May 2018

Meet the Filmmaker: Katie Anhalt, “Crack, Skip, Scar”

Crack, Skip, Scarhttps://www.instagram.com/666medianaranja666/

Q: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
KA: It’s really exciting! This project took me a very long time to make and it’s nice to have my work recognized.

Q: What are your hopes for the event?
KA: I think this will be a great chance for the Colorado filmmaking community to come together and celebrate our accomplishments.

Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
KA: I am an educator, photographer, and dancer who makes weird video art. My project began as a novel and I accidentally made a film while procrastinating writing.

Q: Tell us one unique thing about you and/or your movies?
KA: As far as I know no one else makes films using the process I’ve developed. I start by creating still images with ink, watercolor, and Polaroid emulsion transfers, then I use a combination of softwares to create motion and visual effects.

Q: What else are you working on?
KA: I’m currently working on another non-narrative project involving dance on video.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
KA: Follow me on Instagram – 666medianaranja666

Crack, Skip, Scar will screen Friday, May 18th at 8:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre.

Meet the Filmmaker: Julie Engle, “The Most Wonderful Time in the West”

The Most Wonderful Time in the West

Q: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
JE: Very excited to be in the company of so many talented and creative women.

Q: What are your hopes for the event?
JE: To see great storytelling.

Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
JE: A focus on regional women filmmakers gives us that are new to making movies a chance to shine on a stage that might not otherwise be available to us.

Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival? Is it just for the filmmaking community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?
JE: Anyone who enjoys original stories should attend.

Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
JE: The Most Wonderful Time in the West was born out of tradition that my husband and I make a holiday video each year. This is the largest production we have ever done.

Q: Tell us one unique thing about you and/or your movies?
JE: We work with a VERY small crew. When shooting this movie the most people on set at any time was three.

Q: What else are you working on?
JE: Concepts for X-mas 2018.

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to say about Colorado Independent Women of Film?
JE: Thank you for providing a place for first time filmmakers to showcase their work.

The Most Wonderful Time in the West will screen Saturday, May 19th at 4:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre.

Meet the Filmmaker: Stacy Farrar, “Collision”

Stacy Farrar was born in Southern California but grew up in Colorado. She was drawn to the performing arts at an early age, but chose to pursue other interests in college. She received a B.A. in Physics and an M.S. in Geological Sciences from the University of Colorado in Boulder, CO. After working for more than a decade as an aerospace engineer with Ball Aerospace, she decided to pursue a career in acting. In 2012, she and her husband welcomed their only child, Ian. Stacy has been described as “Strength and intelligence with a soft underbelly of tenderness and wry humor.”

Stacy and her son Ian tragically passed away on May 20, 2017, one day into filming on Collision. Offers Henry Cavalier, Director of Collision, “The cast and crew of Collision are over the moon that the film has been accepted into the CIWF 2018! Stacy would have been so proud. This film was her final film project which we all pitched in to help complete after her and her son’s tragic passing. The screening date of May 19th also coincidentally marks the 1 year anniversary of when we filmed her final scene that you will see in the film. Through Collision we hope to cherish and remember Stacy’s passion for film and acting, as well as honor her memorable impact on our local film community.”

Collision will screen Saturday, May 19th at 8:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre.

Meet the Filmmaker: Nancy Fingerhood, “Mile High Nancy Episode 5”

Mile High Nancy Episode 5 | Mile High Nancy YouTube Channel

Q: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
NF: I am honored to be part of the film community and grateful to be in the presence of so many talented women in film.

Q: What are your hopes for the event?
NF: I hope it inspires other women to get behind the camera and brings publicity to the projects we are working on.

Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
NF: I think it’s great to showcase the best of the western region.

Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival? Is it just for the filmmaking community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?
NF: I’m always amazed at the originality and creativity of filmmakers here and think it’s for everyone to attend.

Q: This is the 8th year of CIWF. Do you have a favorite memory of the festival (or screening at The Bug Theatre) in years past?
NF: I enjoy Scoop Nemeth’s comments after he watches the films.

Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
NF: I’m a storyteller, originally from New Jersey, who has been in Colorado for 13 years. The project is an episode of my web series Mile High Nancy.

Q: Tell us one unique thing about you and/or your movies?
NF: I’ve teamed up with the US Weed Channel and did a 420 promo for them for a BOGO annual subscription to their Roku channel.

Q: What else are you working on?
NF: I just finished as a PA on a music video and I’ll be shooting episode six in June.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
NF: They can see my work at my YouTube channel, Mile High Nancy.

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to say about Colorado Independent Women of Film?
NF: Thank you for letting me be a part of this festival. It’s important to showcase film from a woman’s point of view.

Mile High Nancy Episode 5 will screen Friday, May 18th at 8:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre.

Meet the Filmmaker: Eva MeiLing Pollitt, “Tenny”

Tennyhttps://www.seedandspark.com/fund/high#updates/16501

Q: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
EP: Honored and grateful.

Q: What are your hopes for the event?
EP: I hope it will be a great celebration full of amazing work and amazing artists! I hope the vibe is supportive and people grow new connections.

Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
EP: Very important! We will never be able to smash the patriarchy and the sexism ingrained in our psyches unless the stories we tell and hear come from a diverse array of genders and backgrounds. Also, it is important to focus on regional women filmmakers because it opens doors for filmmakers in communities other than NYC and LA, also improving the industry opportunities available in those communities.

Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival? Is it just for the filmmaking community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?
EP: Non-filmmakers should attend too because they will be supporting Colorado women in film AND they will get the chance to see some great work they might not have access to otherwise.

Q: This is the 8th year of CIWF. Do you have a favorite memory of the festival (or screening at The Bug Theatre) in years past?
EP: Yes – I screened in March at the Emerging Filmmaker’s Project and that was magical. It was my first time seeing Tenny on a full-sized theatre screen, and it was inspiring to hear from so many other Colorado filmmakers.

Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
EP: I was born and raised in Colorado, attended DSA in Denver, and then went to SMU in Dallas to get my BFA in theatre. I moved to NYC in August of 2017 to pursue theatre arts, but happenstance landed on some film projects. I loved working on them and was inspired to make my first film – this is Tenny! With friends and borrowed equipment (the brunette actress in the film is also from Colorado), we filmed around all of our day jobs. It was a life-changing experience and got me into filmmaking for the rest of my life!

Q: Tell us one unique thing about you and/or your movies?
EP: I also have an obsession with foreign languages.

Q: What else are you working on?
EP: Currently, I am in post for High, a short film set in my hometown of Tabernash, CO.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
EP: Find out about High here: https://www.seedandspark.com/fund/high#updates/16501
Or follow me on instagram @meimeimeimeimeimei – I’m working on getting a website soon!

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to say about Colorado Independent Women of Film?
EP: Thank you so much for including Tenny in this year’s festival!

Tenny will screen Saturday, May 19th at 4:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre.