Trust your work.
I helped teach a workshop to filmmakers in Mexico City this week and one filmmaker said something that I'll never forget...
"Daríamos la vida por contar esta historia."
// "We would give our life to tell this story."
Wow. This was heavy, and so was his work. His film, Flores de la Noche // Flowers of the Night, is about trans youth finding freedom and friendship, and quite literally, fighting for their lives to just exist.
It is a heavy and virtuous task to create from a place of deep emotional truth.
Not all stories are this high risk and personal. But I believe that the greatest storytelling comes from a deep place of emotional truth.
Getting to that place takes surrender, trust, and vulnerability.
Making art is about surrendering, distribution and sustainability are about control.
Do what causes a revolution in your heart, and you will work out the rest. We’re here to help you with the impact production and sustainability part.
I just wanted to remind filmmakers that it's okay to surrender, be vulnerable in your storytelling, and trust your work.