Paul Sidhu | Interview | SMC Spotlight Artist March 1st, 2017
SMC – Hello Paul! I have been doing some reading on your background over the last few weeks since CEO of Bellus Magazine, Joshua Shultz mentioned you to me. WOW! There are some fabulous contributions to film you have been a part of as an Actor. For our readers, can you tell us a little about your background and why acting is important to you?
PS – I have always had a love of acting and cinema since childhood. I suppose it’s the excitement and depth of emotions which comes from playing another individual. Being brought up in the Pacific-Northwest I did not pursue acting straight off. I went to college and grad school thinking at the time that is a much more pragmatic approach to life. I really felt I would not be able to make it happen at the time. Call it lack of confidence if you will. Only after finishing all of my higher education did I dive head on into acting.
SMC – Which film was most memorable for you and why?
PS – 2307 Winter’s Dream. I was involved in the original treatment of the film and subsequent screenplay. I’ve been close to the story since it’s inception and have developed a close bond with my character Commander Bishop over the years.
SMC – What are your thoughts about the film industry in general in Los Angeles compared to other areas of the world?
PS – I think it’s amazing. Defiantly a very tough place to make it. However, with tenacity, luck, and circumstance anyone can do it here.
SMC – I am very excited to see the film you will be starring in: 2307: Winter’s Dream (in theatres summer 2017)! I watched the trailer for the film and I have to say, I am a sci-fi geek BUT – only for great films, and I have a good feeling about this one…. how did you become involved in this project?
PS – I wrote the original short story. Later I met with Joey Curtis one of the writers on Blue Valentine and we crafted the screenplay. Afterwards Robert Beaumont and myself went out to procure financing for the film.
SMC – What has the global reception at film festivals been like for 2307: Winter’s Dream? I Saw you tweet that VARIETY noted that the film was recently acquired in U.S., and global markets! That’s fantastic!
PS – It has been very humbling. I just got back from the Boston Science Fiction film festival where we picked up the award for best action film. It was so nice to have sci-fi fans ask questions of me with genuine excitement at the Q&A. It was something I will always remember.
SMC – Also, four days ago, you tweeted that 2307: Winter’s Dream won for Best Sci-Fi film at the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival in February. That’s a huge accomplishment. What was your thoughts when this was announced?
PS – I was surprised and happily grateful. It means a lot.
SMC – What is your personal fascination with Sci-Fi culture?
PS – It’s the endless possibilities out there that attracts me to sci-fi. And the fact that there are no cultural norms to abide by. Multiple landscapes and endless scenarios.
SMC – What has the media response been like for the film?
PS – It has been good but sometimes tricky. Some outlets commonly compare our film to studio films with budgets that far exceed 100 million dollars. Our film was made on a very small budget. So, I always cringe when they say stuff like, “MADMAX on ICE” Because the audience will expect huge studio action. Ours is definitely an action sci- fi but it leans heavily towards science fiction drama.
SMC – Are there any industry peers you would like to acknowledge in this interview for their contributions/support for you as an Actor?
PS – Everyone on 2307 Winter’s Dream. The cast and crew. They supported me for the entire duration of this project.
SMC – You mentioned in your interview with Bellus Magazine that you admire people who have overcome huge obstacles in their lives – is that something you can personally relate to?
PS – I can and cannot. I have overcome some challenges. But my obstacles are small in comparison to what I have seen others overcome and endure. So, I admire those people, those heroes.
SMC – You also mention in the same interview that you gravitate to roles that are far removed from reality – is there a preference for the kinds of roles you seek?
PS – Something that has to challenge me as an actor but at the time be a part of unique inspirational stories.
SMC – What was the best part of filming 2307 for you?
PS – The comraderies and the belief by all that we were making something special.
SMC – I always like to ask if there were any funny moments, or scary moments while filming 2307?
PS – The cold. The cold and the cold. It was below zero were we shot and we were literally frozen everyday.
SMC – Where were most of the set locations for the film?
PS – On frozen over Lake Erie during the polar vortex of Feb 2015.
SMC – A little off topic, but I am curious: are you an active participant in any Charites or organizations? If so which ones and why?
PS – Yes. Save the Heart Foundation. A charity that raises awareness for children with congenital heart defects. Also, the Glendora Public Library System which provides both youth and adult educational services for those in need. And the skin cancer awareness foundation.
SMC – Would you say you are a dreamer or a realist?
PS – I think most actors will fall in the dreamer category. Dream big. Always.
SMC – What have been some of the most critical things you have been told about yourself in the film industry?
PS – As a leading male actor. You are not white and you are not black either. Also, I tend to get bagged on about my non-traditional route into acting.
SMC – What does career success mean to you?
PS – Being a part of meaningful films that impact people, allow folks to escape.
SMC – What is an ‘all bets are off’ situation for you in terms of what you won’t do for a role?
PS – I try not to go into any situation thinking in absolutes. I really have to access the script, the purpose behind the character and what kind of story the director and screen writers want crafted. Everything must be in context before making a decision.
SMC – Can you tell us five things about yourself that no one else knows?
PS – 1. I look forward to eating spaghetti and meatballs every Sunday night. Anything else is best kept a secret.
SMC – Of course, you know that we love music and have begun incorporating Fashion, Film, and Travel as components of Starlight Music Chronicles. So…. I have to ask: what are the last five songs in your recently played playlist?
PS – 1. Minas Truth from The lord of the Rings 2. The ride of the The Rohirrim from lord of the rings. 3. That Justin Timberlake song from Trolls. 4. 5. Selena Gomez tunes.
SMC – Alright, final question: Can you give words of wisdom or insight to anyone just starting out pursuing an acting career?
PS – Be on time, be professional, and never give ear to people that will tell you why you can’t make it.
SMC – Thank You Paul! It was an honor to be able to connect with you! We look forward to reviewing this film once it’s in theaters!
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