August 2014

Meet the Filmmaker: Laurie Clemens, “Deadvolt”

CIWF Filmmaker Interview: Laurie Clemens
Deadvolt

Laurie clemensQ: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
LC: Honored. I’ve written many shorts and some features but this is my first project where I wrote, directed, produced and acted. I’m really proud of the cast and crew!

Q: What are your hopes for the event?
LC: I really hope that people like the film. I hope they think about the “beep in the night” differently. I hope to learn a lot from other film makers.

Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
LC: I think it’s very important. This industry seems to be dominated by men, certainly directing is male dominated and there are many more roles for male actors. Women have a different perspective on so many events and those stories need to be told.

Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival? Is it just for the filmmaking community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?
LC: I have quite a few friends that are not in the industry that are very excited about attending. Anyone who likes film should attend. Anyone who enjoys stories should attend.

Q: This is the 4th year of CIWF. What’s been the best part/a favorite memory of the festival in years past?
LC: This will be the first time I’ve had the opportunity to attend and I’m really looking forward to it.

Q: We hold CIWF at The Bug Theatre. Why is The Bug a great home for this event?
LC: The Bug is a community theater and this is symbolic of the great community of film in Denver AND the great community of women in film.

Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
LC: I’m a Colorado Native and have been acting for fifteen years and writing for nearly that long. I’ve written four feature films and numerous shorts. I hope to film at least one more short in the next year.

This film will hopefully scare you, if not at the Bug, then when you get home.

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about Colorado Independent Women of Film?
LC: I’m thrilled to be a part of the festival and am glad that there’s a strong community of women in film here.

Q: What else are you working on?
LC: One of my feature length scripts, I Met Her at Birkenau, is a Quarterfinalist in the Scriptapalooza Screenplay contest. Hopefully I’ll make it to Semifinalist and on up. I’m hoping to shoot another short this year, either a historical drama or historical comedy. I’m also working on several other feature length scripts.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
LC: I’m currently working on my webpage and will have that information out on Facebook and through my agency, Big Fish Talent soon.

Deadvolt will screen Friday, August 15th at 7:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre.

Meet the Filmmaker: Khidija Rivera, “My Day”

CIWF Filmmaker Interview: Khidija Rivera
My Day | https://www.facebook.com/pages/My-Day/167189013339774

Dija_NEW01 copyQ: Why did you become a filmmaker?
KR: I knew at a young age that I wanted to be a filmmaker. I love telling stories. I was an Air Force brat so we moved a lot. Films were my friends and telling stories were what helped me connect to people.

Q: What are your hopes for the event?
KR: My hope for this event is to meet other filmmakers sharing our works, ideas and building a stronger film community.

Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
KR: It’s important to have events like these, focusing on regional women filmmakers, because It creates a support system and networking opportunities. Also, It increases visibility of women filmmakers in front and behind the camera.

Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival? Is it just for the filmmaking community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?
KR: Watching films in a festival environment is refreshing and exciting, it’s an intimate and personal experience. Non-filmmakers would really dig the energy and the different styles of films.

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about Colorado Independent Women of Film?
KR: I would like to thank Colorado Independent Women of Film for this opportunity and for creating this event where women can come together and share our works!

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
KR: I’m still working on my website, but people can find me on:
Twitter at: @DijaRivera
My Day Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/My-Day/167189013339774

My Day will screen Friday, August 15th at 7:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre.

Meet the Filmmaker: Kimberly Hancock, “Meth Maiden”

CIWF Filmmaker Interview: Kimberly Hancock
Meth Maiden | www.kimberlyhancock.com

filmaker2Q: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
KH: I am honored about being selected, and happy I get to show my film.

Q: What are your hopes for the event?
KH: I hope people like my movie.

Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
KH: It is extremely important. Women are completely outnumbered in hollywood making up only five percent of the box office directors.

Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival? Is it just for the filmmaking community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?
KH: I believe anyone who enjoys cinema would like this festival.

Q: This is the 4th year of CIWF. What’s been the best part/a favorite memory of the festival in years past?
KH: This is my first time entering a film into a festival.

