“There are less and less creative outlets [because] we mistake our creative impulses as our impulse to put ourselves on television, regardless of whether we have anything to say to try to promote ourselves or make some kind of show about ourselves.”
“I feel very, very strongly that this movie is really about what’s going on in our culture right now as far as social media – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr. All of these modes of promoting ourselves, communication through self-promotion, reality TV… I mean, there’s a reality TV show that my 10-year-old daughter watches and the woman who is the lead of the show just last season had what looked to be an emotional breakdown on the air. And no one knew! Everyone is sort of oblivious, like ‘What’s she doing? Why isn’t she showing up for our kids?’ It was a show called Dance Moms. I watched this woman and she’s having a mental breakdown and no one is aware of it.
So, I feel like it was a parallel to our movie in a lot of ways. What Eliot wrote is very timely and very much an expose of our self-obsessed, media culture and the kind of direction it’s going in.
It also has a little more dimension than that… There’s a piece of Alice in there that that is creative and artistic, someone who wants to express herself. In a way, we’re giving ourselves as a culture the benefit of the doubt. There are less and less creative outlets [because] we mistake our creative impulses as our impulse to put ourselves on television, regardless of whether we have anything to say to try to promote ourselves or make some kind of show about ourselves.
We met people when we did screenings who have borderline personality disorder and several said they have their own webcast, they have their own podcast, they have their own variety show… it’s amazing!”
” Totally. And I think there are more outlets and I think in a way, that’s good. I think we see Alice realizing her creative side and the end of the movie connects with that. I won’t give it away, but also the end of the movie connects back with her endless need to continue to televise herself. Some of us live our lives on Facebook these days … It’s pretty absurd what things you find on Facebook. … We’re all in our own world, trying to get seen.”
On sexism in film business
I don’t know, yet. My first film was very low budget and in the world of low budget film festival films… the male-to-female director ratio is pretty much 50/50 to my understanding. The higher the budget, the less female directors there are.
The statistics speak for themselves and I think a lot of it is connected with the fact that… studios are fixated on their young male audience and in stories that are about young men and a lot of action-adventure. Whether it’s fantasy adventure or some type of violence involved, There is this kind of feeling that [these movies] are for men first, so they think that means by men as well. So… the statistics speak for themselves.
Personally, I come from a theater background and I haven’t felt a real sense of discrimination in the theater. Starting out in film… I feel like I have to prove myself like anyone else. I’m excited to be able to perhaps be paving the way as a female director. But yeah, it’s a good question. I can’t really speculate, but if I were to go up for a job directing a feature tomorrow, I think I would probably have the fact that I am a woman working against me and the fact that I’ve directed two features and have less experience than probably many of the people that they would hire. So, it would be hard to say which one would work against me more!
I think that we all have to continue to do our work and do the work that we love and that’s probably when we’ll do our best work. Hopefully, [we can] bring a consciousness to Hollywood and try to nurture more stories and more movies that would invite more female directors… But, whether or not the stories change, definitely there are women capable of filming any of the films that are directed by men out there. It would be nice for there to be a real sea change for that to happen.”