Monday evening, I got an email from Lap, one of the folks who's helped me a lot with this film. He told me about the deaths of two young children here in North Carolina.
Later that evening, I saw it on the news. (WRAL: Two children drown in Neuse River) One of those children is the daughter of Vien, a man whom I interviewed for this film.
Vien, his wife, and his two girls have been so supportive while we've worked on this project over the years. They came to so many of the private screenings, patiently talking with me about how to make it a better film. They were so kind to bring food each time, too. While I didn't get to know the girls very well, I enjoyed every interaction I have had with them.
Their youngest daughter, Katherine, passed away on Monday. Earlier this week, Surry and I visited with Vien and his family to offer condolences.
I want to be considerate of these families who have suffered such tragic losses this week. I'm so sad. Please know that my heart is with you.