Miranda is screening Our Religion with YoungFilmmakers on April 12th at 6:30pm. She is a student filmmaker from San Diego.
1. What was the biggest lesson you learned on your shoot?
During the filming of "Our Religion," I gained a tremendous amount of wisdom and knowledge, not only about the content of my documentary but also about the filmmaking process itself. I entered this adventure a rookie filmmaker, and left with more skills than I could have imagined in a 12 week period. I learned how to use editing software, cameras, and work with my subjects to achieve the best interviews possible. Aside from the technicality of it all, I learned many important life lessons. Dealing with a subject such as religion, I realized how crucial it is to keep an open heart and open mind while learning about the perspectives and cultures of others. Along with this, I learned that many people are in turn open to teaching you about their lifestyles, and that asking questions is more than okay.
2. What was one of your greatest challenges while shooting?
One of the greatest challenges I experienced during the making of my film, "Our Religion," was how to portray the stories of multiple people effectively and honestly. Telling the stories of six different people from six completely different backgrounds was daunting at first, and I wasn't quite sure how I would go about portraying them equally and without bias. However, through the mentoring of my teachers and time spent with my interview subjects, I found just the right ways to balance all six in a way that is most appealing and fair.
Brandon Ruckdashel is the Festival Director for YoungFilmmakers. He has been the Program Director for NewFilmmakers for the last three years and Marketing Director for six. Brandon is a filmmaker who is most well known for his acting work in the HBO series Co-Ed Confidential and numerous B-Movies. Brandon has worked with Roger Corman alumni Fred Olen Ray and Jim Wynorski along with a number of other very talented directors. Brandon's Directorial debut GRINDER will be out in theaters in 2016.
YoungFilmmakers screens quarterly in New York at Anthology Film Archives. Opened in 1970 by Jonas Mekas, Jerome Hill, P. Adams Sitney, Peter Kubelka, and Stan Brakhage, Anthology in its original conception was a showcase for the Essential Cinema Repertory collection. An ambitious attempt to define the art of cinema by means of a selection of films which would screen continuously, the Essential Cinema collection was intended to encourage the study of the medium’s masterworks as works of art rather than disposable entertainment, making Anthology the first museum devoted to film as an art form. The project was never completed, but even in its unfinished state it represented an uncompromising critical overview of cinema’s history, and remains a crucial part of Anthology’s exhibition program.