When I was growing up, my parents frequently took my brother and I to the Houston Museum of Natural Science. It was (and still is) a special place, and what I loved most about it were the programs they showed at the Wortham IMAX Theater.
Back then (i.e. 1990s), IMAX was all about science films. I remember Fires of Kuwait, Blue Planet, Cosmic Voyage, Ring of Fire—and before each film, there was an anthem video for the City of Houston, showing diverse blue-collar and white-collar workers around the city, images of downtown, and other landmarks. In the theater, it always felt like we, the audience, were doing something important together; somehow these momentous events unfolding onscreen were part of our daily lives, whether one was in grade school or working to put food on the table.
To this day, I still imagine filmmaking to be this way: creating pictures and sounds that have some sort of relevance in our everyday lives. Between 2006 and 2010, I lived in LA and worked in "the industry;" I gained first-hand experience on how difficult it is to accomplish this goal. However, I still want to do it and believe I will ultimately find a way—if not for any reason other than the fact that I will keep trying.