2014 CIWF

Meet the Filmmaker: Tricia Mentor, “Women Warriors – A Vision of Valor”

CIWF Filmmaker Interview: Tricia Mentor
Women Warriors – A Vision of Valor  | http://womenwarriorsfilm.com/

10443361_10152930476828378_2815944206111295015_nQ: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
TM: Denver has so many amazing women working in film and I am so honored to be screening along side these very talented women!

I feel this is a great honor to be selected in the Colorado Independent Woman of Film because women have been telling and handing down stories since the beginning of time and to share our film honoring the stories and experiences of women in the the theater of war at the CIWF is truly a double honor. We get to share these woman’s stories via a woman’s storytelling event that honors women in two ways that can teach and get conversations started about how woman’s can make a difference.

Q: What are your hopes for the event?
TM: My hopes for the event are to get the conversations started about how women make a difference in our history and the film community and by attending the event will spark confidence in creative women and let people know women can do anything they put their minds to ans entertain the all audiences.

Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
TM: Focusing on regional women filmmakers is a great way to show the Denver and surrounding communities efforts to support women filmmakers and show that we are strong, talented and we can tell stories that everyone will enjoy and that having women in the mix can really help in the creation process to create great inspiring work.

Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival? Is it just for the film making community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?
TM: Everybody should come to the Colorado Independent Women of Film. The films represent all genres and topics and will be assured to entertain as well as teach every age level and gender. I am sure that everyone that attends,from the general public to fellow filmmakers, will leave with a scene, a line,an ideology ,a concept, a song and the spark that excites them to create something from the films they have just seen. My favorite is when I walk away from seeing a film or films and that days later I keep reliving or thinking about how it changed something in me.

Q: This is the 4th year of CIWF. What’s been the best part/a favorite memory of the festival in years past?
TM: I have not attended CIWF before but I have heard about others that have attended and I hope to move people with our stories and achieve the standards that the past women in film have set and hopefully raise the bar for the future!

Q: We hold CIWF at The Bug Theatre. Why is The Bug a great home for this event?
TM: As an indie filmmaker The Bug Theatre, in my mind, is the Best place for the event. The Bug has been the home of the Emerging Filmmakers Project, the monthly event that shows support and fosters us Denver Indie Filmmakers. Is is a supportive and seriously fun place to screen and get constructive criticism on our creations. It has been a catalyst in the beginning and the motivation of filmmakers and my home away from home for years. The Bug gave me the proverbial Film making Bug! It is the home of Denver’s Indie Filmmakers.

Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
TM: Tricia Mentor-Swanson: is a producer, videographer, Indie filmmaker, improv actor, and multimedia Student. She has worked on multiple Emmy award-winning productions for PBS. Tricia was an account manager before giving it up to learn her passion of telling stories through film. As a student, she met Brandon Berman and traveled to Africa to make a documentary while working 2 simultaneous jobs for PBS and Denver 8. This led her to become a producer/editor/ AD. Recently, she worked on a Hollywood film that was created and shot by Denver-based talent. When asked to do this project Tricia said, “I am so honored to work with amazing people and tell the history of our American Woman that served our nation in war. Women Warriors: A Vision of Valor is a film made by the Multimedia Graphic Design department at Front Range Community College. This documentary covers the evolution of women’s roles in the US military, with an emphasis on the wars between WWII and the current War on Terrorism. We have collected the stories of ten Colorado women veterans and have weaved in narration, video and animation to create a powerful and educational view of our military women throughout history. ! I am now an animator!”

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about Colorado Independent Women of Film?
TM: I would like to say to all woman filmmakers in any capacity that this event showcases your drive and talent and please come join in and have a voice. We as a film community should support all filmmakers! Submit your work and keep on creating!

Women Warriors – A Vision of Valor will screen Saturday, August 16th at 6:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre.

Meet the Filmmaker: Kate Lowell, “The Wolves”

CIWF Filmmaker Interview: Kate Lowell
The Wolves

Commercial HeadshotQ: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of FIlm?
KL: Ecstatic of course! It’s incredible that there is an entire festival dedicated to women in film. CIWF’s efforts to bring awareness to equality issues within the industry don’t go unnoticed and I’m ever so appreciative to be a part of that.

