My short film, Do Over, premiered August 18, 2023, at the Equinale Film Festival in Mecklenburg, Germany.

Movie poster with a woman and a girl standing in the foreground, in front of a red barn. An image of a white horse with the girl rise up behind the barn. The title Do Over is on top with the tagline, don't give up on what you want.
Do Over Movie poster, created by Drew Schwemer.

I never ever thought that I would become a filmmaker, let alone one whose movie screens at an international film festival.

There’s only one lesson to be learned from this, right?

“So don’t give up, okay? Don’t let
us forget what we want.”

Sometimes, things you didn’t even know you wanted turn out to be exactly what you needed.

What? How? Aren’t You a Writer?

Yeah, that’s kind of what I’ve been thinking too these past few days. From the moment I got the notification I’ve been just so over the moon happy that I sometimes have to tell myself that storytelling is storytelling, no matter the medium.

So Where Do You Go From Here?

Still a writer. Still a storyteller. In fact, I have a short story collection coming out early next year. What’s next is another film project for the upcoming Fall 2023 semester, an adaptation of Macbeth. This is going to be an ambitious project, and I’ll have more to share in December after filming.

More stories are welling up, as they do, and I’ve got two long works that need to get out into the world.

But I also have a feature-length screenplay that is a dream project so…

The point is, I’m still creating, still story-fying, still having fun being overwhelmed by learning to be a filmmaker.

What’s Next for Do Over?

Still waiting to hear from three more festivals. Fingers crossed that Do Over finds new audiences.

For more information about Do Over, my books, random photos that I take of cool stuff and not so cool stuff, follow me on Facebook or Instagram (@patricesarath6).


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