Kira is very generous with her time whether it is exposing new talent in her cast and crew or calling attention to social issues in the films she creates.
When I asked her about why she takes on these subjects here is what she told me.
"It's so hard for me to answer this question because I have so many things to say about this! But, simply put: I am drawn towards telling stories about things that make me uncomfortable. If I feel uncomfortable about a topic... then I must make a film about it!
These social issues become synonymous for taboo issues. I feel so passionately opposed to allowing this pattern to continue. So this is why when I feel uncomfortable. I know that I need to say something. If I don't, I am contributing to this culture of being quiet about things that make us uncomfortable. I think it is my duty as an artist to address topics that are 'hush hush.' In my work (just to name a few of the topics) I've dealt with depression, sexuality, warped body image, and now sexual assault and abusive relationships-- these are all topics that are hard to talk about. But we need to talk about these things! If one person lets down their guard and tells their story, who knows who will be listening and touched by the honesty. It can start a chain reaction of recreating this culture of taboo to a culture of free voices and open arms. I believe I, as well as every other human being, should feel comfortable expressing themselves, even if expressing themselves means talking about something scary or seemingly 'shameful.' That word 'shameful' should not be tied to those who are suffering or have been abused. No one should be embarrassed, guilty, or ashamed.
I guess that wasn't really simply put. But I'll try this once more: I often choose social issues because I need to address them. I just need to."
Filmmaking is her passion and she has modest budgets for the quality of films she delivers. If you're not already familiar with her skills please check out some of the links below and acquaint yourself with her work. There are many fine examples on Vimeo such as Bye Bye Lullaby
, and Fool's Paradise
Tree Hugger is fresh off it's worldwide film festival tour and is scheduled for an online premiere on Saturday. If you would like to see the film, then click on the link below which will take you to a Facebook invitation page where you can login to Facebook and select "Going" and you will be notified on Saturday when the online premiere begins with the link you will need to view it.
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