One year ago, on two cold days in March 2017, I collaborated with a remarkable team to make "Dancing on the Yellow Edges," my first time directing a film. Film is a collaboration, not a solo effort. So, I want to thank a few particular individuals who encouraged me to pursue filmmaking and helped make the film possible.
Thank you Khary Jones, my mentor at Tufts. After reading the script, he was the one who said, "Don't let anyone tell you not to make this film -- and you should direct it." Khary helped ground me in the filmmaking vernacular and styles, but also provided a TON of feedback before and after production (and still does).
Thank you Ben Haven Taylor, my friend and frequent collaborator. Ben was an early supporter of the film and my "vision" (whatever that means). He also brought a lot of preexisting experience as a director and cinematographer, giving me a security that many first time directors don't have. Plus, helping out on his own set provided me the background and foundation to have a successful set of my own.
Thank you Josh Gray, Jay Connolly, and Mandy Gennaro, for bringing the film to life (literally). Each of them took their character and expanded upon them in a way I wouldn't have thought of -- which is my favorite part of directing: the creation of a space to go beyond the script, beyond my initial ideas.
Thank you Matthew Hosking, my brother who provided the inspiration for the brothers' relationship. He's actually an actor now, so I hope to direct him in something eventually.