We finally streamed Suburban Summer, a short film I wrote, directed, and produced as a bit of an exercise immediately after my freshman year at NYU. It was a two-day shoot around my hometown and we pulled all the stops -- riding a tandem bike where I'm driving and peddling and my AD/DP is shooting on the back seat, shooting a short stunt fight, and even borrowing equipment from a local channel.
When I finished editing it, I felt weird about it -- it's purposefully cringey by the matter of the main character's social awkwardness regarding relationships and asking someone out. Ultimately, I buried the film.
But as a promise to the actors and crew involved, I needed to show them, and so I invited them and everyone they might know into live streaming it and I just let myself have fun with it. Ultimately, no harm no foul.
I enjoyed it. And I learned I really should be less concerned about films I make because I'm still developing myself and my career. I'm happy to learn and I can always do better.
Thank you to everyone who watched it and even enjoyed it. Thanks for helping me realize that filmmaking is bigger than me.