Peggy's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Being You

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    New York, NY

PEGGY STERN

Academy Award-Winning Filmmaker
The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation

“In the end, it’s all come down to believing in myself and believing in my choices.”

INTERESTS:

Art Film

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Struggle Doubt Courage Failure Focus Exploration Hard Work Inspiration Choices Support & Encouragement

FOUNDATION:

Communicating / Sharing Stories

TAGS:

anxiety, art, art history, career, challenges, documentary, doubt, dyslexia, failures, fear, film, filmmaking, goals, interview, learning, learning disability, mistakes, passion, photography, producer

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Diagnosed with dyslexia at five years old.
  • Felt like she had a chip on her shoulder, and constantly had to prove herself in her classes because she had struggled from such a young age.
  • She always wanted to learn about the world through visual mediums rather than by reading texts.
  • One of her teachers realized that she might have a talent for making art, rather than studying it, and recommended she transfer into the visual arts department.
  • There, she found that photography and film came somewhat naturally to her; she no longer had to fight tooth and nail to prove herself in her classes.
  • When she entered the workforce, she shied away from certain jobs because she was worried her employers would find out she was dyslexic.
  • Instead, she started writing and producing her own films, one of which, The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation, won an Oscar.
  • Says that her LD has helped her as a filmmaker because it taught her how to accept and own her mistakes.

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