1. What motivated you to make this film?
This film was initially inspired by a true incident shared to me. I then began to research and asked several student if they had heard of any similar circumstances happening at their school and I was alarmed at the amount of responses. It was then that I decided to embark on this subject matter in hopes of conversation
2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?
I wrote the script in roughly three days after making around in my head for several months on how to tell the story. I wrote the script roughly 3 years before shooting. It took roughly a year to finish from conception to completion mainly due to delays from the pandemic.
3. How would you describe your film in two words!?
4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?
I had to send the drive to Taiwan to finish editing, it was challenging not being able to be in the room with editor or colorist, also most of the cast and crew including myself were new film makers and the sound was turned off when shooting so we had to go old school in matching sound to scenes. Was painstakingly long.
5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?
It was very nerve racking as it is a delicate subject matter and I am happy that the audience agreed with the need of conversation around truth and how this next generation is one of hope and justice. I feel the only path to unity is to take ownership of our mistakes and it is then we’re we can find forgiveness. I did not have Dahlia say sorry on purpose as I feel that that is a much deeper issue to be explored and one that would possible be with a feature film.
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6. When did you realize that you wanted to make films?
I was in a writing program mulling over what short film I should do next, my first short film was a Called “Silent April” it also had an underlying theme of bullying with a futurist twist, but around middle school kids. I felt “Dahlia White” was how bullying amplifies when kids are not made accountable, the pattern continues.
. I had spoken with my daughter who was a student at NYU at the time and she was unsure how I was going to tell it. I did not want to make a film that was dark like euphoria I wanted to make it so it could be seen by teens as teaching and conversation tool.
7. What film have you seen the most in your life?
8. What other elements of the festival experience can we and other festivals implement to satisfy you and help you further your filmmaking career?
I definitely think have audience input is incredible and invaluable for a film maker.
9. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway. How has your experiences been working on the festival platform site?
10. What is your favorite meal?
11. What is next for you? A new film?
I am writing and developing a TV series based on a book that I purchased, I have written it as a script and have won a few awards with that script but due to current event I have decided to create a Series is probably more viable.
I also have a short film that I have written called “Miss Taken” that was won several awards. A short film about two women on blind dates at the same place, the same time, but for very different reasons where they wind up with wrong men, discovering, that even mistakes have silver linings