|Me & Carmen the morning we set off for our 8 week adventure - Dear America|
If you could describe your generation in one word what would it be?
If you could say one thing to America, what would you say?
How do you want to be remembered?
It has been almost ten years since we shot that documentary - a documentary that I subsequently worked on for three years on two different coasts with two extremely talented editors, a number of gracious test viewers, Carmen, and the producer of the film who I had been dating before the shoot, throughout the shoot, and after. As my relationship with the producer ended, I decided the documentary needed to end, too. We wrapped it up, submitted it to festivals and ended up in Philadelphia at the International Independent Film Festival in 2008.
Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to re-interview some of the same people on the ten year anniversary and see how their views have changed or how their convictions have shaped the past decade. I wonder about some of these people who I spent hundreds of hours listening to, splicing their images together, and trying to construct a story of their words which at best came out more like a portrait of my generation. My generation which I keep hearing being referred to as "The Millennials." In 2005, no one was calling this generation Millennials. In fact, most of the people we interviewed were calling this generation "lazy" and "apathetic."
I still wonder what we really are. For anyone reading, I would so love to hear your answers to these questions now, whether I interviewed you or not. What are your answers to these questions? Have they changed in the past ten years? How do you want to be remembered now?