What are your own resolutions for the New Year? Or your personal hopes, dreams, and goals? We reached out to some members of the Independent Lens family — the directors behind some of our recent films — to ask them just that. Do they have 2020 visions? Read on to find inspiration in what they have planned.
“My new year’s resolution is to drink more champagne. It’s the only one I ever manage to keep…
“But I’m planning a big shoot this February in India and Thailand for my new documentary film Scrap. I’m actually here in Bangkok on a scout now. Scrap is an environmental art film about where things like planes, ships, etc. go to die. It will be shot internationally with all kinds of interesting characters. I’m very excited to be back in production again! So in the new year, I’ll have lots of adventures filming for Scrap and I’m also going to do some shooting for a film I have in development called tough old broads which is about female groundbreakers who are still doing amazing things into their old age. It’s my first archive doc and my first feminist film.
“My goals for this year are:
“Work on hiring more underrepresented voices in the film industry.
“Advocate for filmmakers to lead the industry.
“Build better filmmaker infrastructure around myself.
“Make films on incredibly human stories. Small scale and deep.” — David Byars, director of No Man’s Land
“My New Year’s resolution is to get my history chops in shape! Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World is now a school curriculum across North America and I got a D in my high school history class!”–Stevie Salas, guitarist, composer, and producer, Rumble (and advisor of contemporary music at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian)
“Our team at Capital K Pictures is so thrilled to be closing the year out on the heels of our broadcast premiere on Independent Lens. The feedback’s been great, and it’s given us a really strong calling card and proof of execution for our next project, which touches on some of the same themes, and also builds on the tense, almost thriller-like approach to nonfiction storytelling we brought to The Interpreters.
“The new work is based on the book We Want to Negotiate by Joel Simon, the Executive Director of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), and it’s an inside look at the world of kidnapping and ransom. If all goes well, our cameras will be rolling once again in early 2020 as we embark on this new undertaking. Every project’s an adventure, and we’re very excited to be teaming again with some of our most valued and trusted collaborators, while also getting the chance to work with new faces.”– Sofian Khan, co-director, The Interpreters
“I’ve come to realize that the simple act of creation is at times difficult for me so starting in 2020 I’m resolving to produce more content that I feel good about, whether it be one long-form project each year or several small ones each quarter. Next year will be all about doing.”–Sergio Rapu, director, Eating Up Easter
“My goal for 2020 is to stay to true to creating intimate, raw work, offering the kind of authentic experience we are all craving for while somehow also pushing the production value of my filmmaking forward. Iʻm also excited to release a new short film for Firelight Media and American Masters titled This Is the Way We Rise in 2020. The film, part of a new online series called Masters in the Making, features filmmakers of color telling the stories of artists of color on the upswing in their careers. Itʻs an incredible collection of films and makers, and I couldnʻt be more proud to be a part of it.” — Ciara Lacy, director, Out of State
Further Reading and Resolving
If you’re looking for more New Year’s inspiration or ideas for just getting through the holidays, we recommend our series of articles on anxiety relief.
What are your own resolutions for the new year? Share them with us below! Have a great New Year.