Why I Quit Filmmaking For 6 Years And How I Got It Back by Dui Jarrod

Film Courage: After you made your first feature film, you stopped making movies?

Dui Jarrod, Writer/Director: Yes, I did. I said I would never make another feature film again. I just was done, I couldn’t do it. Because I didn’t know what or why this one filmmaker can make a film that wasn’t the best film ever made and continue to make progress and then I can make a film and nobody care? I didn’t understand that. But I also at the time didn’t understand the business. The business of visibility, the business of associations, of knowing people. I didn’t have any of that. I was just this one young man creating these films in my own lab and with not that many resources to get a lot into the world. So I had a very small approach and I just knew that this is too hard, I’m not going to do it. So I just decided to become a playwright in New York as opposed to keep making a film.

Film Courage: You still wanted to be creative?

Dui: I wanted to create but I wanted to do it in a place that was a little more safe. A place where I could have regular things like…afford a cup of coffee. I wanted to be able to have my own apartment and be happy and have clothes and shoes that didn’t have holes in them. So I was like it’s not going to happen for me in the feature film world.

Film Courage: How long did you need away from all of that before you before you said Okay, I’m ready to dip my toe back in?

Dui: About six years…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).

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