“I am a victor over a traumatic childhood…”(EXCLUSIVE) Interview with the Director and Screenwriter Dina Faye Gilmore

2022 November 11

“I am a victor over a traumatic childhood…”(EXCLUSIVE) Interview with the Director and Screenwriter Dina Faye Gilmore

-Who is Dina Faye Gilmore? 

I am a victor over a traumatic childhood, domestic violence, and overcoming challenges knowing I was gay while growing up in the South. I am a persistent and strong woman because of my past, ultimately leading me on a discovery of self after retiring from 20 years of massage therapy. I did give up on myself a few times and chose to rebirth. Life is about the journey and not the destination. I love telling hard stories, showcasing the underestimated or underdog perspectives, while being built on a foundation of healing intended to inspire others for empowered change. I am an advocate for equity, equality, and worldwide healing so desperately needed…rooted in my spiritual practice while being fueled by my determination…and coffee. 

-What inspired me to become a filmmaker? 

Returning to college at 48 years young and discovering buried childhood dreams of being a Director inspired me to become a filmmaker. I had a teacher that became a mentor, believed in me, and invested in my dreams. David-Matthew Barnes was instrumental in inspiring me to have faith in myself and leap forward. He is a true gift to the world! His short play “Baby in the Basement” became my directorial debut and it has accumulated 18 awards in the indie film festivals. I am eternally grateful for David-Matthew’s unwavering belief in me!

-Do you think the cinema can bring a change to society? 

Given the changes we are seeing now, I believe cinema will bring greater change in society. Filmmaking provides access to new ways of being, challenges programmed thinking, and expands our minds for growth. You simply have to be open to watching the screen and embrace a willingness to be the change. Change is inevitable and provides a smoother process when you surrender attachments to expectations associated with control or fear. Art is vital to creative expression with cinema easily being the greatest access point influencing societal change. 

What would you change in the world

Gosh, where do I begin? I would start with free worldwide mental health assistance since the pandemic changed everything. Therapy and coaching available to everyone created to empower people to thrive, rooted in equity and equal rights. A humanity driven system built with love of the people, NOT race, encourages unique individual purposes, and collectively choosing to dismantle old programming. Women’s rights are only decided by women for women by those living and identifying as a woman. Gun protocols with increased safety measures. Leaders for the people and not an agenda. Better solutions everywhere!

Where do you see the film industry going in the next 100 years?

Creatives have more control over their content, freedom, self-expression, and expansion while moving about in new ways because visionaries build new worlds. I believe we will see a vast increase in independent filmmakers and studios, calling their own shots, and improved space for creating content. I feel we will see an increase in original content and a rise in female filmmakers as the entertainment industry continues with much-needed shifts. At least that is what I envision.