I'm excited to share a glimpse into my recent adventure at the Arizona Women's Film Festival, where my film "Rhythm to the Pocket" had the honor of being part of the official selection.
The day kicked off straight from a commercial shoot, and before I knew it, I found myself on a 5-hour drive to Flagstaff, eagerly anticipating the unique stories awaiting at the festival. The Arizona Women's Film Festival, with its commitment to portraying diverse experiences through an intersectional lens, provided the perfect platform for "Rhythm to the Pocket."
My film, a humble 7-minute documentary, unfolds the inspiring journey of Sabina Sandoval—a Native-American drummer whose 35-year career came to an abrupt halt due to a back injury. Unable to play, Sabina discovered solace and a new rhythm in hand drumming. The film captures her creation of the non-profit program "Free to Be Me Kool Kid Drummers," where she, along with a team of volunteers, uses the power of drumming to inspire self-discovery and healing in prisons, convalescent homes, and schools.
Being part of the Arizona Women's Film Festival was a humbling experience. It's heartening to see platforms that celebrate narratives like Sabina's, stories that might not always find their way to mainstream attention.
The festival's commitment to inclusivity and respect creates a space where diverse voices can be heard and appreciated. I laughed, cried, and had a chance to watch some really beautiful films as well!
Stories don't have to be grandiose to be impactful. Sometimes, it's the quieter, more humble tales that leave a lasting imprint on our hearts.