It’s profound. It’s witty. It’s silly. It’s all of the above. The B Boys—Andrew Kerr, Brendon Avalos, and Britton Walker — are self-described jokesters, but they take their music pretty seriously.
I highlighted various tropes and stereotypes of femininity, domestic labor, beauty and female anger, ideas of remaining pleasant, whilst suffering in silence.
I’d like to make work on a more detailed and sensory level. I came to Joshua Tree to live more intentionally and be able to experience my life as it happens rather than trying to catch up. I want to connect–I want people that look at my work to feel something transformative.
The biggest challenge in making this documentary for the past two years has been figuring out how to gather the funds… I seemed to be stuck in a chicken-and-egg situation where I needed to show the film to receive funding, but I couldn’t make the film without funding.
We’re living in a New New York, and films set in this New New York have a gloss that I don’t think is what the origin of film in New York is about. I’m not into nostalgia, or even that into tradition, but I am into ethos.
This thing is very out, it’s very avant-garde, it’s very art house. We just did it. We were just doing what we wanted to do. It was free. It was totally creative.
This is the third or fourth iteration. You watch an old music video now and literally I’m the only person in it that’s still in the band. On a personal level it’s kind of strange, but people are listening to the music..
It took time to build up the confidence to take pictures of people. I started out timid, shooting from the hip and hiding the camera. I hated that feeling – and the shots were terrible. But after a couple of weeks of studying and practicing in the city, it got easier.
We believe Van’s story is extra poignant because she is an immigrant and came to the United States with the assumption that she would be working in a safe environment. Audiences are very inspired by Van’s journey, because she transforms from a nail salon worker to an advocate.