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.