Interview by Andreea Boyer // Edited by Chris Charles of Idol Features
Argentinian actor and author Leandro Taub began his acting career as a child, working in television and later started working in art and short films as a teenager. Also a prolific author, he has written over a dozen books “with the objective to learn and teach, and to bring G’d into the world” as he puts it. Leandro’s most recent feature film, Externo, he wrote, stars in, and co-directed with his brother, Jonathan.
Andreea Boyer: Where are you from and what can you tell us about yourself?
Leandro Taub: I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, In 1983. I like to study and make my best to bring G’d into our world. Also, I like to work on films, books, and helping people to bring G’d to their homes.
Andreea Boyer: Have you been working in the film industry mainly in your country or also somewhere else around the globe?
Leandro Taub: Until today, I’ve work on films in US, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, France, South Africa, India, and Spain.
Andreea Boyer: How did you start your career as a filmmaker and what has motivated and inspired you?
Leandro Taub: I started as a child actor in TV commercials, plus some participation in TV shows. When I was a teenager, I worked on art films and short films, plus some commercials. Later on, some feature films and documentaries were added to the roster. I’ve been inspired by my connection with G’d, plus my study and life experiences, also by people I met during these years.
Andreea Boyer: When did you start with your career as a filmmaker and has filmmaking always been your main focus?
Leandro Taub: I started around six or seven years old as an actor. It has been part of my focus, rotating sometimes having a high priority and some other times not so much.
Andreea Boyer: What can you tell us about the cast and story from your movie, Externo?
Leandro Taub: The cast of Externo are Leandro Taub, Elisabeth Ehrlich, Christian Bargados. The short pitch of it is; “A revolutionary businessman tries to conquer the world with $2,000.” We can see in the film some strategies of a particular type of businessman to be able to increase his patrimony, power, and influence in the world.
Andreea Boyer: Where did you film your movie?
Leandro Taub: Germany.
Andreea Boyer: What can you tell us about your other films and work?
Leandro Taub: As an actor, I worked in feature films and art films, among which are Endless Poetry by Alejandro Jodorowsky, Woodwind by Fin Manjoo, An Innocent Mind Has No Fear by Ralf Schmerberg and ¿Quien Soy? by Luis Alvarez Armenta.
Andreea Boyer: What can you tell us about your best experiences and which moments in your career have been the most influential ones for you?
Leandro Taub: There are thousands of amazing and very influential moments I had the luck to experience. Some good and very influential experiences that come to my mind:
- Shooting Endless Poetry with Alejandro Jodorowsky and Christopher Doyle, learning from them so much during two months.
- Spending a season of friendship and deep connection with Fito Paez at his place, learning from him so much.
- Spending time with the talented Ralf Schmerberg, learning from him so much. Also working with him on a script made me learn a lot.
- Spending several months of talks with Lou Shankara, with whom I wrote my first book. Amazing experience. I learned a lot there.
- Spending beautiful moments with Udo Kier, of deep talks, and learning from his life point of view.
- Spending wonderful moments with Amanda Plummer, of laughs and talks, learning from her wisdom and experience.
- Spending deep conversations with my friend and talented artist Dignity (Calu) Rivero, learning from her.
- Having been the son of my parents, with hundreds of deep conversations and recommendations I got from them. The list can go on and on.
Andreea Boyer: Which moments on the film set have been the most difficult ones for you?
Leandro Taub: To be in front of the camera and in the back of the camera for the same movie. That was a big challenge.
Andreea Boyer: What is your advice for all young independent filmmakers on how they should work on their goals and reach the best audience for their individual work?
Leandro Taub: Don’t lose time dreaming. Spend your time doing. Work with what you have, and the opportunities will continue coming to your door. Your first audiences are your family and friends. Give them something good. They will help you to reach the friends of your friends. Give them something good. They will help you reach the friends of the friends of your friends. Give them something good. And continue.
Thank you, Mr Taub. We wish you continued success.