Q & A with "BEHIND THE WATER" Star Fraser Kershaw


Caribbean Entertainment Magazine gets a sneak peek into the film, “Behind the Water” with the star of the film, Fraser Kershaw.

He’s the lead man in a wild new movie called, “Behind the Water”. Caribbean Entertainment Magazine was lucky enough to speak with Kershaw ahead of the June 7th showing of the second internationally televised showing of the movie, “Behind the Water”, and got the man behind the film to give us a sneak preview of what’s to come…

 

What is Behind the Water about …?

It’s hard to understand the water unless you hear the pains of the people. Pain ended up being the theme and a solution begins to show itself. It was important to remain still, listen, and then act accordingly to help and assist. The sounds of pain and feelings of anger around the water can be felt deep in the bones. The stress lingers into the mind and it’s very difficult to shake the feelings out of your head. It takes energy to walk through the jungle smoke and offer some kind of hope.

Will you be entering the movie into film festivals?

Any photographer or cinematographer can get on a plane and take pictures. Documentaries seem to be agenda oriented. I don’t want to be in that arena at this point in my life. Spending money to capture moving images to win trophies in this short life seems crazy considering all the issues. My trophy is a human life saved. I hopefully can do that by motivating somebody near the problem to assist.. and if film is that vehicle we have to hop in.

You have had a large debut on televisions across the nations, how do you feel about the success?

It’s humbling to see it fly into the millions of homes of viewers. I’m glad it has resonated with people. We tried to formulate the footage into a language where people would pick up on clues to drive the mind and heart to a solution. I wanted to communicate a message to the people who live in the problem areas.

What is the motivation behind the movie?

I wanted to do something for the people in a new way. I wanted to communicate with them visually. I saw that homes in rural areas have television. Or the community center will have access to television. But they don’t have access to health care or clean water. Seems so backwards. So I chose to put it directly on television stations across the globe where people near the problems can help.

You have reached just about every territory on many different television stations in the Caribbean, Canada, the UK and the northeast United States. Do you have plans on releasing elsewhere?

I think this isn’t the typical movie because it’s not about promotion it’s more about the position. I wanted to send it to a place everywhere, not just watching on a leather seats with popcorns.

So far, 2 million people have seen your film. What was your motivation artistically to reach this many people?

There’s no substitute for a team of artists performing at their peak in areas where life can be taken quickly. Collaborating with people from the ground to the air to the internet, it’s like one big ball of collective energy all for the greater good. You paste it together and it’s a bit magical. I like when failure is possible because it makes me feel wide awake and alive. That excites me. It mimics life and drives the project. You can feel it come alive and I think people in general celebrate a new well, water filters, medical help, a film, as they are all exciting.

What is the motivation for you to help?

The people asked us to help. I could have easily turned up the music to escape while dancing with my shiny shoes... Instead, I sold some stuff, freed up my time, and hopefully made an everlasting difference in some families’ lives. I wanted to give something that will surely outlast my life.

What do you hope people will take away from the film?

Stand up without fear; kick the tables over until hope arrives. Call or text or photograph the problems and send them to agencies that can help. If people outside the area can analyze the situation early on it’s a bit easier to treat. Environments need and will change. We left the film unmanned and unchained meaning it can still change if we want to add different aspects or bring it live to theaters. They need to wise up.

Who do you mean when you say "they"?

They, who don’t know, For example, the ones who build a clothing factory next to a river where locals drink…and that same clothing company finds puts up huge billboard ads with healthy people wearing the product they produce.

Do you expect people to stand up and help?

Yes, people who lack empathy are considered psychotic. Lacking empathy toward fellow humans is a tell tale sign. We will all feel better collectively on earth if we all pitch in a little and stretch to help the fellow human.

How can readers contribute to this cause?

Choose something you don’t need that has significant value and sell it and give the proceeds to a family that needs some clean water, health care of education. Buy a plane ticket to a country that needs help. Look for people in need. Listen to their story. Meet one of the many families face to face and hand the gift of clean water face to face. Whether the gift be a well, water filtration system, books, health care, food, new business. They will let you know what they need. There are millions of people in and around the Caribbean that would benefit from this exchange. You don't’ need to give to a nonprofit to make a differ