Filmmaker Gita Pullapilly Talks About Telling The Stories That Matter

Q: What movies are your inspirations?

A: "12 Angry Men" and "The Outsiders," "Serpico," "Donny Brasco," "Coming Home," "Ordinary People."

Q: Knowing everything you know now, what would you tell your 20-something self?

A: Everybody gets scared or panicked in their life because they think they can't get to where they want to, or reach their goals or dreams. I would tell myself, just don't worry. It will work out if you dedicate yourself to it. (But) it's a ton of work.

Q: What advice would you give to someone who has a dream and feels like they're struggling?

A: The only (barriers) we give ourselves are the ones when we say, "This is the box and I'm going to put myself in it." I always felt like I couldn't make a movie in Hollywood until I realized, "Why not?" But I do think the biggest mistake people make is they don't prepare. They just jump in and don't do their research. You have to jump in with a strong game plan.

Q: How much do you trust your intuition?

A: Probably about 75 percent or more. I heavily rely on that. My intuition is everything. My parents and I spent time with Mother Teresa in India, and she always said to trust your intuition. She said, "It's all in your heart. You'll know all the answers to life because it's all in your heart. But you have to be open to receiving it."

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