This year was my first year working for Next Fest in Los Angeles. It wasn't all the great movies, celebrities, cool parties, meeting new people and working with awesome people that made this event special for me (even though it was all amazing) but it was Dee Rees' powerful and moving Vanguard award acceptance speech that filled my heart with joy and my eyes with tears. Dee spoke about her struggles and success in filmmaking and the recent Charlottesville attack in Virginia. Her voice was soft and sincere while her message was strong and heavy. It was a great reminder why I was there.
accepting the Vanguard Award at Next Fest 2017
Thank you again Sundance Institute for giving me another opportunity to be surrounded by great filmmakers, artists, storytellers and humanity.