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What neighborhood do you live in?
I live in Park Slope; my husband and I moved here 16 years ago. Wildly enough, this happened because of two women I met at a conference, where I first heard the story that inspired Mother Of George. They invited me to brunch at their apartment, took me for a walk around the neighborhood, and I was hooked. I love the energy, diversity and spirit of Brooklyn.
Does living in Brooklyn affect the work you make?
My work evolves from the people I see and meet. I am always curious about who people are and the stories they have to tell. Brooklyn is a melting pot of families and cultures from around the world. Living here provokes and moves me as a writer.
What's the "film community" like in Brooklyn right now?
Strong! it seems everywhere I go I meet someone who is working on a film. It is invigorating to have a network of artists to share ideas and lend support. Knowing I can grab a coffee with someone and talk through a script thought or idea, is creative nourishment.
What film that's not your own are you most excited about at the festival?
There are so many amazing films to see and experience. I can't pick one. Ain't These Bodies Saints is of interest given that we share the same brilliant cinematographer, Bradford Young, and amazing producers Jay Van Hoy and Lars Knudsen, but then there is After Tiller and Newlyweeds and These Birds Walk... and the list goes on.
What's your favorite movie theater in Brooklyn?
Honestly, BAM. I love the selection of films shown. It's a beautiful space. And a few blocks from my home. What more could I want?