Sticking to Her Guns: Filmmaker Diane Paragas Talks the importance of staying true to your Vision
It took Diane Paragas 17 years to get her film The Yellow Rose on screen. On this episode of Moment 2 Moment, the Filipina filmmaker discusses all the trials and tribulations that come with getting an independent film made in the modern age and why getting it right was so important. A firm believer that releasing a bad film can be career ending, Diane discusses how she stuck to her guns when she had to, lied to an investor for the chance to get it right, and always knew that Jeff Bridges was destined to be a washed up country singer.
It may seem obvious that 17 years of rejection and fighting to produce a film would make any director abandon the idea altogether, but not Dianne Paragas. This acclaimed, determined Philipina director grew up in Texas and deeply identifies the struggle of growing up as a minority in a white dominated society. From an early age she was always captivated by movies and working in the film industry, however, she never saw a movie with a Philipino lead, and after realizing the lack of representation in cinema, she was never the same. It took her nearly two decades to produce but she finally accomplished her goal to create a movie with a Philipino lead and representation the community needed in her blockbuster hit Yellow Rose. In this inspirational episode of Moment 2 Moment Dianne Paragas delves into the grit and determination she possesses to create Yellow Rose, the drastic highs and lows of her life, and career development along the way.
Diane Paragas is a Filipino-American filmmaker from Texas. Her documentary Brooklyn Boheme, premiered on Showtime and won the Black Reel Outstanding TV Documentary Award. Her debut narrative feature, Yellow Rose, was released in 2020 to outstanding reviews, raking in awards and nominations from multiple film festivals including the Bentonville Film Festival, the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, and the world renowned Austin Film Festival.