Q: We hold CIWF at The Bug Theatre. Why is The Bug a great home for this event?
KH: The Bug is a great neighborhood theater. Perfect for this event giving it an intimate feel.

Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
KH: My film was a student project showing how Dreams are better then Reality. And how you see yourself sometimes isn’t how others see you.

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about Colorado Independent Women of Film?
KH: I am honored to be selected and feel this is really a great organization.

Q: Tell us one unique thing about you and/or your movies?
KH: There are so many things that make a film and the director unique. I like to use interesting dynamic shots as tools, not only focusing on the actor but the surroundings and what It means for the story, weather it be foreshadowing or a significant meaning of an object that ties the story together. I always make the audience think and wonder and piece it together themselves.

Q: What else are you working on?
KH: Right now I’m working on a Women’s Shoe Commercial.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
KH: I am working on my website which is www.kimberlyhancock.com but you can view my Motion Graphics Reel at http://kimberhancock.wix.com/kimberhancock. You can reach me at www.kimberhancock@yahoo.com

Meth Maiden will screen Friday, August 15th at 7:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre.

Meet the Filmmaker: Kendra Fleischman, “Hoard”

CIWF Filmmaker Interview: Kendra Fleischman
Hoard | www.KendraFleischman.com

40769_145674655451740_7380333_nQ: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
KF: I am very excited to be a part of this film series. I am new to animation and film, being selected is a nice validation that I am creating work worthy of a public audience.

Q: What are your hopes for the event?
KF: I hope my viewers are entertained with my animation and perhaps I can answer a few of their questions about my process.

Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
KF: Women are under represented in all areas of film, so a festival that brings women’s creative efforts to the for front is very helpful in promoting the great work that is often over looked.

Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival? Is it just for the filmmaking community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?
KF: Everybody should attend, it’s film, it’s fun!

Q: This is the 4th year of CIWF. What’s been the best part/a favorite memory of the festival in years past?
KF: I really enjoyed the Q and A session. I liked talking about how and why I created my animation.

Q: We hold CIWF at The Bug Theatre. Why is The Bug a great home for this event?
KF: The Bug theater is an independent venue with a higher mission, it’s a perfect fit.

Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
KF: I am a professional artists (sculptor) and an art teacher. I just started creating animations three years ago and my busy life only lets me create a few a year. This is my first effort and telling a cohesive story, and the subject matter has several parts that are very much inspired by life.

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about Colorado Independent Women of Film?
KF: This is a fabulous project, thank you for inviting me and please keep the films rolling!

Q: Tell us one unique thing about you and/or your movies?
KF: I often create works by myself in my basement. Wow that sounds creepy. Sometimes my Daughter will work with me on a project and that is great fun!

Q: What else are you working on?
KF: My Daughter and I just finished creating a short animation for the 48hr Film Project, it is a 6 minute cut paper animation based on the genre of Film Noir. I am in the pre-pre production stage for some animations, meaning, my mind is dreaming up some crazy ideas!

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
KF: KendraFleischman.com or on Facebook at Off Center Studio.

Hoard will screen Saturday, August 16th at 5:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre.

Meet the Filmmaker: Mona Maser, “Nimerick”

CIWF Filmmaker Interview – Mona Maser
Nimerick | www.bereelparthena.com

nimerickQ: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
MM: Happy.

Q: What are your hopes for the event?
MM: That I will get to meet other Colorado filmmakers.

Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival? Is it just for the filmmaking community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?
MM: I would hope that the films are good enough and intriguing enough to draw all sorts of movie lovers.

Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
MM: Nimerick is my first short film — The creative process is a killer – but I’ve made another short film since – and I am sure to do another.

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about Colorado Independent Women of Film?
MM: Looking forward to getting to know you…

Q: Tell us one unique thing about you and/or your movies?
MM: I have two kids – and two short films – each film featuring one of my boys. Not sure if I will move to my nephews or nieces next or my hound. My mom always says, ‘use what you have, write what you know’ — probably good advice.

Q: What else are you working on?
MM: Things that pay the bills. Web Videos are what I am focusing on at the moment.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
MM: I’ve been working with a partner, Shari Due. Our production company is BE REEL PARTHENA – you can see us at www.bereelparthena.com.

