1) Why did you decide to get into this industry?
I have always loved telling stories and connecting to people. I grew up in a household of artists and found that creating stories was and still is my favorite form of expression. At 13 years old I used my Bat Mitzvah money to buy my first digital Hi8 camcorder and have been making short films ever since.
2) What’s a defining moment in your life?
Moving to NY in 2006 to go to NYU Tisch School of the Arts to study film and television production was one of the best decisions I ever made. As soon as I arrived, I was surrounded by like minded filmmakers and inspired by each corner I turned. My four years at NYU allowed me to experiment and discover what type of filmmaker I wanted to be. Living in New York City only augmented my experience. If I hadn’t made the choice to move across the country, I don’t think I would have taken the risks to develop into the filmmaker I am today.
3) What is your biggest concern with the future?
In an age of non-stop communication, I worry about losing the strength of the individual artistic voice. How do we listen and find each other when there is so much noise? I am hopeful that the recent rise of collective action will inspire all artists to look outward, listen intently, and find one another. Stories have the power to change people and minds and we must continue using our strength as artists to connect to others.
4) What is a successful moment in your career so far?
I count each finished project as a successful moment in my career because whenever I finish a script, get the film in the can, make the last cut, or finalize the sound and color, I know I am one step closer to reaching people with my stories.
5) What advice do you have for other women in the industry?
Keep at it! We’ve come a long way and have a long way to go. It is important to never be discouraged and to believe in yourself and your work. If you have a story to tell, tell it. Make no excuses and never apologize.
6) What, if anything, do you collect?
I collect a lot of hard drives — not on purpose! Love digital cinema, but man those files take up space.
7) What are you working on next? In addition, if people want to find out more about you, where can they find you on social media?
You can visit my website raquelcedar.com or vimeo.com/raquelcedar to view my films, hear the latest news, and watch trailers for my upcoming projects.
I am on twitter @raq_cedarfilms and instagram @raquelcedarfilms.
I am currently working on my feature length screenplay entitled, “Her Island”, a thriller about Roxanne, a Long Island housewife, who unwittingly gets involved in a murder.
I am also working on a short film series, “Who Knows?” about the history of my family, nose jobs, and the shape of our noses, as well as a whimsical music video starring Andrea Goldman.
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