It’s amazing to think that just last summer I was sitting on my fire escape with Ech talking about the prospects of this film while drinking milkshakes under pink sunsets. It all seemed like just a dream, becoming our own private obsession. I am so lucky and proud to know him, work with him, learn from him, and totally admire him. I am eternally grateful for his fearlessness and passion that he devotes far and beyond his own knowledge in every project he does and especially this sparkly little world. We both work in the same way- we call it ‘method directing/DPing.’ We chose to fully engulf ourselves emotionally in the scenes and shoot in a documentary-style- following your intuition and intimate moments that can usually pass us by. Through this process, I’ve also discovered how essential it is to have strong bonds with your actors – not just for a great performance, but to feel a connection with them. Dazed with gratitude, I was so eager to leap over to them and shower them with affection and attention. Nelson, my lead, has been a close friend ever since he starred in Ameer’s second year film, Speedy. Nelson doesn’t know this, but as the script found it’s legs within the past year, I slowly started writing the role of Eden specifically for him.
I’ve gotten to a point where I want to stop talking about my film and just show it – so there’s very little to explain or tease until the premiere date at the Dusty Festival. I do want to take this time to thank my magical, mystical, invincible crew. All of these beautiful people traveling hours away for a week, giving up classes and work to be on set with me all day- all to just solve my problems for little me! I promise it was a lot more than just that, but that’s really what it was. For some reason, they all wanted to help me and give life to this little universe.
The crew was comprised of close friends that very quickly became a family, including the cast. Through all the terribly ugly nicknames I called you all (in the most endearing and loving way possible, I promise), we had the best time on set, like a little vacation. Breakfast in the leopard-printed Cabana at 7AM, home-cooked meals, and then night swimming after wrap with a walk to the beach. We all put so much love into the film and shared it with each other on set- after sitting with it for months and months, it really does show. I’m afraid of giving anything away because I have a fear that people are already expecting a lot. At the core of it, it’s a joyful film with some glitter and blood here and there. I made this film to fulfill my greatest pleasure and I think, the essence of filmmaking – which is to share.