My name is Brydie O’Connor and I am a former DC Murals: Spectacle and Story intern. This year, I will be premiering my directorial debut film, Going Steady, at the DC Independent Film Festival. Going Steady is a short narrative period piece about a young woman’s imagination of the relationship she truly desires in 1950s Kansas. I wrote, directed, and produced the film after working in the New York production world for the past 3 years. Before that, I worked as an intern for DC Murals from 2016-2017, while completing my degree in American Studies at The George Washington University. I am forever grateful for my experience working for the DC Murals project, as it was my first professional role in the arts and has greatly inspired my career path in a creative field. The internship was a wonderful opportunity to contribute my writing and photography, and I gained much insight into curating programs and conducting interviews. Ultimately, the experience furthered my interest in storytelling through public art. In this way, I find public murals and film to be similar — both mediums have the power to uplift underrepresented voices in an accessible way.
Going Steady will be screening at the DC Independent Film Festival on Saturday, March 7. I am so excited to showcase my work at DCIFF, as I last attended the festival in 2017 for the premiere of Painted City, a documentary featuring Dr. Perry Frank and the DC Murals project. I’m thrilled to be sharing a story I haven’t seen on screen before, and I hope to continue doing so in my future work.