By: Megan Minutillo, Guest Blogger
This year, I was invited to the 21st Hamptons International Film Festival, to see the world premiere of Louder Than Words. Louder Than Words is a film that portrays a family in the aftermath of their daughter’s untimely death. When the youngest of the Fareri family, Maria, dies of rabies, a family and community are heartbroken. After her death, Maria’s family discovered that their daughter and sister had made a special wish "for the health and well-being of all the children in the world," as part of a school project. With those words in hand, her parents and siblings set out to build the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, a state of the art pediatric center in Westchester, New York.
As a movie buff, and as a native Long Islander, I have always loved the film festival; I had always admired it from afar.
This year, I was invited.
I cannot begin to explain to you all what that felt like. I work, twenty-four hours a day. Constantly. And yet, sometimes, my “work” does not necessarily warrant a paycheck. It involves supporting other artists, networking, writing for free, and directing for free – it is a hustle and a bustle.
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So, to be invited to a world premiere of a film like Louder Than Words (starring David Duchovny, Hope Davis, and Timothy Hutton) at the Hamptons Film Festival nonetheless, well, I think it’s safe to say that dreams come true.
So, if it’s one thing that I can teach my sisters, the readers of I AM THAT GIRL, let it be this:
One day, and it will happen, there will be moments in your life when your hard work pays off. All the long hours, the hustling and bustling, the dreaming, the moments where you think to yourself, "am I getting anywhere?" It. Pays. Off. Trust me when I say that.
For me it was the day I was invited to The 21st Hamptons Film Festival, for the world premiere of Louder Than Words. And all of a sudden I found myself writing a piece about the beautiful legacy of Maria Fareri and her inspirational family. And I was eating and drinking in the company of talent and warm souls like David Duchovny and Timothy Hutton and an array of amazing, remarkable, inspiring people, before I was ushered off to the red carpet. And it wasn’t until hours later, when I finally sat down, that it all sank in.
Dreams do come true. Hard work does pay off. And oh goodness, this is just the beginning.
About Megan: Megan Minutillo is a playwright, director, and founder of the arts and education site, The Write Teacher(s). Her articles have appeared in HelloGiggles, So Worth Loving, I Am the Modern Career Girl, and Glass Heel. She is currently at work adapting her show, Ghosts in My Vodka, into a musical.