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Wanted to give you a glimpse of the show.
And want and I see all your comments for gonna -- it does so Andrew I mean the goal of this and you get angle a glimpse into the lives of all of these people home.
And it just asking -- to write -- about I mean what returns due in the sense of like showing.
-- everyone else's life is like just giving people.
Yeah like here and give give the opportunity to a lot of young people.
Given the opportunity to really have a voice and and really showcase their life and on the national landscape and you know we look for subjects they wouldn't really necessarily want to be on TV or or writing into the on this show we really trying to find.
People that could be wrong authentic and again to show a slice of life that you don't.
Normally see on on television especially television that's oriented for young people.
-- I was really kind of the goal from.
-- I want we're gonna jump in and talk about the project but I also -- to give folks a little bit of your background as a filmmaker which started.
When you're in high school -- you start your -- film festival air high school.
Yeah you know on the thing is I was in high school -- make much short films and there's just no outlet to really show it you know there's college festivals and and an amateur festivals but nothing really for eighteen and under so we started this little tiny festival in my small public school you know upstate new York and by the second year we had like James Earl Jones speaking and it's grown into one of the bigger festivals in the country and let's not.
It's called -- -- -- personal photo and so we've had it for almost like nine years now or something which is crazy.
And so -- I was just you know great outlet that we still have for young people to get involved you know since.
Everyone have a -- now everyone can issue.
And you know YouTube is one place to have it for the film festivals and other cool place for young kids -- really critique their material and you know have an opportunity to showcase it and and and really can be happy and proud of what they're done.
Shaq and then that's what led -- -- aliens and through -- room 335.
And that was the documentary actually and moved into this assisted living facility you know what is your family and friends think when you were going to do that's.
Oh yeah I thought it was weird revenues we mean it was weird it is weird I guess I mean they they they looked in the eyes and -- a little bit strange but.
-- grandfather at the time who is in a nursing home.
And he was going you're really -- stage and -- and you know while that was happening I was in college would.
300 strangers and now all we -- is looking towards the future what's next and I couldn't help but think you know what would happen if I if I moved into a nursing home and -- within the confines of assisted living and that's just how that kind of idea came about when -- -- -- it to my college friends -- -- cameras off the day.
And just you know edited in our basement this ninety minute documentary.
And that -- -- with was it hard to get some wondered.
-- three young yeah yeah yeah -- -- -- -- conversation with the head of the facility into will restart we actually we started.
The top off with me calling all these places and then just saying.
That they believe that it wasn't a matter of -- and the cameras on them saying notes -- -- nineteen them so we could start a conversation with the every turn the conversation with.
Hey I'm nineteen.
I wanna move into nursing home and thirty facility said no just off of that and then eventually like you know another thirty phone calls later we found one.
This is living facility in the Mac retirement Florida.
And this place that you don't -- if you really wanna move then and then we explain why you wanted to abandon the whole premise of what we're trying to do and you know we having money so they understand their rooms for free really gave us there lunch and dinner for free are created as a -- -- advertisements.
-- there are no I don't think so because there's really risky you know you're giving -- full access they're letting us ask any questions that we wanted we can roam about freely so.
I never really asked why they left gave us permission it's sort of -- when you ask a hot girl out on a day she says yes you're not gonna be like.
Really sure you -- -- me here just like.
Coffee on Saturday I mean so that was that was what happened in terms of the -- elements but.
And and then outside activity ESPN documentary because.
You look I have a -- premier and you guys are really young doing -- thing you said it was me and my -- friends 21 years old telling ESPN the worldwide leader in sports there.
That this was a story that had to be told that it was their duty.
I think we loved every meeting I'm -- -- acting are eager to showcasing our passion so you're young you're making these very poignant film from.
I need to -- -- your age ever beat an issue.
Maybe for me sometimes I think -- I don't know I don't know others interpret it that way but.
-- always conscious of it you know walk into -- room I remember.
I've never -- this before but we've walk into that room.
And it was myself and Bobby Valentine to -- to ESPN the worldwide leader in sports you know this project and it was our last pitch Saturday given them a million pitches.
And we're walking -- And I see the the office and it's about ten executives from ESPN and they're all.
Older you know and they're all wearing suits and like it's like you're really serious true I -- over Bobby B I was like you know.
