] remains in our title long enough, for more outliers to get into the game!"
    M'kay, (throwing soapbox out the window) carry on...

  • KoreanGia | November 11, 2011 10:25 AMReply

    Putting aside the fact that I wouldn't even characterize this woman as "older"...Great answers! Who wouldn't want to play golf with Victoria Mahoney (in London).

  • Micah | November 11, 2011 12:46 AMReply

    @ Open your mind: In Colored defense he or she was probably just seeing it's nice that an older black women is getting respect and attention since they are often looked over group. I can see why you might view it as sexist but I'm positive the statement was saying "it's about time." Granted I could be the one misinterpreting the statement.

    I think one thing we can all agree on is that she does "rock" and older black women are capable and deserving of more notice.

  • Just Thinking Out Loud | November 10, 2011 1:56 PMReply

    I chose not to see it at UrbanWorld, but will plunk down some coins when it comes out.

    Interesting that no one has criticized the role Gabourey Sidibe plays in this film as a seemingly aggressive bully, yet when she plays an abused daughter or a maid, it's somehow controversial. Hmm...does it play into our idea that fat people are mean anyway or does this movie get a ride because "...Victoria rocks!"?

  • Just Thinking Out Loud | November 11, 2011 9:08 PM

    Who cares whether you saw the film? That false sense of superiority is shallow and invalid to my point. The question is based on the perception of the trailer, since it's a topic that invariably comes up whenever a trailer or teaser is released. If you're going to argue, at least understand what my POV is first. Or miss me altogether.

  • Reg | November 11, 2011 2:59 PM

    Please. The difference between me and you is that I've actually SEEN the movie. You haven't. I'm not basing my "LOVE" for it based on a 2-minute trailer, unlike you who's "decided the opposite" based on a 2-minute trailer. Good luck with "provoking thought."

  • Just Thinking Out Loud | November 11, 2011 12:15 PM


    If you can LOVE a film (and its actors and director) based on a 2 min trailer, then I can certainly decide the opposite. I'm not getting into a debate with you about waiting until a film comes out to give it a thumbs up or not...otherwise I'm going to tell you where you can put that thumb.

    Know the difference between criticism and provoking thought. Good grief.

  • Reg | November 11, 2011 10:37 AM

    Maybe you should actually watch the movie first and see how the roles shake out, instead of assuming.

    And yes, Victoria rocks!

  • Colored | November 10, 2011 12:33 PMReply

    It is good to see older black women doing their thing and making her voice heard. Brings wisdom to cinema. I look forward to seeing her movie.

  • Open Your Mind | November 10, 2011 1:37 PM

    I trust you genuinely meant well but if this were, "10 Questions with George Clooney or Spike Lee" would you have thought let alone wrote, "It is good to see older men doing their thing...". When you watch J.Edgar trailer do you say of Clint Eastwood, "It is good see older white men doing their thing...". There are currently three men in this Questions series, and not one of them will have their identity and talent quantified by age. I imagine you're shocked to hear your language/thinking is outdated sexism.

  • Kia | November 9, 2011 11:03 AMReply

    The 10 questions series is a beast and Victoria rocks with those witty responses. Yes, I would love to live in London too!!

  • brandi | November 12, 2011 4:29 PM

    that was meant for open your mind

  • brandi | November 12, 2011 4:28 PM

    The answer is: because you see them all the time! You don't have to think about that. Also you don't know what sexism is.

  • Micah | November 9, 2011 2:43 AMReply

    I'm finding it hard not to love this women. Also I really want to see the film.

  • Tamara | November 8, 2011 11:56 PMReply

    Awesome. Another great 10-Q's! I love it!

  • MiddleMyatt | November 8, 2011 11:09 PMReply

    Great series -- Keep it up, Guys!

  • Shanea | November 8, 2011 10:46 PMReply

    I am loving this 10 Questions series!! Nice.

  • Cynthia | November 8, 2011 8:41 PMReply

    Damn...Victoria rocks!

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