"I still think the social function of art is that kind of negative aesthetic. Otherwise there’s no social function for it."
"Love runs through the film, much to my surprise...maybe it was the influence of the things I love- music, musicals- which are absolutely unafraid to address that topic. I was thinking so much about the American Songbook and musicals, and moving a narrative forward. Maybe that’s why romance finally came into my work. And at this time in my life, I’m ready to accept or own a kind of romance and melancholy or melodrama that I wasn’t ready to reveal before. It was always there in my inner life as an artist, but I was too afraid to share it."
- Laurie Simmons