I look really young compared to everyone else here he's like don't worry about and finding out more soft touches on it but I told -- us like you know.
It may not hurt if you go in there and you just say.
No matter what you'll only do the film would -- win.
Because otherwise they're gonna like spy catcher like -- really well known director in this project and Bobby V bless his soul.
Just as the meeting was coming to an end because some guys but you know it controls are obviously guys before this meeting ends I get everyone to know.
That I will only do this movie would jacks and outside thank god because I was worried about that you never know people interpret ages.
You know real problem and so I'm always self conscious of it but it seems to have -- just fine -- -- no one's ever really.
Pointed out on me some young person.
And they really weren't kidding yourself because you'll learn is staying with people and -- evening people who are your age that are in these different situation.
Yeah that's the cool thing is like you know -- entry through five and -- moved into the nursing home.
We would have thousands of emails from senior citizens a different facilities.
And then -- you know get film festivals and he would come up to us and say how we.
We're really giving a voice of that generation and I kept thinking.
You know -- and you really cool to be the same thing but for my age bracket and from people in my generation and be able to represented them.
Any unique and and telling away and I think that that's what you know another thing that I'm kind of most proud of is that we're able to represented -- people my age.
-- -- And there's some question going analyze -- I'm gonna try to peak and it read as many as I can I -- I'm -- and that was writing who approached -- did it and TV ask you or was it the other way around.
MTV so we're 335 and they called me up and said.
-- any ideas and I was really hesitant because I don't wanna.
You know come across is like a reality show -- -- there's anything wrong without but I just you know I like to consider myself -- filmmaker and obviously.
Being on TV show doesn't -- You know that.
Ways but and she was so cool and have continued to be cool and how much is saying -- can be I just wouldn't say that weren't true and I think they know that and you know they have given us so much creative control let us do every one.
If there's -- there ever had a dispute we talk it over and it -- like I'm so proud of every every Burton passes of the shows.
And they -- -- me and even.
-- -- -- And done and I think and Rivera who is writing when did you first realize that he wanted to start the show.
So let's talk about the show and -- in the sense of -- it's not just a day in the life.
You're there use stay with these that's really how long is the shooting process and how you in death like you meet their family is and everything.
You know we try and let the -- the subjects kind of dictate how Long Will be there once you're really feel like we have.
You know narrative thread it's I can range I mean it's usually between six and nine days and we're fully immersed fully you know.
We're really there the whole time we're we're so you know sleeping at their home -- you know if -- must -- last night's episode it was almost -- so they're sitting on the streets with her and so you know we're really there filming point 47 during -- six to nine days and you really get to know what someone's life if if -- -- them for that long.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Yeah no -- it's it's -- it's almost weird it's like.
The first day though it is like awkward and they're looking around and there's like him an -- date to it still and then usually by.
-- notice by.
Relaxing and they realize that you know we're not here to -- -- you were like you know lake.
Find something out of value we're here really understand who you are in Patel you know everything about -- so.
To trust that you have to sort of gain and it usually takes I would say about.
Three days and you know one thing that I do you like when -- first -- people a lot of times -- slouch back in just sort of relax and talk about nothing and just sort of get them.
Get them and that swing at things and not make them feel so like -- got right now.
Can be careful what I say I'm on TV and on us.
-- and a few people are asking what your favorite ones bar.
And somebody said.
Were there any that you actually scared while you're filming.
Yeah I mean you're scared a lot of time.
But see when was -- not scared really I mean -- we did an animal rescue.
Episode where all around this girl who.
Would rescue horses that were being illegally slaughtered.
And Miami about fifteen minutes outside -- the airport and so we would infiltrate these slaughter farms in the middle of the night.
And -- there is -- you know people those farms and guns and watching over.
Everything and -- that's when you're literally putting your life alliance that was it that was scary and then he also I was homeless obviously you're sleeping at night on the street.
Robert can wake you up a copy -- you operate this week I mean anything happens.
That that was obviously another another scary one.
They range but there's always something that happens -- -- the frightened.
How did -- find -- subject.
-- did and he won't find them I mean how -- that we -- I have a list you know I you know I had a list of different worlds that I was really interested in and I have an incredible research team.
That goes out and just tries to find.
Characters that can be objective and articulate and really.
Bring us into that world -- -- be afraid of only showing certain parts you know we really look for.
People don't give us total access.
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