Q: What are your hopes for the event?
KL: I hope that everyone has a blast, that the people who put effort into these projects are celebrated, and that the night is not stressful for Eileen Agosta 😉 haha

Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
KL: The goal to me isn’t to focus on women filmmakers. We don’t deserve special treatment (yes, we do but the guys don’t need to know that 😉 ), I just want women to be equally viewed in the business as men. Women don’t get enough credit. I’ve seen women who are better grips than men, and yet that’s still considered a man’s job.

Q: Who would enjoy the festival? Is it just for the filmmaking community, or is there a reason why non-filmmaker’s should attend?
KL: The festival should be fun for everyone! Everyone should come on out and support local film! There’s no reason not to!

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

Meet the Filmmaker: Margaret Norwood, “WAKE”

CIWF Filmmaker Interview: Margaret Norwood
WAKE | http://www.babylionproductions.com

552644_10153159800530164_319307412_nQ: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
MN: I am very pleased to be selected for the 2014 Colorado Independent Women of Film Festival. I screened my feature film, independence, last year and had a wonderful time at the event.

Q: What are your hopes for the event?
MN: I’m looking forward to seeing work from our community and hearing about projects in development.

Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
MN: WAKE is a poetic image of grief and longing. It was written and performed by Stacie Knock. Jerry Fess composed/performed the musical score.

Q: What else are you working on?
MN: I am currently focusing on writing. I just completed a text called Sanity in Acting with my colleague Galina Boulgakova (available at http://www.amazon.com/Sanity-Acting-teachings-Boulgakova-Stanislavski-based/dp/1497415969/). The text teaches Stanislavski System and explores how to keep the actor whole and sane.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
MN:
http://www.babylionproductions.com
http://www.margaretnorwood.com

WAKE will screen Saturday, August 16th at 8:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre.

Meet the Filmmaker: Wendy Duncan, “What I Did For Love”

CIWF Filmmaker Interview: Wendy Duncan
What I Did For Love

Wendy Head shotQ: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
WD: I am thrilled to participate in this year’s CIWF. It’s cool, inspiring, well respected, and fun!

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: It’s a film festival for everyone! It’s entertaining, It’s informative. No matter what career field you are in, it’s an event that can help stimulate “working” ideas and spark new ones.

It’s where creativity is contagious.

Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
WD: I love telling stories! I created this film “What I Did for Love,”for a school project at the Art Institute of CO. I was given the option to producer a short film in comedy, action, dialog or music video. I had a very hard time deciding which direction to go, because I love all of them, so I created a film containing all the options.

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about Colorado Independent Women of Film?
WD: Thank goodness for the CIWF This event helps women receive the recognition they deserve in this fun and crazy industry that is predominately run by men.

What I Did For Love will screen Saturday, August 16th at 8:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre.

Meet the Filmmaker: Alicia Cole, “Anomaly Episode 1: Just A Dream?”

CIWF Filmmaker Interview: Alicia Cole
Anomaly Episode 1: Just A Dream? | 121Studios.net

PROFILE_LINKEDINQ: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
AC: It’s an honor to be a part of the Women in Film that are making a difference here in CO. I’m a transplant from Minneapolis MN where their is a strong group of women filmmakers and I was excited to see a group forming here.

Q: What are your hopes for the event?
AC: My hopes is that not only woman show up. I hope that all filmmakers whether male or female can appreciate a more equal balance and look at woman being involved in filmmaking. It should balance the storytelling and content that creates higher quality story and production.

Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
AC: It’s important to focus on regional women filmmakers, because that’s the heart, the core, and it’s where it starts. If women filmmakers can’t support each other on a small scale, how do we expect to support each other on the large scale?

Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival? Is it just for the filmmaking community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?
AC: This is for all filmmakers and non-filmmakers alike. Filmmakers hopefully will be inspired by creative stories and not just emotional feminist films. I would hope non-filmmakers would enjoy it, because they get to be a part of their local community by supporting the arts.

