On Sunday, CREDO, A PILGRIM was a semi-finalist selection of Austin Arthouse Film Festival. Last Friday a different festival disqualified CREDO “Due to your film not going with the theme of this year's festival.” This venue #showcase #filmmakers of the #AfricanDiaspora. I understand that it would put a lot of people off to see a weird little man teaching spirituals to an even weirder little blue nun’s head. Ironically, CREDO is reflective of my own difficulty being accepted by other black people.
13 of my movies have been selected on the traditional #filmfestival circuit. I feel I have finally excelled on my own terms in mainstream venues. Growing up I was studious, obedient and ladylike. Any time I expressed my true feelings at home or in school, that expression was discouraged and suppressed. When I finally thawed out of my Stepfordgirlness, I was really angry and I wanted to force my ideas down Society’s throat. But then, I realized that #art truly is my path to self-mastery and intellectual freedom. My anger disappeared. And once I learned to #greenscreen, I really and truly had the power to force the viewer to see reality-according-to-moi.