I blogged a little while ago about how excited I was that the weekend of the True/False Film Festival had finally arrived in Columbia. Now that it’s passed, I have to say I’m already missing the vibrance it brought to the downtown area. I’m missing hearing 10 different languages as I pass down the street, and casually pumping into filmmakes I greatly admire.
Thankfully, the weekend left enough memories to carry me till the festival returns next year. One moment in particular I’ll carry around in my pocket for a long time occurred right after arguably one of the best films present, The Crash Reel. I was still reeling (aha) from the power of the story when I got to speak with the filmmaker, Two-time Academy Award nominee Lucy Walker, one-on-one afterward. I should mention that Waker is one of my heroes in the industry. Some of her work includes Waste Land, Countdown to Zero and Devil’s Playground, and I believe that’s all I need to say about that.
In our conversation, she said a line I’ll carry with me into whatever field I go into in the future. “The most important thing I do is tell stories,” she said. “You tell stories well by becoming enraptured by the story you’re telling.”
As the semester progresses (the fact we’re halfway through gives me heart palpitations), this is a concept I will strive to enact in every story I tell – to become enraptured by what I’m telling.