Fernando Sulichin: Producer of JFK Revisited and Flag Day

Fernando Sulichin: Producer of JFK Revisited and Flag Day

Acclaimed producer Fernando Sulichin has built his career by working with film giants such as Spike Lee, David Lynch, Sean Penn, and Oliver Stone. Now Fernando has two films debuting at the Cannes Film Festival.

Flag Day is directed by and stars Sean Penn, while JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass is the latest documentary from director Oliver Stone.

JFK Revisited is the follow-up to Stone’s political thriller JFK (1991) about the John F Kennedy assassination. Using recently declassified archives – part of a congressional review sparked by the 1991 film – JFK Revisited sheds new light onto this seminal event in American history. 

Fernando talks about his partnership with Stone and how he has gained the trust of high-profile figures such as Fidel Castro, Nelson Mandela and Vladimir Putin. Fernando’s strong passion for film comes through loud and clear and has him contemplating stepping behind the camera himself. 

“It’s not about judgment, it’s about discovery.” – Fernando Sulichin

Time Stamps:

00:00 – Introducing our guest Fernando Sulichin.
02:31 – What JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass is about.
05:51 – The challenge of finding a buyer for the film.
09:00 – What it’s like working with Oliver Stone.
11:16 – The ways Stone has helped Fernando grow as a filmmaker.
12:44 – The issues with how biased the media has become in recent years.
15:47 – How Fernando gets access to people like Castro, Mandela and Putin.
17:28 – How he decides what questions he wants to ask his subjects.
24:06 – The traits most great directors have in common.
27:37 – The upcoming doc A Bright Future directed by Stone.
36:22 – The similarities between feature films and docs.
38:34 – How Fernando decides whether he will work on a film.
40:33 – The plans he has to get into directing in the future.
41:42 – The importance of being passionate about the film you’re making.
46:54 – The future humanitarian projects that he is working on.
49:52 – How Fernando got his start on Spike Lee’s Malcom X (1992).
51:16 – How the film industry has changed in the last 50 years.

Resources:

Flag Day (2021)
JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass (2021)
JFK (1991)
The Putin Interviews (2017)
Innersound Audio
Alamo Pictures

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Episode 68