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Fresh new perspectives from people who have previously never had the platform to express them are now the most valued. It is being proven over and over again at the box office, on streaming platforms and beyond, that audiences want to discover new world's, new people, and the intricacies of their language and sound...
I find it important for us as artists to be willing to go to those unattractive places in our storytelling to help address these often unspoken issues, hold conversations about the taboo, and hopefully, the art can be used to help begin the healing process for those who need to heal..
You have to be open to being honest with yourself and with others. Filmmakers are trained to be lie detectors. Not in an overt or mischievous way, but it just comes with the training. You have to learn how to elevate the subtext when making a film. And that takes honesty..
Films are a reflection of our diverse views on what it means to be human. With the majority of films led by male filmmakers, half our population are put in supporting roles or completely silenced. I was..
One of the key lessons I've learned is that everything isn't for everybody, so pay attention to detail and accept what it is, but don't change what you..
Stress is an illusion we invest in that keeps us distracted for what our purpose is. Films that really move anyone have a lot to do with the energy put in them so as a writer-director I just do..
In Jezebel part of this involves the sisters doing adult entertainment as young black women against the very white backdrop of Las Vegas. Making the film was thrilling and scary and touching..
The toughest challenge I've faced so far was valuing work and success over love. I've always been a career/dream oriented person and up until recently I had to learn always to put people..
Having patience can be very tough. The filmmaking process has really taught the value of patience and planning and sticking to a plan and not rushing it just to..
I relearned that the content is king and everyone and everything else is there to serve the content. And if you’re lucky and if you are working on content that is “worthy” to chase after..
I wrote the film as a “I see you and I hear you” to people living with mental illness. My aunt who’s Bi-Polar and some of my closest friends live with Mental Illness and I was tired of seeing them struggle with the stigma and struggle accepting themselves..
I also want people to appreciate the transcendent power of comedy and to realize there is something truly empowering in being able to laugh at oneself and the tragicomic aspects of reality..
I don’t think I have a unique responsibility as a filmmaker, I just try my best to be an authentic artist and I think all filmmakers..
It’s awful to say that a film you make has an intended message. But I know that everything I make has a strong meaning and message to me. Whether I think the audience should come away with that themselves is a whole different story...