Jia: It's critical to adapt, in any situation. With COVID halting production, I was able to focus on editing the footage we had already shot, which was about 80% of the film, so I had a lot to work with. And with all the extra time at home during quarantine, I was able to get a lot of the editing complete – something that would've taken a lot longer had I been going about my day-to-day life. There is a positive side to most situations, it's important to see those positives and not let disruptions get the best of you.
Doctors, nurses, and all essential workers have been the most inspiring during these tough times we are all in. I can't even imagine the bravery it takes to go into work everyday not knowing if you'll contract an extremely contagious, dangerous virus. These people are the most inspiring, I've never seen anything like it in my lifetime.
Jia: My biggest issue and main goal right now is to get the word out there about the film and get as many people to watch it as possible. Since all the theatrical screenings were cancelled, the film was released on Amazon Prime – so it's up to me to drive traffic to the film without the marketing/events that would have taken place during normal times. It's challenging, but we will get there slowly.
My film got into 10 film festivals worldwide, and this month it's nominated for three awards at the Georgia Documentary Film Festival: Best Cinematography, Best Picture, and Best Documentary Film!
Jia: I've been very careful with my time, and only spend time with people who are positive, authentic, and show mutual respect. I think that is very important for self-care.
Favorite Book: The Sixteenth Round by Rubin Carter, Favorite Show: I can watch Friends re-runs anytime.
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