Tell us about yourself: I'm originally from California but have lived in New York and
Europe. I have been making films since 1995. I live in Venice, CA with
my husband and son.
What else do you want audiences to know about your film: I love the interview process and -- for good or bad --really kind of figure out the film as I am making it.
It was overwhelming to go through all the archive but my editor's favorite phrase was "Baby Steps." Somehow this always comforted me.
The film was made with a lot of love and care by a small group of people I am forever grateful to.
What was your biggest challenge in developing this project: It is always hard in documentaries to get people to talk. It usually takes a period of courting. (I've courted potential interviewees for years) We did the film quite quickly so we didn't have a lot of time to wait.
Having said that, there were great people we interviewed who didn't make the cut (Willie Nelson, Arthur Hiller, Penelope Spheeris, who used to be Richard's assistant and editor on an early film he made) Although their stories were amazing, they didn't fit into the story we ended up telling.
What would you like Tribeca audiences to come away with after seeing your film: I want audiences to be inspired by Richard and not only his genius, but his extraordinary commitment to telling the truth.
Did any specific films inspire you: From Richard's films:
"Jo Jo Dancer" inspired me because of what Richard was trying to do -- examine his life by filming it. "Richard Pryor Live in Concert" -- his energy is just astounding and you never tire of watching him. Seeing "Silver Streak" again and seeing how it holds up so well.
What do you have in the works: I have a few projects in development. I am also making a fiction film about Norman Mailer.
Indiewire invited Tribeca Film Festival directors to tell us about their films, including what inspired them, the challenges they faced and what they're doing next. We'll be publishing their responses leading up to the 2013 festival.