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Mixed Feelings

Updated: May 18, 2020

Sometimes you feel like you’ve been roasted and salted and squeezed into the can with the other nuts.

Whenever you film a non-fiction story, you hit speed bumps that jostle the production. These potholes jar you. They surprise you. They challenge you. They make you wonder if the story fits within your own framework.

In Airway the concept of surgery has created an emotional and intellectual cavity that demands a filling. Well, for me it does.

A major procedure for Sydney seems so radical.

There's no guarantee it will solve Sydney's issues. Yes, I realize that there are plenty of people who have had jaw surgery and ended up fine. But will it fix really Sydney’s problems? This is the loop that keeps playing over and over. Doe she have to go through major surgery? t will upset her entire world (hello, eating through a straw for weeks?) and months of tedious prep and recovery. Hey, is this really the way to go?

The answers, whatever they turn out to be, is for Sydney to discover. The people behind the cameras need to stay relaxed and open. If we are reckless, our reactions and opinions can influence the film. Tread lightly.