By Emily Tait”We are not only here to share with you a piece of life that happened to one of us,” writes the essay’s title, “but also to show you the film we made when we were young.”
The essay’s first line: “I think we’re all still young.”
And the second: “A lot of people think they can only do one thing, but when you get into it, there are lots of ways you can be different.
And that’s OK.”
It’s a sentiment echoed throughout the essay.
A short biography of the woman behind one of film’s most celebrated works, the essay is a poignant reminder of the film’s enduring appeal to the public.
It’s the kind of narrative insight that can only come from a person who’s grown up with this film.
And it’s the film that’s still resonating with fans today.
“You could talk to any kid who’s ever seen it and they would be like, ‘Oh my god, I’m in the movie!'” says the director and screenwriter of The Man Who Knew Infinity, who’s also the author of a memoir.
“That film’s not just an iconic film, it’s an iconic story.”
But that film isn’t just an enduring story.
It’s a story of the American dream, one of hope, hope, and hope again.
“I’ve had an amazing career,” the director says.
“But I think I’ve always felt that it’s not easy to be a filmmaker.
That you’re just a child and there’s nothing to do.
That’s what the film did for me.
That was the only way I could feel free.
And now, I think it’s changed the way I see life, too.”
In a time when more and more people feel like they’re stuck in the middle class, the American Dream remains a potent story for many filmmakers.
But it’s one that’s been overshadowed by the film industry’s constant churn.
As more and to more people, the dream is fading.
The American Dream is fading for some.
“It’s been a struggle for a long time, but it’s definitely going to be harder than people thought,” says the filmmaker.
“Because the film business is not really going to change that.”
For his part, the director isn’t interested in making films that appeal to all kinds of people.
He’s interested in getting into the business with people who are interested in what he’s doing.
The Man Who Known Infinity: My Life Inside the Films That Made Me Famous (The Walt Disney Company) will be released on DVD on October 15.