Imagine the Science Quad at 5 a.m. Even on the rowdiest of nights, the pathways would be quiet, the buildings deserted.
It was this time of day her freshman year that Rachel Kessler first realized she could become a filmmaker. She had arrived in the video editing lab early one evening, intent on finishing a piece she was making for a Shakespeare class. For hours Kessler worked, unaware of the time slipping past. “When I finally checked the time, I thought, ‘If I’m having so much fun, this might be worth pursuing.’”
Flash forward four years. Kessler’s in the midst of releasing her second documentary —a story about enslaved children in Thailand who are forced to sell roses to tourists. A former pre-med student who switched her focus to history in her junior year, Kessler balances her time between producing her current project, planning new ones, identifying potential collaborators, and writing a feature film.
I caught up with Kessler in Boston to hear about her journey into film and learn about her experiences creating her most recent documentary.