Laura Waters Hinson is a documentary filmmaker, pastor's wife, mother, and worship leader. Her award-winning films span subjects from street vendors in Washington DC to female entrepreneurship in Rwanda.
At a summer screening of her latest film Dog Days (hosted in Fairfax, Virginia, by the Washington Institute for Faith, Vocation, and Culture), Hinson discussed her work and the challenges of juggling her many roles. CT followed up with Hinson to talk more about her process, her inspiration, and her faith.
How did you get interested in filmmaking?
I got interested in film as a child. I made a lot of home movies with my best friends in the cul de sac – murder mysteries and things like that, but I never thought it would lead to anything professional. After college and a broken engagement, I made a list for myself of things I really loved doing and when I added them up, they equaled documentary film, which was weird because I'd never worked on a documentary.
What I love most is the process of storytelling. On the technical side, I love that making films is this wonderful convergence of journalism, photography, musical composition, animation, rhythmic intuitive editing, etc. On a macro-level, the stories themselves that result from the confluence of all these art forms are a way of bringing order to an often seemingly disordered world. In this way, I hope the stories I tell in film point people, in some small way, to the ultimate narrative of God's promise to re-make the whole world.
How do you go about deciding what stories you're going to tell? Do you have a sense that you're going to be making a long investment of time?
I do. I learned that with my first film, As We Forgive. I was in Rwanda ...1
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