Descending into Autumn

Thus far, 2016 has proven to be one of the most interesting years of my life.

In July, I quit my jobs in Durham, moved out of my apartment and into a storage unit, piled into a car with two dear friends and spent a month and a half driving all over the country visiting family and friends and exploring places I’ve never even imagined. We passed through 17 states, witnessed early stages of the Perseid Meteor shower from the Colorado River outside Arches National Park, traveled with the rain, met a vampire in New Orleans, lost ourselves in endless fields of windmills, met unforgettable friends and strangers, and saw landscapes that inspired tears and rage, fear and hope.

I returned to North Carolina with a new goal. Originally, my plan was to move to Brooklyn in October, a plan that I was already executing. While we passed through Arizona, I made reservations to visit and rest at an experimental, urban laboratory in the middle of the desert. Upon arrival and exploration, my heart was taken and I found myself changing all my plans. I called many people that I love, including those I was working my way to NYC to be closer to. They assured me there was always love and encouraged me to follow my heart. Coming October 6th, I will start my journey back into the desert to Arcosanti to take a risk on an opportunity that brings me incredible wealths of inspiration.

While on the road, Rotatio was accepted to several more film festivals, now reaching a total of eleven. Just before I leave for Arizona, Ian and I will be flying to NYC to attend our official screening in the documentary shorts program at the New York Film Festival! Four years ago, I attended the NYFF with a class from my college to see work from the amazing Nathaniel Dorsky. I never even dreamed that I would have work included in the festival one day. From the festival:

The 17-day New York Film Festival highlights the best in world cinema, featuring top films from celebrated filmmakers as well as fresh new talent. The five-person selection committee is chaired by New York Film Festival Director Kent Jones and includes esteemed critics, curators, and programmers.

Since 1963, the New York Film Festival has brought new and important cinematic works from around the world to Lincoln Center. In addition to the Main Slate official selections, the festival includes newly restored classics, special events, filmmaker talks, panel discussions, an Avant-Garde showcase, and much more.”

A year ago, I was settling into the idea of living in Durham, NC for the next several years to be close to my family and take some time to myself after school. I am trying to shake the disbelief in all the changes that have happened this year. The gratitude I want to express for all of the incredible people that I have met this year that have supported the film and helped us share it with so many amazing audiences is immeasurable. The same goes for my family and friends who are reading this now. You are the stars I follow.

Stay close.

 

 

AFI Documentary Film Festival

This week

Rotatio will be screening at the American Film Institute Documentary Film Festival in Washington D.C. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the festival, here is a excerpt from their website:

"AFI DOCS is the nation's documentary film festival known for showcasing the best in documentary filmmaking from the US and around the world.

AFI DOCS is also the only film festival in the United States that offers the unique opportunity to connect film audiences with national opinion leaders, filmmakers and intriguing film subjects. With conversations and experiences you won't experience at any other film festival, AFI DOCS harnesses the power of this important art form and its potential to inspire change."

The film will be screening at 1:30 pm this Thursday, June 23rd. Not only is this an incredible film festival to be part of, this year AFI DOCS will be awarding Werner Herzog the 2016 Charles Guggenheim Symposium honoree. Never would I have dreamt that my first film would be shown in a festival honoring one of my favorite filmmakers of all time. I am incredibly humbled and privileged to be attending the festival as well. Ian, my co-director and partner, is on a adventure of a lifetime traveling Africa with his brother who works for the Peace Corps, so he won't be able to join me. This is surely going to be my own adventure of a lifetime though.

I would not have the ability to attend this festival without the support from the Filmed in NC grant from the Cucalorus Film Festival. Their generous grant will be helping me travel to Washington and meet the incredible filmmakers and audiences in D.C.– sharing my experiences face to face and showing support for all of the incredible artists showing their dedication and masterpieces.

Next Month

I will finally be setting out on another adventure of a lifetime. The School of the Museum of Fine Arts awarded me the Allie Pratt Award for traveling artists, and after a year of planning, me and two fellow artists will embark on a trip across the country. With cameras, recording equipment, instruments, paper and pen, our month of travel will be filled with creativity. Stay close to hear more about planning and all our spectacular destinations and inspirations.

Until then, here are some images of us from the River Run International Film Festival in Winston-Salem, NC!

Film Festival Update

At Slamdance Film Festival, we had the honor to meet a slew of extremely talented, humble, and engaged film makers and artists. We watched a total of 67 films over the course of 7 days and still managed to miss several amazing pieces that were made by gracious film makers that allowed us to watch them from home.

Since January, Rotatio has been accepted to the Florida Film Festival just outside Orlando, Florida, River Run Film Festival, and Indie Grits Film Festival in South Carolina. All three of these festivals will be taking place the week of April 7 - 18th. We are planning to attend the Florida Film Festival from 8 - 12th and the River Run Festival from the 14 - 17th. Please reach out if you will be in attendance!

Cucalorus Film Festival held a Red Carpet Event to announce the grant recipients on February 28.

Cucalorus Film Festival held a Red Carpet Event to announce the grant recipients on February 28.

 

The short film has also received one of the first annual film making grants from Cucalorus Film Festival in Wilmington, NC. They have decided to help fund our project which will allow us to travel to these amazing film festivals to support our film and promote education and discussion of sexual trauma and the purpose art has in changing the conversation.

Please let me know if you are reading this and want to see the film, but have no ability to make it to any of these festivals.

Check out the festivals here:

http://www.floridafilmfestival.com/

http://riverrunfilm.com/

http://www.indiegrits.com/

http://www.cucalorus.org/