Nimerick will screen Saturday, August 16th at 5:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre.

Meet the Filmmaker: Nichole Post, “Busan Artist Ways”

CIWF Filmmaker Interview – Nichole Post
Busan Artist Ways

picture2Q: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
NP: I feel proud to be a part of this community of talented filmmakers.

Q: What are your hopes for the event?
NP. I hope there is a large turn-out of viewers to show their support.

Q: This is the 4th year of CIWF. What’s been the best part/a favorite memory of the festival in years past?
NP: The best part has been participating- being able to see my own work on a big screen and viewed for others, as well as seeing the creativity of the other female filmmakers.

Q: We hold CIWF at The Bug Theatre. Why is The Bug a great home for this event?
NP: The Bug Theatre is local, it’s fun, it has character.

Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
NP: I lived in South Korea for four years on and off since 2006. Not until recently did the arts scene there begin to show through the cracks, it seemed, often overshadowed by technology and the common desire to assimilate. As I began to meet more artists in Busan, I became intrigued by the variances of each individual and their views on what art is, and should be.

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about Colorado Independent Women of Film?
NP: I think it’s a really important platform to showcase the talents of these women.

Q: Tell us one unique thing about you and/or your movies?
NP: My films are most often affected by my experiences living outside of the United States.

Q: What else are you working on?
NP: I’m working on small personal projects from my travels.

Busan Artist Ways will screen Friday, August 15th at 9:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre.

Meet the Filmmaker: Lauryn Guerrieri, “Square”

CIWF Filmmaker Interview with Lauryn Guerrieri
Writer & Director, Square | www.liquidluckproductions.com

Lauryn GuerrieriQ: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
LG: I’m very excited to be at the festival for a 2nd year for one of my films! I’m looking forward to a great weekend of films made by local women.

Q: What are your hopes for the event?
LG: I’d love to encourage more women to get out there and submit projects. I love a competitive atmosphere and it’s just something you don’t see among women.

Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
LG: Men make up the majority of filmmakers and I think it discourages women from even trying to get their name out there. By supporting women, they feel confident in increasing their skills and are driven to make better films.

Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival? Is it just for the filmmaking community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?
LG: The beautiful thing about film is that you don’t need to have special interests to enjoy it. Everyone loves the movies and everyone should attend!

Q: This is the 4th year of CIWF. What’s been the best part/a favorite memory of the festival in years past?
LG: I loved having all my cast and crew supporting me at the festival last year! It gave them a chance to see and be seen and they deserved that after I’ll their hard work.

Q: We hold CIWF at The Bug Theatre. Why is The Bug a great home for this event
LG: The Bug Theater is intimate and cozy; perfect for wine and friends! haha!

Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
LG: I’ve been making movies since I was 8 years old and have never stopped! I just graduated from the University of Colorado Denver with a Bachelor in Film/Television, minor in Business. I run my own production house with my partner, Ian Kellett, called Liquid Luck Productions. (Check us out! www.LiquidLuckProductions.com) This project I made earlier this Spring for a directing class. We had a week to make the project and it turned out very well for such a short production time. We’ve received lots of praise for the fabulous acting and message of the story!

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about Colorado Independent Women of Film
LG: You all rock! Keep making films 🙂

Q: Tell us one unique thing about you and/or your movies?
LG: My movies always contain homages to other work I’ve done or films I love. My senior project film Back to the 80’s, (which just won a Student Emmy!), is basically a mash-up of Footloose, Back to the Future, Breakfast Club, and Weird Science!

Q: What else are you working on?
LG: At the moment, Liquid Luck doesn’t have too many creative projects but we have lots of client videos. Weddings, fundraisers, instructional videos, photography shoots, TV pitches. We are trying to get a T.V. Show off the ground right now about Psychics & Intuitives!

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work
LGhttp://www.liquidluckproductions.com/
https://vimeo.com/liquidluck
https://www.facebook.com/LiquidLuckP

Square will screen Saturday, August 16th at 5:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre.