AAJAers were proud of support one of our own, Mike Hale of The New York Times, as he moderated an inspiring discussion with two local filmmakers this week for an event with the NYT’s Asian Heritage Network and the PBS documentary series “POV.”
The film, “When I Walk,” tells the story of Jason DaSilva, who was 25 years old when he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. A rising independent filmmaker at the time, he turned his personal battle with MS into this first-person documentary that shows the trials, victories, heartbreak and levity of his experience.
After screening a few key clips from the film, both DaSilva and his wife and filmmaking partner, Alice Cook, were on hand to take questions from Mike and the audience. The discussion touched on everything from the couple’s frank look at intimacy, how “When I Walk” turned Cook into a filmmaker, and what’s next for the hardworking pair. Among those supporting the event was Cynthia Lopez, the commissioner of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment.
Be sure to catch “When I Walk” when it premieres on Monday, June 23, at 10 p.m. on PBS’s award-winning documentary series “POV” (check local listings).