Seven Questions with Asha Flowers

Asha Flowers is the writer and director of both ‘Til Death and Looking for Me. In ‘Til Death, a man learns he will forever be haunted by the unforgiving ghost of his dead wife. Looking for Me is about the misadventures of a life coach whose life is in the garbage, yet again

1. Who are your film influencers?

My film influencers are Anthony Mandler, Spike Lee, Paul Thomas Anderson, and the late great John Singleton.

2. What are the toughest aspects of making a film today?

I think it depends on who you ask. For me, money used to be the toughest challenge. But these days, you can get great quality work done on smaller budgets. Now, I feel like the toughest part for me is learning to roll with the punches. Production life is made up of curveballs, so learning to pivot and be flexible is so paramount, and it’s something I have been working on.

3. Best advice you’ve received as a filmmaker?

The best advice I have received as a filmmaker came from a book, and the advice is to learn how to talk to your crew and actors. Good communication can make the difference when it comes to any type of group or team-oriented work.

4. What does it mean to you to be a Black filmmaker or to create films with black stories or characters.

It used to feel like being a Black filmmaker, in an industry so white, meant that I’d have to learn how to get in where I fit in. Now I know that it means I am bringing a wealth of knowledge, culture, artistry, and style to the table that my counterparts do not have.

5. What does it mean to you that your film is on Aspire TV and other platforms?

It means a lot to me to have my films on any platform to begin with, but it means so much more to have them on a Black platform where my people are sure to see it. I write and make films about Black characters and our never-ending variety of experience that is so often ignored or oversimplified by Hollywood. So to have these quirky weird stories I love to tell actually play on this platform is freaking awesome.

6. Advice you would give the next gen following you?

Pick up a camera now. Or a pen, or whatever tool depending on what it is you do. If you wanna be it, but you don’t do it, you’re all talk. On second thought, the best piece of advice given to me was given to me by my manager, and the advice was “it’s the work”. Do the work. That creates a path forward.

7. Are there any inspirational films, articles or books that you would recommend to go deeper into the topics and themes in your film?

The television show, Iyanla Fix my Life.

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