DIRECTOR MINA SHUM CHATS WITH VWIFF’S ALLISON EVAN
MS: I always wanted to tell stories. Ever since I was a little girl, I would copy people’s conversations on the bus, in my journal. I wanted people to plug into my brain, and see what I see and feel what I feel.
AE: What are the most exciting projects for you to work on and why?
MS: There are a couple of factors. One: putting myself in a situation I’ve never been in before. For me, the most important pieces of work are ones in which I can actually help people. If I can capture something so specific, and human… if I can do that, that’s the most exciting work.
AE: What is it you like better about short films than features?
MS: I think every story, every question every theme that I am interested in, has the perfect expression. Hip Hop Mom is a small idea, meant for people to see on the internet. The brilliance of a short, even though it’s as much work as doing a feature film, is that you can concentrate on the skills that you are honing. It’s tapping into what I’m feeling right now.
The validation of something like the Women in Film Festival accepting the film is: Oh! I’m on the right track. It’s kind of like snacking in between meals.