Seven Questions with Ashley Anjalique

Ashley Anjalique is the writer, director and producer of Goodbye. A woman returns home to say a final goodbye and faces an unresolved love.

1. Who are your film influencers?

I don’t really have any film influencers that I follow. However, filmmakers that influence me, I’d have to say are Ava Duvernay, Gina Prince-Bythewood & Mara Brock Akil. I think they tell our narratives with dignity and beauty. Focusing on showing the humanity of Black people.

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

The toughest aspects of making a film today would definitely be remaining true to my vision despite industry politics.

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

The best advice was, “Don’t let anyone trick you into believing you can’t walk through the door as Yourself from the beginning.”

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

It’s a privilege and responsibility to be an additional black voice in the industry. I have the power to change narratives, highlight our beauty, creativity, educate and entertain all at the same time.

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

It’s a blessing! It gives myself and everyone involved in the project an opportunity to share our art with an audience that can relate and appreciate what we created.

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

I would say, “Don’t focus on what other people want to see. Create for you and your audience will come.”

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

Unfortunately, no.