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?
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?
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?
“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?
I accidentally discovered filmmaking through my love of storytelling. I’m a writer by training, and I’ve published poems, short stories, lesbian erotica, creative nonfiction, and essays, including intersectional feminist media critiques on @bitch.flicks. I’ve always been drawn, though, to film and visual media. I’m the Marketing Director at Southern US forest protection nonprofit @DogwoodAlliance, and… Read More @rodriguez545: Why did you decide to get into this industry?
Few things I can’t speak about YET, but it involves a TV series I’ve created called CIVILIZED that will tell the true history of America from the eyes of a Cherokee woman. IG: @A.samaroo Twitter: @Asamaroo613
Books and plays. I love to read.
Don’t stop. Don’t give up until you’re where you want to be. Don’t let sexism or ageism in this industry define you. Be yourself. That’s your greatest gift.