Tiffany B. Brown

On the gaze

I focus as a director on the moment in front of me. I focus on this scene and making it the best it can be. I’m working with a community of artists—a cinematographer, art director, the editor, lighting crew and the actors. So in that moment, nothing else matters except let’s make this scene the best scene possible. You focus on the scene in front of you and don’t worry about the end or what people are going to say or think because you’ll never escape the “gaze,“ and you’ll never get to your true self.

That’s Dee Rees, director of the very excellent coming-of-age / coming-out movie, Pariah, in an interview with Ebony magazine.

It’s true of movie-making and true of life.

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