Can you tell us a little about your background and upbringing?
I was born and raised on the south side of Chicago, raised mostly by a group of wonderful and brilliant women including my mother and my grandmother.
What inspired you to become a filmmaker?
I had a strong feeling, a strong desire to see stories about people like me, who reflect my complex circumstance of life and confluence. I did not see myself in any films or television at the time. I saw a simplistic sketch of me, but I did not see me.
Who or what do you most admire?
I admire extraordinary iconoclastic creators of all stripes, from Fannie Lou Hamer to Melvin Van Peeples to Jean Michel Basquiat.
What do you love about the Twin Cities?
I love that we are big enough to aspire, but small enough to touch one another. There is an opportunity for real connection here that can make a difference. Right now, it is somewhat unrealized. However, I think the energy in the Twin Cities is moving toward something special.
What do you fear most for the Twin Cities?
I fear that the people of the Twin Cities will acquiesce to their comfy politeness and not fully commit to facing the challenges of a true multi-cultural world. Issues like race, class and poverty are hard to address in the TC. Mostly because the cognitive dissonance that exists between the collective huge heart and the status quo disparities in the cities.