Mario Bobino of Debonair Productions visits with Dave about his latest project
Oakland film maker Mario Bobino has seen the highs and lows of the business. Over a career spanning three decades, Bobino’s gritty portrayals of his hometown has earned critical accolades and wide video distribution. He’s also experienced a bottoming out that made others shy away with a tarnished image. Using life lessons from football and the loyalty of a tight inner circle, Bobino is back with MyCulture. Bobino talks about his humble beginnings, how football shaped his perspective and what one person saying “yes” can do to revitalize a career.
"When I had failure on my last project, which was for a famous person, everyone turned their back on me....I knew what I could do if got the money so I went through my phone book. I went through 1,000 people and nobody was messing with me. Nobody. So this one person who I just decided to ask, who I didn't think was gonna say 'yes' ended up saying 'yes'.
We live on the back of this hill and I told my daughter, "Just let any of these dudes know if I catch them with alcohol, I'm throwing them over the fence. They're not going back out the front door. They are going over the fence and down the hill."
I said, "Hey, Coach. I'm going to go grab a bite?. He goes "Lunch? I've got four kids over there. I don't even know who they are. Their coach sent 'em here. Three guys over there don't have 12 units. Those four over there don't have a place to stay. We still gotta do playbooks. There's some stale donuts in the foyer there. Grab some of them if you're hungry and grab some of these kids and get some work done." I said to myself, "After this year, I'm done."
"Stand up is so contingent on failure--more than anything else. That's how you learn is literally failure. That's the only way to get good is to just fail all the time. There's no one that was just good."
"When you want to be a film maker or an actor, so you have to be prepared to go the distance. So, Rocky 3 was the metaphor about going the distance...I can't think of any movie that has changed more lives in this world to this day for the better than the Rocky franchise."