Why do you make movies?
Generally, I think the world, and the human experience, is absolutely insane and I guess filmmaking is my way of exploring, escaping, or making sense of it. It’s how I feel most comfortable expressing my thoughts, questions, and fears.
What story do you want to tell?
I want to tell stories about imperfect people who are struggling to find meaning in the most tragic, unexpected or challenging of circumstances. I also want to explore topics and situations that are difficult, uncomfortable and morally grey.
What’s your story?
I’m 23 years old and just in the process of figuring that out… on a much larger scale, I think I was born in a very interesting period of history and one that I’m both excited and terrified to see play out. As cliched an answer as it may be - I’m just hoping to leave this place slightly better than I found it. I’ve always been extremely passionate about filmmaking as a medium, and its ability to connect people. I’d love to spend my life doing this.
What do you want to achieve in your craft?
I want people to think critically about stories and the role they play in society. What are the stories we tell ourselves? What are the stories we tell others? How are stories used to influence, inspire, unite, or divide? And perhaps more importantly, why?
What message were you trying to relay with Goliath?
I’m not sure there is one particular message, so much as a conversation I was hoping to incite. Whether or not I succeeded, I hope it will get people thinking about a subject that I feel quite strongly about.
What was your vision for Goliath when you were making it?
With Goliath, I wanted to learn filmmaking in a “trial by fire” approach - film school has it’s pros and cons but I didn’t feel it was preparing me enough for the actual realities of the industry. I didn’t want to wait with my fingers crossed for someone to hire me, I wanted to go and create something. I was 20 years old when I wrote Goliath, and 21 when we shot it. Over the three year process of making it, I’ve had some very wonderful and very difficult experiences. I’ve learned and unlearned a lot about the world, and I’ve come to realize that I know very little about anything - but I think that realization is a good place to start. Making this film has been an absolute ride, and I’m dying to do it again.
What would you tell a young person with aspirations to be a filmmaker?
Ask yourself why you want to pursue filmmaking - if it’s for money or prestige, switch careers. It’s tough, all consuming, unsteady and there is no guaranteed outcome. If that doesn’t deter you, then trek on. I’m rooting for you, and I can’t wait to see what you create.
What has been your biggest struggle as a filmmaker?
Filmmaking is a long, gruelling, and often, lonely process. I am terrible at the work/life balance. I’m forever torn between wanting to be around other people - creating memories & experiences, and wanting to be alone and working on my next projects. For as long as I can remember, I have always had an imaginative mind and stories living inside my head. I’ll likely work myself to death trying to tell them.
What do you see as the biggest struggle going forward?
How do I convince people to keep letting me do this job?