The second project she developed was a film adaptation of Kathleen Tessaro’s novel Rare itemsis set to be released in the spring of 2023. Both were shot entirely during the pandemic at various stages of its grip on our world. “It was really exciting,” Holmes says of being in a position of control at a time of such powerlessness. “Having the ability to play a scene and be able to say, ‘Oh, let’s change this line,’ or ‘Say that,’ or ‘Let’s just try this,’ was amazing because I knew the day, so I knew what we were going to achieve So it was like Okay, I think we can take some time to play a little, or No, we don’t need to [waste] time [doing] It’s time.” Having often been in the spirit of a director’s vision himself, it was an exciting challenge to finally get the opportunity to step behind the camera and make these decisions, both big and small. “Some days were great, and some days I messed up ,” she says. “But I think it’s something you get, the more you do it, the more you learn.”
At the same time, Holmes is aware of the importance of being flexible with her vision and knows that in some cases she will have to relinquish her authority. “I’m in the position of control and that’s something I respect. That said, the true process is something bigger than everyone involved in a very true way because there are so many pieces that have to come together,” she says. “Now you have to be the one in charge who says yes, no, yes, no, and that’s the vision I want. But I’m also dependent on everyone.” Without that collaboration, her dream for the project could never come true. It certainly wouldn’t be the best version of itself. “I always tell people, ‘Please read this, and if it inspires you, I want you to that. If it doesn’t, I’m fine. But if it does, come with it all.’ That way, we can be fully involved,’ she says. “We’re all trying to make the best film, and we kind of become partners.” So while, well, her words is the last, it will never be the only one heard.