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been focusing a lot on how much this movie has meant to me personally.
Today, I want to switch gears and talk about how important partnerships
have been in putting together Outside the Box.
The fact is that, though this movie is about my effort to face my identity and get my family to do so as well, I could never have gotten it done without a host of supporters and helpers. And that’s true of any significant film project-- unless you’re going around shooting little snippets of video on a Flip camera and editing them together yourself, you can’t make a movie without help. Film is a collaborative medium.
Outside the Box has been a pretty small production, if you measure it in terms of Hollywood pictures or even the work of documentary filmmakers like Ken Burns. Still, when we went to shoot, we almost always took a team of at least three people. I couldn’t hold the camera myself, after all, and you also need someone to hold the boom to record sound. And it’s not just crew: where would I have been without my producers or my co-director, who’ve been instrumental in shaping the story, raising money, and making contacts? I’ve talked in the past about how I have a certain vision of my story that it’s been sometimes hard to put aside. Without the network of people who’ve helped me put together Outside the Box, I never would have been able to see past my own interpretation.
The fact is that, though OTB is my story, it’s not entirely my project -- it belongs just as much to my editor, my producers, my advisors, even the interns who came into help for a few weeks at a time along the way. Without their help and their work, I’d still be sitting in my apartment in Brooklyn imagining how my story could make a good documentary. People talk about film as a ‘director’s medium’ all the time, but a director is only as good as her story and her team. I think our story is an important one -- and, thankfully, our team has been great as well.