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What was the reception during Sundance when the film premiered?

Oh, it was so wonderful to be at Sundance. It was such an honor to show the film there. I went to the Sundance Screenwriters Lab in 2015 and that was just such a wonderful boost of confidence and relationships with those wonderful mentors. The institute itself has been so supportive of this project. So I was so so happy to see to screen it there and show it to that audience of film lovers. It was truly an honor. It was beautifully warmly received and it’s been a wonderful ride for me and for the whole cast and the crew. I’m just happy it’s having this life.

What else are you working on?

I’m writing something that’s been announced already an adaptation of a memoir for Matt Reeves’ company. There are a few other things that I’m sort of in the works on that I’m super excited about that are not quite ready to be announced but hopefully soon and they’re great. I’m dying to work with all of these cast members again.

Did I read correctly that this was your first feature?

Yes.

Was it challenging in that regard?

Oh, totally overwhelmingly challenging. Every second. Making a movie is like going to war or something. Maybe not. When you’re making movies, it’s like pushing a boulder up a really, really rocky steep hill.  I think any movie. It’s a miracle that these scenes like requires many miracles any movie but I think when it’s your first time all of that is infinitely more difficult and challenging and scary. Especially to be working with this caliber of actor and crew. My DP, Roberto Schaefer—inevitably, my editor Tom McArdle—inevitably, it’s so tempting to sort of allow that them to dictate how something should be. And thankfully, they were all incredibly supportive of my vision. And it was—they were all so willing to hear that vision and try to execute it and teach me what they were doing and share with me the kind of things that we could do to make those things. Roberto and I were just so in tune. My DP, Roberto Schaefer, were just so in tune about the visuals of the film and he was so able to translate what I saw in my head and do it with the light and the lenses and all of that was tremendously helpful. But yeah, it’s hard. It’s not easy to be a first-timer but everybody really rallied and supported me in a way that was quite beautiful.

I would say how has the reception been in Toronto but the premiere is tomorrow night.

Yes, I know. I don’t know yet. We’ll see. Fingers crossed. It’s okay. It’s good. I’m very excited to be here showing it especially. I’ve never been to this festival before today. I’m told by everyone that it’s their favorite festival and that it’s a lot of wonderful movie lovers.

Yeah.

That’s amazing to be able to show something so personal—to share that with strangers. It’s scary but it’s profoundly a moving exchange for me so I’m delighted to be here.

With my own grandmother, she wasn’t officially diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s but her heart stopped when she had back surgery in the early 90s and her memory was just never the same. I did find myself connecting on that level.

I’m so sorry. It’s really something, isn’t it?

Yeah.

Memory is a special thing.

It’s like whenever I have the chance to take photos, I will take them.

Yeah, exactly. That was what was so amazing about being able to make this. It’s like being able to make a memory of myself that I can’t lose. I feel very fortunate.

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