Q: This is the 4th year of CIWF. What’s been the best part/a favorite memory of the festival in years past?
AC: This will be my first one.

Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
AC: I am one of the producers, story developers, and editors on Anomaly. Anomaly was created by my business partner and friend Terrell Lamont. He brought my other business partner Justin Lewis and I in on the story and together we’ve developed it into an online digital series.

Anomaly is a crime thriller about a rogue detective who risks everything when she forms a dangerous bond with a man who has telekinetic abilities. Calvin is a despondent call center manager who becomes obsessed with power and control after he discovers he has telekinetic abilities. Veronica is an alcoholic detective suspended by the force for dangerous and reckless behavior. With both of them struggling to find themselves a unique bond is formed when Calvin becomes the key focus in a murder investigation.

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about Colorado Independent Women of Film?
AC: Women, you are talented, strong, and creative. You are women who I hope I can get to learn and grow from over the years to come and that we can help lead the way in balancing the equality when it comes to women in the film industry.

Q: Tell us one unique thing about you and/or your movies?
AC: Story is king and fun in necessary, but I love the details, you will always find little nuggets about characters or our crew mixed into the Production Background. It’s like a treasure hunt. So maybe that isn’t unique… but that’s all I got.

Q: What else are you working on?
AC: My company 121Studios are currently producing and filming a feature documentary called Reaching Normal. It’s about a musically gifted student with Autism preparing to live on his own with the help of his driven therapist before attending his first year of college at Berklee School of Music. We are flying out to Boston in two weeks to document how he does. The film is set to be released in Summer 2015.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work? You may go to AC121Studios.net to see our information. 🙂

Anomaly Episode 1: Just A Dream? will screen Saturday, August 16th at 6:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre.

Meet the Filmmaker: Catrin Efken, “Poet’s Despair”

CIWF Filmmaker Interivew: Catrin Efken
Poet’s Despairhttps://www.youtube.com/user/blythefilms

Catrin_Blythe_HeadshotQ: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
CE: I’m very excited because when I make a film, I want people to see it—not just my family, but other people who know about films. I’m looking forward to learning from other women about film making.

Q: How important is it to focus on women filmmakers?
CE: Women don’t get as many opportunities as men do in the film industry, so women need to support each other and create the chance to learn and make films for themselves. In a lot of movies, the women are either “damsels in distress” or sidekicks. Women directors are more likely to make lead roles for women and hire women for crews, and tell stories about women’s lives.

Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
CE: I’m going to be in eighth grade this year, and I have always wanted to be an actress. I got interested in film making after a drama day camp where we made zombie movies. I like making films because it’s fun to see my small ideas grow and become real. I can’t imagine doing anything else.

Poet’s Despair is about this girl who is very frustrated because she can’t get her poem the way she wants it. She decides to go on a grand journey to throw a tantrum where no one can hear her. It’s based on a poem called “The Poet With His Face In His Hands,” by Mary Oliver.

The film is all about perfectionism. I can relate to it because I’m a perfectionist too.

Q: Tell us one unique thing about you and/or your movies?
CE: A lot of girls my age care about who likes them, who’s dating who, what they look like, and what other people think of them. I really couldn’t care less. I’d rather just be myself and have people know the real me.

Q: What else are you working on?
CE: I have a brand new YouTube channel. I’m thinking about doing some Minecraft Let’s Play videos. I’d like to do some more poem films. I’m interested in learning how to do animation, too.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
CE: I’d love for people to check out my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/blythefilms

Poet’s Despair will screen Saturday, August 16th at 5:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre.

Meet the Filmmaker: “Monster” Midian Crosby, “Juice”

CIWF Filmmaker Interview: “Monster” Midian Crosby
Juice | https://www.facebook.com/MonsterMakeupFX

Midian panelQ: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
MC: Colorado Independent Woman of Film is a supportive place for woman to express their skills and share their ideas and creativity in a industry notoriously male dominated. It’s a pleasure and an honor to be involved.

Q: What are your hopes for the event?
MC: I hope that Colorado Independent Woman of Film continues this year to expand the notions of what woman are capable of, on screen as well as behind the scenes, locally, nationally and worldwide.

Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
MC: It was thanks to encouragement from local film community members like those at Colorado Independent Woman of Film that gave me the push and desire to direct the short film Juice showing this year. After 12 years of film work, I FINALLY directed my own short film! Liberating! Now I’m ready for the next one (or several)!

Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival? Is it just for the filmmaking community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?
MC: Film is entertainment, anyone wanting to be entertained will enjoy Colorado Woman of Film not just filmmakers. Not only that, but perhaps attendees will be moved or surprised or laugh out loud, AND get to meet some great woman of film that live and work right here in Colorado!

Q: This is the 4th year of CIWF. What’s been the best part/a favorite memory of the festival in years past?
MC: I only discovered Colorado Woman of Film last year sadly. I enjoyed it very much and am excited to see more and more woman involved in making high quality work every year and show their work here.

Q: We hold CIWF at The Bug Theatre. Why is The Bug a great home for this event?
MC: I LOVE The Bug Theater! Not only is the location comfortable and intimate with good screen and sound, it also is associated and run by the nicest most supportive people in town (possibly in the whole industry)!

Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
MC: “Monster” Midian Crosby and her husband Joshua Adams own Denver’s award winning practical special effects and makeup company MONSTER MAKEUP FX. Midian directed JUICE at the end of 2013, as a contest entry, and well… “because we COULD”. “We know some of the best people in Denver film and are proud of our little horror story.” Midian also designed and made the creature and prosthetic makeup used in JUICE.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
MChttps://www.facebook.com/MonsterMakeupFX

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about Colorado Independent Women of Film?
MC: Let’s do this!

Juice will screen Saturday, August 16th at 8:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre. Midian will also be hosting a panel Saturday at 4:00 p.m. called “Women and Special Effects with “Monster” Midian Crosby”. Details on the panel are below.

Saturday at 4:00p.m. – Women and Special Effects with “Monster” Midian Crosby
It seems like a lot more woman want to be special effects artists these days, with shows like Face Off, interest in the subject has drastically increased. It is still overwhelmingly male dominated as is the entertainment industry in general. What does this mean to those starting or struggling with being a woman in today’s market? “Monster” Midian Crosby was one of only a handful of woman learning the subject in school over a decade ago and after years of industry work experience now owns Monster Makeup FX an award winning special effects and makeup studio right here in Denver. She will share her experiences and advice and will answer your questions in this one hour event.

Meet the Filmmaker: Karen Morris, “Sham Cooke”

CIWF Filmmaker Interview: Karen Morris
Sham Cooke | https://vimeo.com/user13016924

karenmorrisQ: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
KM: I’m honored. I’m really excited to experience the Colorado Independent Women of Film for my first time! I’m heartened to know that this project is in existence and has so many supporters.

Q: What are your hopes for the event?
KM: I would like to have a great dialogue with the audience. I have stage fright, but getting up there will help me improve (I hope). I want to check out the programming, it sounds really promising. I also want to meet all the people behind the productions.

Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
KM: There are so few opportunities of this kind. I want to see the media more diversified, it’s important for a place that aspires to democratic ideals to have a multitude of voices, and you don’t see that ideal fulfilled often. It’s also interesting to consider our regional identity and how we might escape being homogenized through our peculiarities.

Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival? Is it just for the filmmaking community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?
KM: I hope it’s not just for filmmakers. I think adventurers or people that are tired of the obvious should come check out something new, something underfunded, something independent, something off the radar.

Q: This is the 4th year of CIWF. What’s been the best part/a favorite memory of the festival in years past?
KM: I’m about to find out.

Q: We hold CIWF at The Bug Theatre. Why is The Bug a great home for this event?
KM: The Bug provides a second home to birds of a feather. That is the heart of community building. The Colorado Independent film community needs this construction.

Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
KM: Sham Cooke is about a man with a hearing loss awaiting the arrival of a tribute band. It is the second installment in series of four non sequitur interviews.

