August 2013

Meet the Filmmaker: Wendy Duncan, “Clark’s Edibles Cupcake Liners”

Wendy Head shotCIWF Filmmaker Interview with Wendy Duncan
Producer/Writer/Director with Front Row Media Group
www.frontrowmediagroup.com

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?

WD: I became a filmmaker because I love telling stories, and with film, one story can be told in many different ways.

Q: What are we going to see at CIWF? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?

WD: This year I am happy to share an online commercial I created for a company called Clark’s Edibles. It’s an outside the box type skit for their product that’s entertaining for all ages, and won a Telly Award for online commercial this 2013. It has only screened once at EFP at the beginning of this year. We plan on turning this into a campaign once the product is available.

Q: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?

WD: There are many talented women in the film industry here in the Rocky Mountain Region, and it is an honor to be selected to participate in this year’s Colorado Independent Women of Film.

Q: What are your hopes for the event?

WD: I hope that through this event, and the many years of its success to come, women will gain the respect and kudos they deserve from fellow peers in this industry. We always hear about directors, and in film, the majority of them are men, but, if you pay attention to producer’s credits, the majority of them are women. Women have always played a huge part in bringing life to a project and lately, women have been gaining ground on men in the director role. Many women work as editors and assistant directors as well. Women are great story tellers, detailed oriented and can multi task. It’s wonderful that here at the Colorado Independent Women of Film, women are recognized for their talents and hard work .

Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival? Is it just for the filmmaking community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?

WD: I believe this festival is for everyone. It’s entertaining, it’s informative, it’s a great place to meet old friends and make new ones, and most importantly it’s a place where individuals from all walks of life, can meet people who can help them bring their idea, or their story to life.

Q: What else are you working on?

WD: Right now I am attending the Art Institute of Colorado which has abled me to work on many different styles of projects. I never treat a school project as a “school project.” I always chose a subject, or create a story that has potential for film festivals, television, or corporate use. Currently I am creating a documentary on Garter Snakes, and my friend Jane Mora and I are writing a full feature film channeling the style of one our favorite directors, Christopher Guest.

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about Colorado Independent Women of Film?

WD: The Colorado Independent Women of Film is a wonderful addition to the great line up of film festivals Colorado offers. This industry is still very male dominate, but with the success of the CIWF will come the success and awareness of all the wonderful women involved in the film industry.

Clark’s Edibles Cupcake Liners will screen Saturday August 17th at 9:00pm at The Bug Theatre.

Meet the Filmmaker: Katharyn Grant, “The One Who Loves You” (trailer)

kaytiCIWF Filmmaker Interview with Katharyn Grant (Kayti)
Director/producer/lead actor, The One Who Loves You
Altaville Productions | www.TheOneWhoLovesYouMovie.com

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?

KG: I started out as an actor, and studied with teachers from The Actor’s Studio and The Neighborhood Playhouse, both very rigorous schools of acting based in Stanislovsky and The Group Theater in New York. Because I care about the kind of content I’m creating as an actor and what sort of projects I’m involved with, it was a natural progression for me to start making my own films. I think a lot of actors will agree that it is very limiting to be dependant on others in terms of what sort of roles you will play, and what sort of opportunities will come your way in order to practice your craft. And the interesting thing that occurred is that I ended up becoming very enamored with the over-all process of creating the big picture, and finessing the details that make for good story telling and good cinema.

Q: What are we going to see at CIWF? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?

KG: I will be showing the trailer for my feature length film, “The One Who Loves You.” We are currently slated to play the film itself at two sizeable festivals, which we are very excited about, however because the programming of these fests has not yet been announced, we can’t talk about them for a few weeks still. In addition to these two fests, we’ve been invited to show the film at Cheyenne International Film Festival and the Whistlestop Film Festival next year.

Q: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?

KG: Great!

Q: What are your hopes for the event?

KG: Networking and building up a base we can reach out to in order to let people know about our forthcoming local screenings.

Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?

KG: Very important, as there are so few female voices in cinema, and cinema is like literature—ultimately it’s a dialogue, and women need to be a part of this conversation, which is about self-realization as well as forming a critical mass that says, “It’s healthy to express, to explore the human condition, to create a forum for self-reflection, for dialogue, and for achieving interconnectedness with an audience.”

Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival? Is it just for the filmmaking community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?

KG: Non-filmmakers should definitely attend! The content needs to be compelling enough to entertain and enlighten those not in the filmmaking community, otherwise it becomes an exercise in self-indulgence, or an exercise in networking which is helpful, but ultimately not the point of why we do what we do.

Q: Tell us one unique thing about you and/or your movies?

KG: God truly blesses the ignorant. I’m glad I had no idea how extraordinarily difficult it would be to make a feature length period piece with musical sequences on an ultra-low budget. Had I known the difficulty involved, I never would’ve had the balls to do this project.

Q: What else are you working on?

KG: Have a few projects in various stages of development.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?

KG: www.TheOneWhoLovesYouMovie.com
https://www.facebook.com/TheOneWhoLovesYouMovie
I’m also a published author and poet: http://monkeypuzzlepress.com/books/interior-life-2/

The trailer for The One Who Loves You will screen Saturday August 17th at 5:00pm at The Bug Theatre.

Meet the Filmmaker: Nichole Blair Post, “Busan Haps” (promo video)

npostCIWF Filmmaker Interview with Nichole Blair Post
Writer/producer/director, Busan Haps (promo video)

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?

NP: I’ve always been interested in film as both a creative outlet for expression and also a means of seeing into the mind of another artist. I began studying film, mostly with an interest for documentaries, but grew an appreciation for narratives as well. Anything with an interesting/meaningful storyline.

Q: What are we going to see at CIWF? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?

NP: At CIWF, the viewers will see a tourism promo for Busan Haps, a foreign run magazine in Busan, South Korea, where I lived for four years. It outlines the first day and impressions of a western woman arriving in Busan for the first time. This was shown at a special screening party for the Busan Haps magazine in Busan; it also won third prize in the Busan Tourism Contest.

Q: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?

NP: I feel honored and proud. My production team worked really hard on this short promo, and though it was created for advertising purposes, I feel that there is a lot of creative/artistic value. Miguel Rojas, the DP and editor, really has an eye for unique shots and was able to put them together impressively.

Q: What are your hopes for the event?

NP: I just hope that people view it and enjoy it. That they can feel the excitement of the main character as they travel along with her, arriving in Asia for the first time, and seeing everything with new eyes, and being open to new experiences.

Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?

NP: I believe it is extremely important to show not only regional filmmakers work, but particularly the work of women in the region. It is less common to find film work done by women, yet they offer a unique and different perspective; it is important to encourage women to pursue creative endeavors in fields which are generally crowded by men.

Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival? Is it just for the filmmaking community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?

NP: It’s for everyone. Anyone and everyone can be inspired by seeing the visual ideas of other minds.

Q: Tell us one unique thing about you and/or your movies?

NP: I would say that most of my work is internationally focused; I lived abroad for eight years, so a lot of what I work on has elements of other cultures, particularly the mixing of two different cultures together. A few years ago, I showed my first short at The Bug, that was about an introspective young Korean man, who falls in love with a Spanish woman, without ever having spoken to her.

Q: What else are you working on?

NP: Currently I’m in the post-production phase of a documentary I shot last year in Korea, of three very distinct Korean painters.

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about Colorado Independent Women of Film?

NP: Thanks for being a platform for local women to shine.

Busan Haps will screen Saturday August 17th at 6:30pm at The Bug Theatre.

Meet the Filmmaker: Christine McQuillen, “Mom Says”

christinemcquillenCIWF Filmmaker Interview with Christine McQuillen
Director, Mom Says

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?

CM: I’ve enjoyed photography since i was a little girl and wanted to explore a different medium for recording an idea or a feeling.

Q: What are we going to see at CIWF? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?

CM: ‘Mom says’, a four part piece about a young girl who takes her moms advice and uses it to her advantage, will be premiering at CIWF. It will be submitted to other festivals as well.

Q: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?

CM: It’s an honor to have a film selected for CIWF. I’m very happy to have the film screening at this years festival!

Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival? Is it just for the filmmaking community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?

CM: It’s not just for the filmmaking community! Anyone that has an interest in unique stories or home grown art would enjoy CIWF.

Q: Tell us one unique thing about you and/or your movies?

CM: I use the same screen writer, Patrick Sheridan, for all of my movies! I’ve been a fan of his work for years now and I couldn’t be more fortunate to have the opportunity to work with him on a continuing basis.

Q: What else are you working on?

CM: I have one more short film that I need to make before turning my efforts to a feature. It’s about a musician trying to rediscover his passion. We are in early prepro on that project and I’m very excited to see it get made.

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about Colorado Independent Women of Film?

CM: I think it’s amazing to have a festival for local women to show their work and their support for each other. We’re all growing and learning so it’s nice to have a place to come celebrate that!

Mom Says will screen Saturday August 17th at 9:00pm at The Bug Theatre.  You can also catch a sneak peek at the August Emerging Filmmaker’s Project on Thursday, August 15th at 8:00pm (also at The Bug).

Meet the Filmmaker: Sophia Rose, “Naked Garden”

sophiaroseCIWF Filmmaker Interview with Sophia Rose
Director, Producer, Body Painter, Co-Photographer, Music, Post production for Naked Garden.
Xcentricity Productions | www.XcentricityArts.com

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
SR: I am a new filmmaker, making films now for only 1.5 years. I came into it by chance, a happy accident and I l was excited about the whole process. It was like creating magic! I seriously think that Filmmaking chose me.

Q: What are we going to see at CIWF? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
SR: Naked Garden is the name of this short art film. It has been screened at the Intendence Film Festival and received the People’s Choice Award for Best Experimental Art Short.

Q: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
SR: I’m thrilled to have been selected for this event!

Q: What are your hopes for the event?
SR: My hopes are that more people see my film and gain an appreciation for the art of body painting.

Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival? Is it just for the filmmaking community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?
SR: Anyone interested in seeing indie films would enjoy this event.

Q: Tell us one unique thing about you and/or your movies?
SR: Filmmaking, body painting, costuming, hair/makeup and still photography are all areas I’m creatively passionate about.

Q: What else are you working on?
SR: I am presently working on several more Experimental Shorts focusing on the art of body painting.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
SR: To find out more about my work please visit my Facebook page Xcentricity Body Painting https://www.facebook.com/pages/Xcentricity-Body-Painting/425002690896349 XcentricityArts.com

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about Colorado Independent Women of Film?
SR: I am grateful for Eileen and the others that have created this amazing opportunity for woman filmmakers to come together, to share, to be inspired and to inspire others.

Naked Garden will screen Saturday August 17th at 9:00pm at The Bug Theatre.