I made NEW YORK LATELY about 8 years ago with the help of so many talented friends. People who donated their time and artistry to bring my vision to life. I set out to make something grand with a kaleidoscope of characters, influenced by films like SHORT CUTS and BOOGIE NIGHTS. When it came out, people mentioned that it reminded them of CRASH and LOVE ACTUALLY. I thought, "hey, not bad. I'll take it." After all, I didn't go to film school. This movie was my film school.
I cashed out my 401K (which wasn't that much) and mostly used credit cards to make this film. I used the money to rent gear, fly actors into town and feed everyone. No one was paid. To this day, I'm so thankful for the fact that they all were willing to join the project because they believed in me. That means so much and is extremely humbling.
When I see the film now, I notice all the things I could've done better. Choices I made then, that I wouldn't make today. But I also see some brilliant performances and the wonderful moments they created on screen. And I see friends that I still have to this day. And I think about all the friends I've made from screening it across the country. All that makes me proud.
I'm still shocked and grateful the film made some Top 10 lists in 2009 and I can't believe there is even a fan site for it. And now, I'm very thankful that 8 years later, the film is still out there. Being shared and talked about. It's not extinct and forgotten. For me, that's a dream come true. And ultimately, as an artist, having an audience is what inspires me to keep going.