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NewFilmmakersLA Spotlight: Interview with Director Carey Williams of Cherry Waves

This week's Filmmaker Spotlight focuses on Director Carey Williams, whose film is showcased at Sunset Gower Studios as part of NewFilmmakers Los Angeles. Learn about his film, Cherry Waves as he discusses goals and reminisces about making the film, lessons he's learned and where you can catch him next. 

Name/Position: Carey Williams –Writer/Director
Film: Cherry Waves

Tell us a little bit about your project and how long you’ve been working on it.

The project is a narrative short film called Cherry Waves. We worked on the film for a year and half before finishing in June 2012. The film is the story of a young underground street fighter caught between continuing to fight to help financially provide for her handicapped mother or move on to a better life.

Is there anyone you'd like to thank for helping out with this film?

I'm extremely grateful to my mother for indirectly providing inspiration for this story and equally grateful to the Kickstarter contributors for believing in me and the project as well as some very good friends that came through - Michael Dallatorre, Brad Clements, Aleshka Ferrero, Nick Towle, Kevin Kearney, Robyn Schnieders and Erin Sumner.

How does it feel to have your film part of the NewFilmmakers Screening at Sunset Gower Studios?

It's really great, I played NewFilmmakers with another short a couple of years ago and it was a wonderful experience. Really great films and the crowd was insightful and I made some great and lasting connections with people.

What inspires you?

I'm inspired by music.

Who are your influences and who do you admire?

David Fincher. Spike Lee, Steve McQueen, and Vince Gilligan.

What lessons have you learned from the industry so far? 

Never give up. This industry is NOT fair. It's not nonsensical, but if you stick to your guns and never quit, you will make headway. Also, I've learned to let go of ego and treat people well and with respect. It makes a difference later.

If you could collaborate with anybody, who would it be?
Director – Fincher, even though I would be a nervous wreck. Music Artist – Bjork.

What is the toughest experience you've ever had to overcome?

It’s yet to come.

What is the best piece of advice someone has given to you?

Don’t beat yourself up for not being perfect. Admit and know that you are a human being and there is no perfect. And a producer once told me to learn how to edit because that way I would always have a job!

What advice would you give to new filmmakers starting out in the industry?

Follow your heart. Don’t listen to other people tell you how to make YOUR art. If you
have instincts to do something, do it.

Where can we expect to see you next?

Cherry Waves the short will be on HBO in February of 2013 and I am developing a
feature version of Cherry Waves.

Let our readers know where they can find more information about you and your projects.

Anything else you'd like to add?

If any writers happen to read this and are looking for a potential director for their
project and my sensibilities seem to fit yours, get in touch with me. Maybe we can create.

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About the Author

Formerly an editor at Demand Media, writer at Citysearch, The Examiner and proofreader at The Los Angeles Daily News, Christy Buena decided to start Disarray Magazine because she missed writing what she wanted. From hiring writers, to contacting publicists and making assignments, Christy is responsible for the editorial strategy of Disarray Magazine. Get to know the team of talented contributors.
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