Hot Docs 2023: Qs à la mode with… Jason Goldman (Rowdy Girl)

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In Rowdy Girl, director Jason Goldman profiles beef-rancher-turned-vegan Renee King-Sonnen, whose animal-welfare advocacy is helping farmers across the U.S. pivot from animal-based to plant-based agriculture. We posed our Qs à la mode to Jason, and here’s what he shared!

If I had to describe my film using only three adjectives, they would be: Meditative, reflective, enlightening.

I decided to make this film because: I wanted to provide an opportunity for people to look at their daily choices and help them realize that what we eat might simply be meal to us, but is an entire life to someone else.

The thing that surprised me most about my film’s subject/topic was: That farmers and animal-rights activists have a lot more in common than they might realize.

My favorite moment/scene/sequence in my film is: I love how editor Pilar Rico worked with me to create a tempered entry into the film, geared towards drawing an audience into the main subject’s world through images, sound, and pacing.

The most challenging part of making my film was: Knowing that I’d have to stop shooting at some point.

My most invaluable piece of doc-making gear was/is: Creamy vintage lenses.

One piece of documentary-filmmaking advice I’d like to share with aspiring documentarians is: Love your subjects and be patient with them.

Want to check out Jason’s film, or just learn more about it?
Get the scoop, and your tickets, here!


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