I'm interested in how innocence fares when it collides with hard reality.
From stoplights to skyscrapers, turn anywhere in civilization and you will see imagination at work. It's in our inventions, advances and remedies and how a single parent masterminds each day. Imagination is boundless, surrounds us and resides in us all.
It's so easy today to get swept up in celebrity fixation and materialism and searching for some validation outside of yourself when we know it's really found within and through meaningful connections with other people.
If humanity is being swallowed by a modern primitivism, imagination might be the thing that saves us all.
I don't have to go into outer space to write about an astronaut.
'Precious' is strangely uplifting. It goes down into the valley but it also goes to the mountain tops. A lot of difficult realities are explored in 'Precious,' but the peaks make the valleys and the valleys make the peaks.
In these times of stress, snark, division and despair, I still suspect that two of the most important features we possess are imagination and a capacity for goodness. Those are qualities for which we will be remembered most fondly.
You only get one world premiere of your directorial debut.
Characters who experience great trauma will sometimes create an escape.
You can be moved by an animated film and not by a live action film. There could be great inspiration in and humanity in that animated story.
I was always writing scripts, and I had made several shorts, before and after film school. But I worked a variety of temp positions over the years.
I often think about the many remarkable things that my personal computer can do which I never ask it to do. I probably use a small fraction of its capabilities. I often wonder if the same dynamic occurs with our capacity for creativity.
If you do the math, films featuring women are a good investment.
The brutality that can take place in a crime film heightens the tenderness that can also be there.
I don't think there's enough breadth to the stories told about African-Americans.
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