This year at Sundance the director Lee Daniels won both the Audience and Grand Jury awards with his film Push. This excerpt from his acceptance speech resonated with everyone in the office:
(from Entertainment Weekly)
“We don’t have no money. We got $2 to make some s— happen. We’re doing this story about this fat black girl who doesn’t have a voice. They’re all in it for the craft.” When asked to look at the bigger picture for his film — which still lacks distribution — he explained, “I think [this win] means there’s hope for people of color. Just because Obama’s president doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to translate down to our world of cinema. And I think what it does is reiterate and strengthen this power of, Get yourself a freakin’ video camera. And you go out and tell your truth. That’s what I started doing as a kid, and I think inevitably, it led to this. It’s just so much hope.”
By now it appears that the film has gotten distribution (go Oprah!), but it’s still inspiring.
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