Several films we’ve funded have received acceptance into film festivals and a record number have gone on to win awards. To start off with seven CAAM films were screened at our own festival: MOSQUE IN MORGANTOWN, A SONG FOR OURSELVES, FRUITFLY, AHEAD OF THE MAJORITY: THE PATSY MINK STORY, PROJECT KASHMIR and WHATEVER IT TAKES. Congratulations to all the filmmakers!
It’s hard to believe, but I can finally announce that WHATEVER IT TAKES has been completed! At times, I never thought my film would be done. There was always another scene to shoot, another rough cut to edit, another technical detail to manage. But through it all we persevered, and now we are ready to show our film to the world.
Last month, something happened which reminded me that I’m not just making a film. In documentary, we’re not just dealing with footage that we shot a few months ago; we’re dealing with individuals whose lives continue evolve. This is real life, and sometimes things change for the better, sometimes for the worse. In this case, it was definitely the latter…
Right before you start a documentary film, before you shoot a second of footage, what do you have? You might know who your main characters will be, but you have no idea of how they will “perform” on camera. You might know the history behind your project, but who knows how you’ll portray it. What we do have, of course, is a vision of what the film can be. This latter vision was the genesis for my documentary WHATEVER IT TAKES.
From directors Senain Kheshgi and Geeta V. Patel comes PROJECT KASHMIR, a feature documentary that explores war between countries and war within oneself by delving into the fraught lives of young people caught in the social/political conflict of one of the most beautiful, and most deadly, places on earth. Screening in NYC and LA in August.