Q: What else are you working on?
KM: I just finished a short story called The Summer of Love.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
KM: Well, the movies themselves are a bit weird. I was going for a Glamor Shots Saloon from outer space sort of look with Sham Cooke. I felt Sham Cooke and Dinner at Hate should look like melted VHS postcards recovered from the trunk of someone’s brain.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
KM: Vimeo, Youtube, Facebook and Linked In.

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about Colorado Independent Women of Film?
KM: Thank you, thank you, thank you Eileen!

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

Meet the Filmmaker: Jane Darling, “Behind Door Number 4”

CIWF Filmmaker Interview: Jane Darling
Behind Door Number 4 | http://www.spiropictures.com

Behind_Door_Number_4_Jane_DarlingQ: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
JD: Thrilled to be part of such an accomplished group of women – women who have inspired me with tenacity and talent.

Q: What are your hopes for the event?
JD: To meet other filmmakers, to see new things these artists have been working on.

Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
JD: Great showcase for local filmmakers. Important to build a local community for artistic support so film and creative pursuits can flourish and seem common in our culture.

Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival? Is it just for the filmmaking community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?
JD: Independent Film often shows innovation and content not seen in big box theater venues or standard Hollywood content. So anyone attending will see something amazing.

Q: This is the 4th year of CIWF. What’s been the best part/a favorite memory of the festival in years past?
JD: Getting to question the filmmakers to see where their inspiration comes from.

Q: We hold CIWF at The Bug Theatre. Why is The Bug a great home for this event?
JD: Bug Theater has supported creativity for years. Glad to support them since they support us. Also the Bug is a risk taker and will show a variety of performing arts. Something for all ages.

Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
JD: I lean towards surreal and science fiction and like to create movies with creative effects that support the central theme and story. I love movies – all kinds. This project shows a woman being haunted by her current life so I mixed reality with memories and metaphorical ghosts. Much like when we are trying to live but are pre-occupied worrying about people we are connected to, living in fear and going in circles. I wanted to dramatize that.

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about Colorado Independent Women of Film?
JD: It’s a unique venue. Thanks, Eileen for organizing it, I realize it’s a lot of work.

Q: What else are you working on?
JD: I am working on an anthology of science fiction shorts. Three will be mine and 2 from other filmmakers. For mine, one is about bigotry, one is about collateral damage of war, and the third about divine justice (if there is such a thing). Very Outer Limits. All in pre-production. I am constructing sets and moving them forward. Additionally, I am developing content for a weekly science fiction podcast that will be about the creative process of film, literature, all things sci-fi , and local things to for masters of geekness and assorted creative people.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
JD: http://www.spiropictures.com

Behind Door Number 4 will screen Saturday, August 16th at 8:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre.

Meet the Filmmaker: Jhené Chase, “The Fantastic Finneas Frook”

CIWF Filmmaker Interview: Jhené Chase
The Fantastic Finneas Frookhttps://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Fantastic-Finneas-Frook/489890471074346

jhenechaseQ: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
JC: I’m excited to participate for my second year and share the last film I’ve been working on with my team.

Q: What are your hopes for the event?
JC: Looking forward to meeting more female filmmakers in Denver and see their projects.

Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
JC: It’s monumentally important to focus on women filmmakers. We’re definitely in the minority and our stories are different from our male counterparts, our voices deserve to be explored and shared 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?
JC: Film combines art, culture and community. Anyone interested in any of the aforementioned elements should attend the festival.

Q: This is the 4th year of CIWF. What’s been the best part/a favorite memory of the festival in years past?
JC: Last year after the Q & A a mom came up to me and told me Caged Starling reminded her of her daughter. I happened to have an extra copy and was able to give it to her to share. I was touched that she got to take part of the experience home with her.

Q: We hold CIWF at The Bug Theatre. Why is The Bug a great home for this event?
JC: The Bug does so much every month supporting local filmmakers by hosting The Emerging Filmmakers Project and holding classes for local actors. It’s the perfect fit.

Q: Tell me briefly about your film/project.
JC: The Fantastic Finneas Frook is a passion project I created with other local filmmakers with the hope of further honing our storytelling skills and developing our voice. We created something really challenging for ourselves and learned so much in the process.

The Fantastic Finneas Frook will screen Saturday, August 16th at 8:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre.