Director and producer of feature film The Purple Onion. Writer of fiction novel Cupertino.
Hope has been demystifying an often very unclear landscape. And while thanks to him I see a bigger picture, I'm often more stumped by how to create longevity as a filmmaker. I studied film in Europe where there's a system that supports filmmaking with national and regional film funds. I see how my friends there are working on TV documentaries that get funding from the onset, creating co-productions for their features and even tapping city funds to make their shorts and features. The path is more clear there. Here in the US we have to really strategize, be more savvy and navigate the new cross sections of technology, distribution and social media. Not sure which way leads to a more sustainable path for filmmakers, although having a EU passport I'm tempted to return to Europe and try to make my second film with national support there.
This was a very inspiring read. Ondi is taking matters into her own hands. After applying for so many film grants for various projects I've realized that you can spend years just trying to create the perfect condition in which to make art in. Ondi, Amanda, Shephard and the like just went out and did it. While this is no new information, since most of us know this to be true, it's so refreshing to be reminded that really you can just go out there and create, there's proof of it! Kudos!