6 months into shooting The Bushwick Diaries, which you can now support on Kickstarter for another 8 days, I met Julianne Moore before her Oscar win for Still Alice. I met her at The Academy screening in NYC after watching her phenomenal performance in the film. She played a professor at Columbia University who declines steeply into early-onset Alzheimer’s and dementia. Losing all sense of herself and family in the process. I ended up sitting next to a woman whose mom also lost the battle to Alzheimer's. It was an emotional film and a beautiful performance and she was kind enough to speak with me after her screening about making my first film.
I was just nine years old when I first saw Julianne Moore in a film I probably should not have been watching called, The Hand That Rocks The Cradle. I’m sure you all remember that driving and greenhouse scene! That was wild, especially for that time. My other favorite Julianne Moore films (out of the ones I’ve seen) include Boogie Nights, The Hours, Nine Months, The Big Lebowski and Magnolia
After all those incredible films, it wasn’t until I heard her speak in person about being a New Yorker and having the ability to bring productions like Still Alice to the city, that I was royally amazed. Her Producer went on to explain that she has grown to be the one thing vital to the storytelling of most of her films. Wow. What a boss.
At that moment, I felt that I wanted to do for Bushwick what Julianne Moore continues to do for NYC. I wanted to bring films and productions to my community because films can have such a huge positive economic impact on an area. Still Alice had a budget of $5Million dollars to shoot and could have shot in Boston, which is where the book was set, but used that $5Million in NYC because Julianne Moore lives here and because of what she has accomplished in her career.
You can watch the small clip I recorded of the Q&A below and please don’t forget to help me bring a film to Bushwick by supporting The Bushwick Diaries on Kickstarter!
With 8 days left to the campaign, I truly appreciate any support that you can give.