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What neighborhood do you live in?
Fort Greene seems to have a gravitational pull for filmmakers in Brooklyn. I've bumped in to people at festivals who've lived one block over. There are so many filmmakers here. Dropping a DVD submission in the mail on Fulton for a fest, I jokingly asked the mail lady to say a prayer on the package as she dropped it in. She said, "for you and the 10 others in here before you."
Does living in Brooklyn affect the work you make?
It doesn't hurt that there are good coffee spots everywhere, multiplying by the minute. The proximity of Prospect Park means that there is an outlet for me to pedal out an idea in my head or take a break.
What's the "film community" like in Brooklyn right now?
My corner of it is supportive and popping with ideas. We have or attend dinners routinely with people talking till late and do endless problem solving for passion pieces. That's great. It's also great to come back to if you've been away for a while in your own shooting bubble and then hear about someone else's work.
What film that's not your own are you most excited about at the festival?
Ain't Them Bodies Saints.
What's your favorite movie theater in Brooklyn?
reRun in DUMBO—showing risky, brilliant, undistributed films that don't usually get seen may be the most obvious and brilliant idea to keep your creative pistons going.