What’s the best part of your work? Finding those moments in a film where I can support or bring out some subtext of a story that might not be readily apparent. That is when I feel I am contributing in a way that helps the film become something more than the sum of its parts.
What challenges do you think you’ve faced in this industry? Like all freelancers, particularly in a creative field, juggling the work that you’re passionate about with the need to promote yourself and find work is difficult. Both are full-time jobs, and it’s important to maintain your integrity while doing each.
What advice would you give to a new female filmmaker? I know here in the Boston area there are valuable communities such as this one that help provide both logistical and personal support. From my own experience, I find that if you encounter people who appear to be unnecessarily putting up roadblocks, don’t waste too much effort on them. Be persistent and have faith that if you work hard and are doing what you are passionate about there will be people who will notice.
What goals do you have for 2017? To continue to build relationships and work with filmmakers and other creators. I’m also working on a long-form piece based on an Isaac Asimov short story that will combine dance and opera. It’s quite a journey, both creating it and the work itself!
Upcoming Events or Announcements? What are you working on? I’ll be premiering a new dance collaboration with Betsi Graves, director of Urbanity Dance (Best of Boston, 2015; Top Ten Critics’ Pick by The Boston Globe) on June 2nd as part of their show Observing. Some other great choreographers and musicians will be performing/presenting pieces as well. For tix: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/observing-annual-spring-revue-tickets-27762516434 I also scored a short film for the winner of last year’s Flicks4Chicks Best Director prize, Catharine Pilafas, that’s about to enter the festival hunt. It’s a WWII period piece called “Seagull” – http://www.seagullthefilm.com. Look for it at festivals this fall!
How can your fans find you!?
My website: http://robjaret.com