Driven: "Bad Ass Women, Doing Bad Ass Things"
It is not often that women are celebrated for being career driven. It is even less likely that career driven women are celebrated for being in unconventional industries like the arts. Ok and let’s take it one step further. Career driven women in the arts, of all different ages and stages of life, being celebrated by the most unexpected source: a group of young male filmmakers. It sounds pretty unbelievable right? Well, it may sound like an unlikely scenario but it is completely true.
On Wednesday night I had the pleasure of attending the premier of an independent short documentary produced by Jaret Martino and Mara Santino of Luber Roklin Entertainment, titled “Driven.” I was quite intrigued by the project ever since my friend, actress and Dancer Kristelle Monterrosa said of the film, “It’s about bad ass women doing bad ass things.” She had just finished shooting a scene where she had danced Flamenco on top of a train in the middle of Downtown LA. So yeah, I was definitely intrigued.
On my very good days, the ones where I wake up with vigor and attack the world until it is putty in my hands, I feel like a bad ass woman doing bad ass things. After all, I too am a career driven women in a very unconventional field. This theme of being driven, resonated with me because I know first hand how difficult it is to pursue what most would consider an unlikely goal, and how much discipline and perseverance it requires to keep at it every single day.
I also know first hand what it is to be considered “older” by your industry’s standards, so it was refreshing to see that some of the featured stories in the documentary were of “older” women. (I put older in quotes because age, like beauty is so subjective.) Dreya Weber, Actor, Performer and Aerial Choreographer, was especially inspiring, mentioning that as an artist who pursues many disciplines, she did not start making money until she was forty. Her interview revealed a vibrant woman of a certain age that spoke of her career path with a calm confidence I aspire to.
Was the film perfectly executed and polished? No. Within the confines of a short documentary, the story felt more like an introduction rather than a finished product. The concept lends itself to a much longer piece, one that in my opinion needs to be told. I see this documentary following in the footsteps of “Miss Representation,” by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, and other similar films that are striving to change the image of women in a misled media saturated society.
By: W. Castellanos-Wolf