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Meet the 2014 Tribeca Filmmakers #3: Garrett Bradley Explores Our Generation in 'Below Dreams'

Photo of Eric Eidelstein By Eric Eidelstein | Indiewire April 7, 2014 at 10:12AM

Although Garrett Bradley hasn't been around very long, she'll be making her feature debut at this years Tribeca Film Festival with "Below Dreams," a feature that shadows three different individuals in New Orleans as they try to fulfill their dreams. Speaking with Indiewire about her process, Bradley said, "A major part of being an artist for me is learning how to navigate as gracefully and honestly as possible that space between my vision and its execution."
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Garrett Bradley

Although Garrett Bradley hasn't been around very long, she'll be making her feature debut at this years Tribeca Film Festival with "Below Dreams," a feature that shadows three different individuals in New Orleans as they try to fulfill their dreams. Speaking with Indiewire about her process, Bradley said, "A major part of being an artist for me is learning how to navigate as gracefully and honestly as possible that space between my vision and its execution." 

Tell us about yourself? I'm interested in justice, in juxtaposition, in problem solving, in the beauty of human complexity and American history. My work seems to gravitate towards these big ideas in different ways: some big, some small.

Biggest challenge in completing this project? Filmmaking is hard but I can't say it's something we as filmmakers are necessarily avoiding. I think by nature, we're all fighters, working out some sort of personal cause or interest with each project. 

I was committed to wearing my heart on my sleeve, to giving myself to whomever was willing to watch the film and to perhaps more importantly, help contribute something new to the landscape I'm working in. I wanted to provide some fresh iconography of what my generation looks like outside of Manhattan or Los Angeles. I'm talking about like, the rest of the country. And then in addition to contributing new faces, I wanted to play with new ways of seeing a story, new visual aesthetics.


What do you have in the works? Quite a bit! 

Did you crowdfund? If so, via which platform? And if not, why? Yes, we raised about 15K on Kickstarter.

What films have inspired you? 1970s American Cinema is my jam. So many faces! Public spaces, personal stories...world meets art. I'm inspired in some way by a lot of what I see...so I think it's better to speak on the filmmakers here: Michelangelo Antonioni, John Cassavetes, John Shlesinger, William Greaves, Billy Woodberry, Sidney Lumet, Elia Kazan, Jean-Luc Godard and Agnes Varda.

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 2014 festival. Go HERE to read all the entries.

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