Man, if only I could learn my lessons! Or maybe it’s a good thing that I tend to have a short memory because I very clearly said to my husband to remind me that I would NOT EVER have another kid. I also remember saying that I would not make another movie, but would find a proper job that actually contributes to society. And, after Generation Meds, my first documentary about mental illness, I swore that I would never make another very personal character-based movie. And yet, here I am not only making another movie, but a movie about the very very intimate lives of not one family, but three families!
It’s a strange thing how a camera lets you into places (physical and emotional) that people keep hidden otherwise: counseling sessions, fights and make-ups, etc. The most powerful takeaway for me has been a lessening of the isolation. Witnessing people’s deep intimacy has helped me realize that we all share the same or similar struggles, it’s helped me turn away from judgement — of myself mostly but also judgement of others — and build connection and compassion. Making a movie is a big gamble. I don’t know when I start if I’ll ever have a movie at the end, let alone a good one! And so I’ve made a commitment to have a meaningful process, for me, but also for the people involved. But as you all know, meaningful does not mean easy and you can imagine that the participating families were not always thrilled to see me coming with my big-ole camera! But I think everyone involved would agree that it’s been a worthwhile journey, one that’s lead to more self-knowledge, honesty and compassion. Now, with the support of some really talented women, I hope to share this journey with all of you!
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