@ShirleyVernae: What is a successful moment in your career so far?

The most successful moment I’ve had is being able to lead (5) teams in (4) different cities over the course of 2 months for an Adidas campaign I was producing and directing. Majority of the crew were women and I was able to hire a lot of people of color. Not only did we have… Read More @ShirleyVernae: What is a successful moment in your career so far?

@rodriguez545: What are you working on next? In addition, if people want to find out more about you, where can they find you on social media?

Twitter: @rodriguez545 Instagram: @rodriguez545 Website: storieshappeninforests.com Website: dogwoodalliance.org I’m going to continue to promote and submit “Stories Happen in Forests” to film festivals. After that, I’m excited to plan for the public release of the film and, hopefully by then, in-person screenings of it. In the meantime, my colleague @ezucchino and I are working on… Read More @rodriguez545: What are you working on next? In addition, if people want to find out more about you, where can they find you on social media?

@rodriguez545: What, if anything, do you collect?

As a young queer woman, I was particularly drawn to female action figures, probably for their power and powerful sexuality. So I still have an exquisitely nerdy action figure collection from my tween and teen years. I also have a serious book problem. My wife built me copious floor to ceiling bookshelves, and no matter… Read More @rodriguez545: What, if anything, do you collect?

@rodriguez545: What advice do you have for other women in the industry?

Work with other women. Hire other women. As a marginalized identity in the filmmaking industry, we must support and uplift each other. As a queer Latinx woman, I also keenly feel a responsibility to expand the narrative scope and widen the field by using whatever power and privilege I have to work with, hire, cast,… Read More @rodriguez545: What advice do you have for other women in the industry?

@rodriguez545: What is a successful moment in your career so far?

Honestly, as a first-time filmmaker, who was part of a two woman crew with a shoestring budget, I wasn’t confident that my documentary “Stories Happen in Forests” would be well received, but so far it’s been accepted at 5 film festivals and counting. It’s an important reminder that story is everything. People are hungry for genuine,… Read More @rodriguez545: What is a successful moment in your career so far?

@rodriguez545: What is your biggest concern with the future?

That the change we so desperately need as a species won’t come fast enough. Our house is essentially on fire, and many of the people inside it are on fire. Too many people, though, don’t see the flames. From the perils of climate change to the related systems of racism, wealth inequality, and gender and… Read More @rodriguez545: What is your biggest concern with the future?

@rodriguez545: What’s a defining moment in your life?

“Bootcamp for the revolution” was the tagline for @AntiochCollege where I was an undergrad, so you could say I’ve always had the heart of a rebel. But our school motto was “Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity”, and that has really been the organizing principle of my life, my… Read More @rodriguez545: What’s a defining moment in your life?