2015

Anne Hollowday

1) How did you get into directing?
I never set out to direct. Photography was one of my first passions and then people told me I was good at writing so I did that for a while before I landed at a production company producing documentary style branded content pieces. I got a tremendous amount of creative autonomy there from the beginning as it was a very small company and after a few years of doing everything from writing treatments, pitches, scripts to leading shoots and directing edits, I realized I was directing and that I’d found this thing I’m really into.

Erin Li

1) How did you get into directing?
Growing up, I had always wanted to be an artist, to create. There were many forks in the road where I could’ve chosen the arts, but instead took what I believed to be a more practical route. For instance, choosing a major in college. I decided on business administration, and minored in drama at Carnegie Mellon.

Perez Brothers

1) How did you get into directing?
We first became interested in directing when we saw the Citizen Kane (1941) of our generation, Batman (1989). Growing up, we wanted to be Batman. However, once we realized that our love for the character stemmed from Tim Burton’s gothic vision, we gave up our bat capes and decided to pursue filmmaking.

Alexander Engel

1) How did you get into directing? 
I’ve been crewing sets as a gaffer/key grip since graduating film school in ’06. Of course, the whole point of film school was that I wanted to be a writer/director, but being young, it’s so easy for one’s goals and one’s focus to misalign. 
 

Hughes William Thompson

1) How did you get into directing?
I started out as a youngster taking lots of acting lessons and improv classes but gradually made my way behind the camera. I loved being able to craft the world of a film — it was magical to capture stories and sequences that only previously existed in my head. I was addicted.

2) What is your most recent project?
My most recent project was a piece for the NYC non-profit Hudson Guild that explores the amazing work they’re doing to better the West Chelsea community.

Kamell Allaway

1) How did you get into directing? 
I lived in a fairly unsafe neighborhood until I was about 5. My parents didn’t let me play outside much so I had to be inventive with my time. I remember watching films like Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, and Batman on loop, running around in my Batman chest plate, creating my own scenes spawned from those films; ya know, just being a weird little kid. I like to think my directing career started there.
 
2) What is your most recent project? 

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