I debated on how honest I wanted to get in my video update. Was thinking to gloss over the fact that I hadn't posted in a year and chalk it up to life, but deep down I knew it was more than that. We always present our victories and sucesses on social media, but rarely do we expose our failures. And for a while, I felt like a failure. Coming off such a successful and viral Kickstarter campaign, I had expectations my film would put me and my career much further ahead than I'm at now. I dreamt of awards and being catapulted onto a bigger stage, but that didn't happen. We got into some cool festivals and I'm stilll ironing out distribution...and that's about it. And it took me a while to come to terms with that, and be okay with that. It took me a while to believe that I was not a failure, that I did my absolute best given the circumstances, and tried in every possible way to make the best film that I could. Looking back now, I would have made different creative choices, but that's exactly what I learned during our FB hiatus -- that I can't go back, I can only move forward...Looking forward, I would not be the artist and filmmaker I am today if I hadn't shot my first feature in Brazil, if I hadn't flown down to a foreign country on my own, put together an entirely Brazilian cast and crew with my team, learned a new language and loved every minute of it. It was the memory of a lifetime and no award or accolade can or should sour my experience. So thank you backers, thank you to my cast and crew, and to my beloved Rio, you guys will forever occupy a magical place in my heart. Beijos 🇧🇷
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