03 Ott An interview with Richard Schertzer, director of “Ms. Davis’ Close Friend”
Born in Washington D.C. in 1997, Richard has had a passion for film-making ever since he was young. He would make short choppy films when he was a child to challenge his film-making, which would eventually branch out into something bigger. Richard currently goes to school at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York working on projects independently.
“Ms. Davis’ Close Friend” is a fascinating and moving film that deals naturally with the theme of grief and loneliness. How did the idea for this film come about? When was the spark of inspiration sparked?
The film enters the life of a specific, realistic, and at the same time universal character. How did you find the protagonist of your film?
Loneliness and illness are distressing and often unspoken realities, but also cruelly normal, and common. Did you draw anything from your personal experience to make this story?
The film’s cinematography is particularly refined and apt to portray the delicacy of the protagonist. How did you arrive at this result?