Interview: M. Rubio

Today we’re joined by M. Rubio. M. is a wonderful student filmmaker who specializes in short films. His films fall into a variety of genres: comedy, horror, drama, and even surrealism. When he’s not working on films, M. is writing, mostly nonfiction essays. It’s clear he’s a passionate artist with an incredibly bright future ahead of him. My thanks him for taking the time to participate in this interview.


Please, tell us about
your art.

Well, I make short films and I write a lot. I guess category
wise, I would be considered a student filmmaker. The stuff I publish are
usually nonfiction essays about my life or thoughts. In terms of short films, I
post occasionally, sometime random stuff, on my YouTube Channel. I intend to
release a four-episode miniseries sometimes this summer though.

In terms of the art itself, the stuff leans towards awkward,
dry, and self-aware comedy. Occasionally I lean to some drama or just pure
surrealist comedy, it mostly depends on my mood or if I am assigned to make
something that requires that tone.

My personal favorite work so far is this short where I put a
voice over to a college horror film. This film is pretty much my style in a

What inspires you?

Depends on what you mean specifically. In terms of the stuff
I make, I am inspired by the things around me. I have a very Seinfeld mindset
in that I write and film what I know.

In terms of inspiration in general. I admire people that have
a strong moral ground or are amazingly creative. Bonus points if you are both.
Examples include Jim Henson, Fred Rogers, Hayao Miyazaki, Fumito Ueda, and
Lemony Snicket.

What got you
interested in your field?  Have you
always wanted to be an artist?

The turning point was watching Roger Ebert’s commentary on Citizen Kane. Citizen Kane is great, but the commentary adds a whole new layer
for me. It opened my eyes to a whole new world of storytelling. I watched it
when I was a junior in high school, and I thought film was simply pointing a
camera at something. The Roger Ebert commentary completely changed that.

I always wanted to be a story teller of some kind (I always
had an active imagination), and that commentary convinced me that the film
medium is the one I should pursue is film.

Do you have any kind
of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work
that you’d be willing to reveal?

Not really. I guess there was always a layer of
self-awareness, awkwardness, or dryness to my work, but there was never a
unique signature of some kind.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

It is okay if you don’t know everything or aren’t good at
everything. No artist is an expert on their craft. You don’t have to be
perfect, you just have to be good and strive to be better. That was a hurdle
that I wished I learned early in my life. Art can be an intimidating field to
get into.


Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I identify as hetero demisexual.

Have you encountered
any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

No prejudice, but tons of ignorance. Thankfully, it wasn’t
the toxic ignorance. But almost everyone I talked to about my sexuality, I had
to explain to them what asexuality/demisexuality was. This is not a problem for
me, since I love explaining my asexuality. It never gets tedious. Mainly
because, I love seeing the light bulbs light up when I do explain it.

That said, I am particular with who I come out to out of
fear of prejudice. I live in the South, so certain people have a more hostile
ignorance. You can usually tell which ones are which just by having a five minute
conversation with them.

What’s the most
common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

That asexuals are all frigid. One of common things I have to
clear up are the fact that asexuals can be sex positive. I have to explain that
there are a variety of spectrums with asexuality, and with sexuality in
general. Not only is allosexual/asexual a spectrum, but how we view sex is also
a spectrum.

What advice would you
give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their

Sexuality is an identity and identity is very fluid. That
said, there are a lot of people, some of those people aggressive and toxic,
that don’t know it or don’t believe it. There will be times where YOU have to
clear up misconceptions. With that, you have to be an expert on sexuality.

Finally, where can
people find out more about your work?

There is my YouTube channel, which I put all of my stuff on.
Give it a look:

I also blog on occasion. I usually put it on this site:

Thank you, M., for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.