STATEMENT

When I first started working in film, I felt very inspired by the accessibility of the art form. It's physically accessible, in the sense that just about anyone anywhere can experience it (especially due to the emergence of online streaming). However, it's also cognitively accessible. Not only can pretty much anyone experience cinema, but they can and will understand it in an emotionally fundamental way. Film, being the modern descendant of storytelling, efficiently and effectively communicates ideas. And because of that, movies have developed an almost mythic status. They have infiltrated our culture, unlike any other medium. An example of this being, we've all walked down the street with our headphones in and imagined we were in a movie or made an impulsively romantic gesture, or have been unforgivably cruel to a person we love. And we’ve justified our behavior on the pretense that it’s how the protagonist of that one movie we love so much would act. For better or for worse, we look to movies—in the same that we once looked to religion or fables. They help us make sense of our fears, our morality, and our love. And because of that, we must engage in them honestly and responsibly. I wish to do exactly that.