“I demand that a film express either the joy of making cinema or the agony of making cinema. I am not at all interested in anything in between.”― François Truffaut
[Note from the Editor; Rose Ayers] Hi! My name is Rose and I am your Maverick Community Coordinator. I had the privilege of meeting many of you at Underground 9 Online Seminar. For those of you I have not yet met, I look forward to the day we cross paths.
If I could share one thing that has been a constant in my life, it would be this: I love the cinema! The light and the dark, the bottomless possibilities of plots and stories and characters…all of it. My rich taste for the creative became evident when I was a little girl, after my mother decided to home-school me along with my younger sister and brother. Her decision was accompanied by some statutes, the biggest one being: no more television! The time we spent watching cartoons would be replaced with weekly trips to the library. We were devastated. This meant no more ‘Jem Truly Outrageous’ for my sister and I, which for two young girls of the 80’s was nothing short of….a travesty. I was left with no other choice but to let the flood gates of my imagination burst open. My creative tendencies were running around my head like a pack of wild fillies. Within a week I had my sister convinced that she was adopted, my brother believing that a little stuffed bear named ‘Jeff’ was his brother and…my parents declaring that it was best for everyone if I was grounded… indefinitely. Alas, no amount of punishment could hold me back. My true story-telling potential came to a head one Saturday morning when my mother was greeted at our front door by the neighborhood mom patrol. Their children were afraid of coming out of their bedrooms, after I had convinced them that the Vietnam War was fought in the field across from our house. You see, one day as I was walking by I “saw” a wounded soldier give me a bloody “thumbs up” sign. The mothers proclaimed that they did not approve of my behavior and that if I was to continue playing with their kids, I needed to get my history facts straight. I looked a my mother, fully aware that another week of grounding was in my immediate future. Much to my surprise I saw that she was doing her best not to laugh.
Upon completing film school, I have finally succeeded at harnessing my creative energy and as a result, have worked on some amazing projects with the world’s most incredible people. In fact, it is because of the film industry that I met Aydika Jack James, my fire sister and close friend. She was the “star” in the first film I wrote, directed, acted in and edited all on my own. The film was a spec about the fire of a women’s soul and how running is one of the many outlets women use to keep it at a healthy bar. I wanted a fire dancer…someone who could portray the soul of a runner, and after asking around I stumbled upon Aydika (lucky find for me eh?). She killed the part of course, and to this day is one of my best buds.
Below is a link to our film. I hope you enjoy it!
Do you have an exciting thing happening in your life personally or professionally? Or a perspective to Share? Contact Rose at firstname.lastname@example.org.