That’s tough, I love Fort Greene and I love Bushwick equally for various reasons. You see a lot of seasoned black folks in Fort Greene and you can tell Brooklyn lives in their bones. Bushwick has a grit and grime DIY vibe to it that makes for a better artist. Restaurant: Lil Mo, some of the best Vietnamese food BK has to offer.
BFF was the official premiere for my film and to win an award right off the bat was deeply inspiring, especially since it happened in my own backyard. I’ve spent my life living in different parts of the world but when something like that goes down it feels like one of the moments where the place in which you dwell officially takes you in.
You’re working on a number of other film projects at the moment! Can you describe any of them for us?
My buddies and I, and four production companies, are coming together to make a Grindhouse-type horror anthology called Horrorgasm. That kicks off next year. I wrote a female-driven film noir specifically for two of my friends called The Lady From Long Island City. We’ve just completed post and currently submitting it to festivals, but the next big thing I’m excited about is a proof of concept horror short I’m writing and directing, The Lores of Alice. I’ve just finished my first draft and it will star my good friend Claire Siebers. The challenge will be raising money. I don’t want to crowd fund for this one but I feel confident I can make it happen.
Are there any filmmakers who you look up to or would love to collaborate with one day?
Of course David Lynch and the Coen Brothers are high on the list. Paul Thomas Anderson, Steven Soderbergh, John Carpenter, Martin Scorsese. Their work, writing, scores, and unique voices in storytelling have definitely shaped the kind of filmmaker I am today.
What does it mean to you to create in the Brooklyn community, one that is ever-evolving?
A lot of the people I meet definitely have a DIY vibe to their work, work with a micro-budget, and have big ideas they still manage to execute. It’s downtown New York in the 80s all over again, and I think that’s always going to be the sweet spot you want to eat and breathe in as an artist.
Anything else you’d like to add?