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“We Were Going to Climb on Top of a 300-Foot, High Voltage Pylon”: The Summer of Sangaile | Director Alanté Kavaïté

What fear — whether it’s personal, or one related to the development, financing, production or distribution of your film — did you have to confront and conquer in the making of your movie?

I was waiting with apprehension for the day we were going to climb on top of a 300-foot, high voltage pylon. With the actress, the DP and a stunt specialist, I did not feel very brave when we were approaching the top. From there, I was watching some painters working on a much higher power plant chimney and I thought that I was not tailored for that. But once on the top, I had such a powerful feeling; I understood in my flesh what it really means to overcome your fear, as I wrote in my script. It takes some hard work to beat your own fears, but then I became sure that everything was possible.

[PREMIERE SCREENING: Thursday January 22 at 5:30 pm — The Marc]

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