So I have been in the midst of an identity shift over the past 3 years. After working primarily as a dancer and choreographer for the past 20 years, I now find myself saying "I'm a filmmaker." I am still active in the dance field, but I am spending more and more time making films. And I am loving it. The hustle and the challenges are the same: I am still ferociously writing grants, working my networks, and fundraising like crazy.
I have been working on the documentary Forbidden for the past 3 years and it will continue to dominate my attention (happily) for the next year as well. Meeting Moises was a life changing encounter, much like starting my first documentary, Little House in the Big House. It shifted my perspective, away from my own immediate situation, and made me look at another layer of privilege that I don't think about: having citizenship in the country where I grew up. There is a lot of ugly rhetoric racing around social networks and spewing from the mouths of republican candidates these days. It makes me think they probably don't get out much and interact with human beings. We, the crew working on the film, hope that a small story told well could have significant impact. Please visit the website if you haven't yet. Feel free to open your wallets as well, we are still fundraising like mad to come up with the finishing funds. There is a big ol'red DONATE button on the front page of the website. Click away :)
I am also excited to be working on other projects with fabulous human beings that I have been so blessed to encounter over the past couple years. Black Stains is a collaboration with my former colleague at University of Florida, Trent D. Williams. Jr. He's an amazing dancer, choreographer and teacher. And we make each other laugh hard. This project is full of relevant questions about the current climate of race in this country, not to mention some full throttle amazing dancing. Please check out the trailer I whipped up recently. We are hoping it lands us some grants! (It's not all about money I promise...but actually it is! Can't pay rent with air!).
I have more to talk about but I'll leave it there for now. Stay tuned for more updates and info about new projects!!!
Stay aware, active, and artsy. Art+Action=Change
Here's Moises and I last weekend in Winston-Salem after a successful work-in-progress screening of Forbidden. We were so amped from the overwhelming response. Moments like these make all the hard work feel worth it. Onward!