My First Film Festival Experience: NYIFF 2017

The last few weeks have been out of this world. I’m overjoyed with emotions and gratitude for everyone who has taken part in this creative journey with me and supported The Hideout when it was simply an idea. Before it was seen by a room full of people at the Village East Cinema last week as part of the 17th Annual New York Indian Film Festival. Before I had the courage to recognize I really could do it and that the only thing preventing me from taking a leap of faith without looking back was myself. And so I leapt. Faced my fears head on. I made a film that I love and am proud of…one that came to be with the generosity of friends, family, mentors and a production team that saw the entire project through with me.

The Hideout is a labor of love. It is personal. It is universal. It is an extension of the struggle many of us face on a regular basis: working to make ends meets while trying to keep our true ambitions afloat.

To say being officially selected to my first festival was an incredible experience is an understatement. It was one of those rare moments in life I had the privilege of sharing with my brother who has been there every step of the way (seeing my obsession, tears, sweat and all) and an opportunity to express how an idea, when backed by individuals, can come alive. It can dance and sing and make strangers smile because of what they see on screen. And most of all, it’s a testament to pursuing dreams.

Don’t let anyone ever tell you that you can’t do something, because you can. You have to want it with your whole heart and be ready to work relentlessly.

Rippin

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