The Light that Shines.
When Sue Bryce called and told me the story of Jill Brzezinski-conley and how she wanted to document a story in Paris. I said YES! and less then 2 weeks later I was in Paris with some amazing women doing an amazing project.
This is my first documentary. I am so proud and excited to share a story that has been close to my heart and mind for the last few months.
When I think of this process and the film I feel so grateful.
How did I get here? I am doing what I was born to do. I get to tell stories with film!! I feel especially honored to be the one to help tell this story. Sue Bryce knows so many film-makers and it is me she asked to capture this!
Sue Bryce. Firstly thank you so much for trusting me with this project. Thankyou for telling so many people about my work. Every time I think about this I feel overwhelmed with honor. That you would want to share a creativeLIVE with me makes me so insanely honored and humbled. I love the way we bounce off each other on these projects we do. Thank you for your generosity to me and my family. The way you embraced our way of life and included our kids – just makes me so very happy and at home. Your inclusiveness is inspiring and heartwarming. I admire you so much. Working for you produces some of my very best work because you trust me and yet expect lots.
Jill. I want to thank you for being so open and sharing your story. You are sooo beautiful and fun and full of bounce for life. You so very kindly trusted me to tell this story… You had no idea what I would make and you were so very open. Thank you! Also for UN-ending patience with me as I film and film again. Jill most of all you have made me re- think my negative thinking around things that are of little consequence. I feel so very grateful to have met you and to be the one to spend time getting to know you and your story. One of the most wonderful aspects of film-making to me is meeting and being around people I normally would never get the opportunity to be with. Also that I am then allowed to ask them anything I want!! 😉 Thank you – you are a light that shines. Poppy so loved seeing and being with you in LA and we hope to hug you again soon dear one!
Bart. YOU my friend are amazing. This film for me is a LOVE story. Your love is inspiring. Thank you for being such a great man. An inspiring beautiful man who even when things are so so hard you stand by your love and take on all that comes. Your big heart and beautiful care for Jill are just amazing. I am inspired by YOU. Thankyou also for your happiness to be in the film and help me get the best shots. I was delighted to be around you and Jill.
Nikki. Thank you for instigating all this! It is amazing how one little email could propel such a cool project. What a beautiful friend you are and also a lovely soul too. I so enjoyed all our chats and that you are so very committed to Jill. Thank you also for being so open in your interviews and filming.
I also want to thank Sally, Sarah, Marc and Tiffany and Jamie!! All who were so kind to me and helped make this film all that it could be!
Also dear Rowe who gave up her time to do sound on the Paris section of the shoot. YOU my dear friend are the most fun! You make me laugh more then anyone I know. Thank you for being amazing and lending time to this and for traveling with me and for your sweet friendship.
Digby The most enormous thankyou to YOU!! You have been a huge part of this film. Editing with you has been amazing. Thanks for your patience and heart and kindness. Thank you for exploring options and pushing past the blocks. Thank you for helping me see my work differently. Thank you for helping me trawling through the endless rushes from this very happy over-shooter. YOU are so gifted and so inspiring and so incredibly switched on. It is an honor to work with you.
Dear Universe/God/Power-bigger-then-me I need to say thank you I am so grateful to be here and to be doing what I love and feel born to do and I need to say thank you for taking me here. Thank you for all the hard stuff in between too because all of these things are helping to be all I can and each time I face my fears you meet me here. Thank you for helping me find what it is I LOVE to do thank you for inspiration and challenges and all that has got me to here.
I see you. I hear you. I am inspired and fired by you.
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