These past few years have taught me so much. As I sit here reflecting on all that has happened and all that is presently taking shape for Abandoned Allies, I am overwhelmed by how incredibly lucky I am.
Here's what's running through my mind (in no particular order):
- This is my first film, and it's a pretty damn good one.
- I've learned a lot while making it, so the next films I make will be even better.
- The final run time is about 60 minutes--longer than we originally planned because so many people got interested in what we were doing.
- I interviewed seriously impressive people: community leaders, anthropologists, published authors, Vietnam veterans, Green Berets, the first recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor during the Vietnam War, and one of the nation's leading sniper experts.
- I've gotten to spend time learning about another culture, their language, and their values. They've allowed me to eat dinner at their house, meet their families, weep over injustices, and talk about the important things in life.
- My dream of making a film has finally come true.
- The stress of making this film has shown me that hardship makes you stronger, smarter, and more humble. It also helps you value the great relationships in your life.
- I've worked with really talented, kind people who have generously offered their time and expertise to help make Abandoned Allies even better. And many of us have become friends as a result.
- Now the fun begins: finally sharing the film.
Yep. I'm one seriously lucky woman.