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Updated: Jul 13, 2021


How did you get started?

I started young. I didn’t start film making young, but I started writing when I was about 7 or 8. It was something I enjoyed doing as a young child, and when my family moved to the United States, I kind of went through a culture shock and so I embraced it more. I dove into my own world and that allowed me to flush out creative thoughts. Actually, I left it alone for quite some time, through high school and college, I didn’t really write. Then I decided to take an acting class and that snowballed in to year of study and I saw different plays and films. Eventually I became a writing director.

How did you learn about MakerSpace? How has MakerSpace helped you?

My manager actually saw an ad on internship and he asked me if I wanted to apply. I said sure, it turns out that there was an opening and I got it. Here I am. MakerSpace has provided me a space and has helped me find resources such as grants and has been great with making introductions to people in Staten Island's film community. Sometimes just a change of environment allows you to focus more. When you get into, or at least when I get into too much of a routine, I kind of become stale and get distracted easily. So being here allows me to attack my projects with a new sense of zeal.

What projects are you currently work on? Have you done?

I am in pre-production for a film called Miranda. I originally did it as a 12 min short film and it won audience choice award in Texas. It played at the New York City Public Library and several other festivals. Because of the response, it led me to [want to] do more of the story side. SO I expanded it into a featured film. Miranda is a contemporary Mo’ Better Blues meets Love Jones. But the main theme is domestic abuse. The protagonist is Miranda, a spoken word artist who kind of lost her poets voice and is struggling to find it again. Part of the reason is because of the abuse and trauma she is going through. I guess, typically speaking, people tend to turn to their craft or their art work and bury themselves in that, but for whatever reason she is stifled by it. When she… I guess I’ll stop there, and you should watch the movie.

Other Work:

Black 2 Sugars- There’s Black 2 Sugars, that is a 20 min film and because it so short I can’t give many details. I am also in productions on a boxing documentary through the eyes of the storm. It follows female boxers.

ANOTHER FILM- Called A City Called Heaven

Tell me about one of your favorite moment thus far as a director/filmmaker?

I’ll say collaborating with actors and seeing the work come to life. That’s always a powerful thing. I mean it's fine when you write, but when you hear it and you feel it from other people, it really makes a difference. For Miranda, the short, as an example. When we were selected for a festival in Texas, the Red Wasp Film Festival, I went down and ended up sitting in the middle of the theater. As the film was playing, everyone was responding when they needed to, they laughed when they needed to laugh, they gasped, or what ever was appropriate as I wrote it in the script, the audience caught it. They gave every cue that was impactful for me. And then seeing the response during the Q&A, people thanked me for making that film, that topic. One lady said she'd wished she had seen it 20 years before because she wouldn't have gone through the court hearings and restraining orders, and her life would have been different. So seeing the impact of art in people’s lives and how it effects lives is. That’s what makes this what it is.

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Updated: Jul 13, 2021

Questions answered by Kristin Wallace

What is MakerPark Radio?

MakerPark Radio is a Non-Profit Streaming Community Radio station and has been a member of SI MakerSpace since July 2017. MakerPark is volunteer driven and has about 85 volunteers currently. You can stream all the content on the website, the MakerPark app, and on Mixlr & TuneIn, two other radio apps. The radio programs have a focus on the arts and the maker movement. While also showing the range in musical taste from metal to jazz, house music, disco, classic and so much more! The volunteers have talk shows on brewing, urban farming, female artists, makerspace, literary shows in English and Spanish, sports, addiction & recovery, different aspects of the African community, and traditional Sri Lankan arts.

What inspired you to begin MakerPark Radio?

I had volunteered for a festival here on the island, and was inspired to create a community building place. I felt that the arts community needed a place to get the word out about all of the talent we have here. We were inspired by other radio stations that started doing DIY streaming, but wanted to create a real community radio across many music, art, social and ethnic communities. We believe that music brings people together and it really has!

How has MakerSpace helped you?

When we came to them with this crazy idea they said "OK!" so that was great! They help us by putting up with many DJs and guests coming and going throughout the week. And use of the park and conference room sometimes is helpful when we do events. They are also an advocate for what we do, and we love being in a place where artistic ideas are happening around us all the time, and artistic and entrepreneurial people are coming in and out every day, we inspire each other I think.

Tell us about your favorite MakerSpace moment?

The Maker Faire was a lot of fun to do with the STEAMwagon, we set up a DJ booth next to them, and had a crowd going all day. I also personally loved the summer camp my kids went to, they floated around on a hover-board made from a leaf blower. I also loved our Block Party last July, we had over 650 people and MakerSpace was huge in making that day a success. I also love that when something breaks in the studio, like a latch or whatever, I can just get it fixed at MakerSpace. You don't usually think that you can make a part, but we see solutions differently now, and try and solve them ourselves first.

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