'Moonlight' changed me. To see people so moved by this movie inspires me to find something else to offer. And maybe the next one touches only five people or maybe just one person. To me, you know, that would still be worth it.
Sometimes, how you ingest this idea of masculinity as projected onto you by the world could be the difference of life and death.
As a writer, a blank page will humble the hell out of you. It always does, and it always will.
Art is inherently political. Even trying to make a film that has nothing to do with politics is, in and of itself, a political act.
To me, no matter who you're casting for what role, if something's authentic, usually you can mine something good there.
My first job was cutting grass. In Miami, this grass grows everywhere. You just get the lawn mower out, walk down the neighborhood, cut grass.
I think everybody can identify, you know, with this sort of struggle to decide for yourself who you are, you know, and what your place in life is.
As a filmmaker, I really want to utilize the tools to carry the voice - my voice, and the voice of the characters.
I didn't really want to be a filmmaker, growing up. Other than Spike Lee's movies, I would think, 'Where is a place for me?' We were so damn poor that it just seemed too far beyond.