Filmmaking means messing up (repeatedly)

There’s an anecdote about getting hired to work in film. It goes something like this: Hiring person says to the candidate, “You want to be on my crew? Tell me about a time where you really messed up on set. How’d you handle it?” Candidate response, “Well, I’ve never messed up.” “Well then, you’re fired,” says the hiring manager. “You have no place on my crew if you’ve never messed

I love talking about failure

Last weekend, I was on a panel about women film at the 2018 Longleaf Film Festival. Our Women in Film panelists shared some powerful ideas, lifted each other up, and sparked great conversations. Thank you each for participating. — LongleafFilmFestival (@LongleafFF) May 12, 2018 During the panel we got into some really great conversations, one of which was about failure. It’s a common conversation among filmmakers and creatives because

“The Innocent AK” screens at Longleaf Film Festival

My newest film, The Innocent AK, is screening at the 2018 Longleaf Film Festival! The festival is at the N.C. Museum of History in downtown Raleigh, N.C., on Saturday, May 12th. The Innocent AK is screening in Film Block D, in Daniels Auditorium, at 5:00 PM. The festival is free to attend. On Saturday, May 12th, I’ll also be part of a panel discussion on women in film. No tickets are required

My 2017 Joy Jar

The Joy Jar has become an annual tradition. That’s a little surprising, considering how much time I spent hating on the idea. It seemed so cheesy and a little pretentious, perhaps? I can’t quite put my finger on why I had such a strong distaste for a good idea. But now I love it. I look forward to it. I’ve come to count on it as part of my New

2017 Year in Review

Whew, what a year. It was a pretty wild, life-altering year. To put it mildly. The Big News The year began with exciting news: Derek and I were going to have a baby! We spent the first few months sharing the news in person with family and friends. Eventually we had a gender reveal shindig so everyone could learn – at the same time – that we were having a

Two Months of Motherhood

My husband and I are two months in and we’re doing alright! The first month of motherhood was so lovely.* There was a lot of adrenaline, quality time with family and friends, and parenting things to discover. I was no longer pregnant so I could finally consume things like sushi, deli meats, and craft beer. I lost a lot of weight, too. Plus, there were so many baby cuddles! The

Ira Glass on Storytelling from David Shiyang Liu

I’ve listened to this audio so many times. When David Shiyang Liu put out the typographic video of Ira Glass talking about storytelling, I got a little obsessed. I wasn’t the only one; it got shared and shared repeatedly a few years ago. Today I rediscovered it, and wanted to share again with y’all. Because the message is still really relevant and the video is (to me) timeless in its