Case for Optimism #1: Caitlin FitzGerald
January 16, 2018
My female friends. They are a network, and a safety net, that stretches from coast to coast—and across continents. They are my coven, my sisters-in-arms, my creative collaborators, my biggest laughter, my most expansive love, and my chosen family. The day after the election, in a steady flow, I received one phone call after another from these women in my life. Each call began with us asking the other, "How are you?” in a tone usually reserved for funerals. Indeed, it felt like the choice America had made would prove to be a tragedy that needed mourning. And it was. And together we mourned it, and together we looked forward to how we could fight back and rise up. I don't know if men can fully appreciate the feeling women (well, those who voted for Hillary, anyway) had when she, the most qualified person ever to run for president, lost to this (among his other horrific qualities) nightmarish embodiment of a toxic patriarchy that we, as women, have been up against, to greater and lesser degrees, our whole lives. Discussing the election on a trip to London recently, a Brit said to me, "And I thought on that day, 'My God, that's how much America hates its women.'" Yes. That's precisely how it felt when Donald Trump was elected. And without this courageous, loud, fierce and fiercely loving cadre of women in my life, I think it would have been enough to sink me for a long, long time.
Caitlin FitzGerald: What is the space you want to make for your artistry?
July 28, 2015
Like the Water was born out of many bottles of wine, naive enthusiasm, and a group of lady friends large enough that if one person faltered and screamed, “What-are-we-doing-we-don’t-know-how-to-make-a-movie!” there was always at least one of us having an empowered day who could say, “Nah, we got this.” And maybe because we didn’t know any better, and maybe because we really believed in what we were doing, and really believed in each other, seven months from the moment I first drunkenly suggested that we make a movie in Maine, we found ourselves doing just that.