Willistown’s M. Night Shyamalan inspired Melissa Davey, a grandmother of three from Valley Forge, to leave her job as an insurance executive for filmmaking, writes Diane Mastrull for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The inspiration came after Davey won a day with the famous filmmaker at a charity auction. He simply asker her, “What do you really want to do?”
“He struck a chord,” she said. “And my immediate response was, ‘I want your job.’ He just chuckled and said, ‘Do it.’”
The interaction stuck with Davey, who has been at her job for two decades, and she soon made a decision.
“It was just, ‘I’m going to be a filmmaker,’” she said.
Within a week, she had given her notice at Genex Services, and later this month, she will preview her first film for a focus group.
The Beyond Sixty Project is a documentary about women over 60 who are far from calling it a day. Davey has partnered with Expressway Productions on the project, which has sponsorship from UnitedHealthcare.