There are incredible people I dream of working with - Jocelyn Moorhouse, Agnés Varda, Reed Morano... and then there are incredible people who live near me, and whose work is developing, and who have exciting futures, and who I like. I just didn't know many of them until recently.
I have dreamt of these people, my people.
I have always wondered how people meet producers. And how people meet producers that understand the film and have a similar sensibility, or at least a complementary one.
I met Lauren Beck online, even though we go to the same university. She is a documentary producer and director and also a production designer. She responded to a call out I made on a female filmmakers facebook page, and then we met in person. She was gently but energetic, and driven. And she strongly encouraged me to cast a non-actor which is what I had intended, but some university folks were swaying me against it. Lauren is on board as the producer and I'm really happy.
Bonita Carzino dates a friend of mine. And I had seen her come and go between shoots, sometimes exhausted but with an unwavering commitment and passion for the projects. I loved that. She also reached out to me when I was thinking she might be great to work with, and when we met it felt easy and like she would be a true ally throughout the process, so she is on board as the cinematographer.
Together we are assembling a great team. It feels good to work with people who really love the project and who are kind, passionate, talented and energetic. I feel very very lucky.