My name is Rachael Moton (she/her) and I'm a filmmaker and screenwriter.
How did you get into what you do creatively?
I’ve always had a desire to create, when I was younger I would draw constantly. I would go to the library to get new books to try and teach myself various techniques. I took a painting class one college semester and have been painting ever since.
What themes do you pursue in you work?
A lot of my work centers on telling stories with a goal of creating empathy. With my narrative work, I usually do this by utilizing (occasionally dark) humor
What memorable responses have you had to your work?
When my short Dad's Dead Damnit screened at Sundance, I had so many people send me messages and tell me it impacted them emotionally. I had never had such a large response to my work before and it was so validating knowing that people connected to the story.
What/who influences you?
I'm honestly really influenced by my younger sister, Rebekkah. She's only 17 but has won national awards for her artwork and is incredibly talented. We spend a lot of time together sharing ideas and brainstorming.
What makes your work necessary (to you, to others, to the community)?
My work is necessary for me because it's my outlet. Being able to express myself creatively through film has changed my life. For others and my community, I feel that my work is necessary because my voice is important. In an industry that doesn't make room for Black women, I use my work to demand space not just for me, but for us.