Also, "Killer of Sheep" by Charles Burnett. When that film came out during that time and the way it allowed someone to look at a community ... it is monotonous, no profoundness. That is really effective. It changes people's understanding of things.
Q: When you found out that you got accepted to Sundance, what was your reaction? Did you ever think it was possible?
A: No, 'cause when I started to film, I didn't intend for it to be this big. I knew that it was very conceptual and abstract. I had no intention, (but) a turning point in the film for me was when I met Joslyn Barnes, who works with Danny Glover at Louverture Films. I really connected with her. She understood everything that I was saying, and beyond. Then I met Robb Moss, the chair of the environmental and visual arts department at Harvard, and Maya Krinsky, who's a critic.
I edited the film, but that was the editing team, and that was where the film really became accessible. It really became fractured, but also where a person could engage with it. Before they came and we had conversations, I was dead set on it being way more of a Rorschach test of the black experience.
I was hoping that it would get in (to Sundance) because I felt that if I could get this film into this platform, then I can talk about a way to visualize the African American experience that can actually provide a break from the traditional way of visualizing and therefore provide some visual justice to society.
Q: So what's next for you? Do you want to continue making documentary films? Do you want to go into narrative-based films?
A: I want to do both. I definitely consider myself, for lack of a better term in (a) category, an artist. So I have some smaller projects I'm going to start and some text-based projects. I have some film ideas that I'm starting to pursue. But I'm not so much interested in doing the same thing with the same voice. I don't imagine the next film that I make being as reflexive as this film is. I imagine it sort of advancing the way of looking, or even bringing this idea into a form that is even more fluid, and less fractured. I don't know. I'm definitely not pressed to make a film. I'm not pressed to take photos. I'm kind (of) trying to figure out the best way to articulate things and the best form for each of them.
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