· Age - 25
· Occupation - Producer/Editor
· Location – LES, NYC!
When were you first approached to be a part of the MI team? What were your initial thoughts? I was first approached by Fredgy late summer of 2013. It was a fateful meetingover Pho and sweet tea – my initial thoughts were about Fredgy (what a magnetic, dynamic woman full of energy!) and that I was immediately interested in getting involved. The story was close to home, Fredgy’s passion for the project was infectious, and it was perfect timing all around.
What is your role in MI? Producer, occasional ball-buster.
Favorite memory of filming? It’s nearly impossible to choose one, but if I must… When I had 20 people in my apartment shooting the last scenes of our 1st 12 hour day. One scene called for a bunch of door slamming and yelling, and suffice enough to say – my downstairs neighbor was not too pleased about the noise. All the while, I was trying to quietly break out catering (with burners) for cast and crew on my tiny kitchen countertop. Hot, sweaty, hilarious.
Favorite scene? From an aesthetic perspective – the wedding dress scene. It’s ethereal, light, airy, pure, gorgeous. From a narrative perspective, the scene when Felipe yells at Josephine – the poor guy is going through it emotionally, but it’s one of my favorite comedic moments of the entire film.
How has MI impacted your life? Career? In so many ways! It’s my first major Producer credit (and I have Fredgy to thank tenfold for that), and hopefully leads to other creative, narrative projects with the MI team in the future. It taught me a lot about hard work, communication, staying levelheaded, admitting to mistakes and how important it is to assemble a strong team.
Have you ever felt like Josephine, liking your boyfriends mom more than your boyfriend? Big time. Again, this is one of the things that attracted me to the project in the first place – it was a very personal exploration for me, and something that’s happened to me in my own life. I’ve certainly forged a few relationships with the mothers of the men I’ve been in relationships with over the years that have deeply impacted me.
What are your hopes for the film and rest of the crew? I have the highest of hopes that this film will go far on the festival circuit and that it will continue to grow and take on new life! Perhaps as a feature, as a pilot – who knows. Sky’s the limit. I hope that the crew took this as a tremendous learning experience as well. I’m so impressed by what each and every person did, and I would dearly like to work with them in future creative capacities. I know we could tackle any project with the same grace and good spirit that we did for MI.
Do you have any parting thoughts you'd like to share? This project was exciting, tumultuous, stressful, beautiful, exhilarating, personal – I hope you enjoy this artistic little gem and take a minute to reflect on all of your own personal relationships. With your mom, with an ex, with a current love – this is what makes us whole and it was an extreme joy to bring these raw realities of human interaction to the screen.