2017 CIWF

Meet the Filmmaker: Hélène Daldoss, “Just a Hobby”

Just a Hobbyhttp://vimeo.com/helened

Q: What else are you working on?
HD: I am currently in pre-production on a new feature film, Captivity, which I wrote and will direct. The film will appeal to fans of the work of Kelly Reichardt, Derek Cianfrance, David Lynch, Michelangelo Antonioni, etc.  Information about the film, including a video, can be found at: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/captivity-cinema-drama#
Please contribute a few dollars in support of the production and share the link with others who are interested in supporting filmmakers in Colorado.
Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work
HDhttp://vimeo.com/helened

Meet the Filmmaker: Eileen Roscina Richardson, “From Away”

From Away | www.eileenroscina.com

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

Q: What are your hopes for the event?
ER: My hopes for this event are to meet other Colorado women making films, as well as experience some of the art being made in this great state.

Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
ER: I think it is extremely important to focus on local female work. In a male dominated industry, it is often difficult to get noticed or established. Events like CIWF offer great opportunities.

Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival? Is it just for the filmmaking community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?
ER: I am a filmmaker, but I also identify as an artist who used film as a medium. I think film is one of the most captivating and powerful art forms, and anyone who loves visual art, music or performance will certainly take away something from attending. That is the beauty of film- it brings so many expressive elements together.

Q: This is the 7th year of CIWF. Do you have a favorite memory of the festival (or screening at The Bug Theatre) in years past?
ER: Believe it or not- this is my first year!

Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
ER: I am a filmmaker/artist from Denver. I studied in Boston, earning a BFA in Film. My work largely consists of experimental silent shorts, that thematically deal with consciousnesses. From Away was shot in Maine and is about being an outsider to a community told through my relationship to animals.

Q: Tell us one unique thing about you and/or your movies?
ER: I shoot everything on 16mm film!

Q: What else are you working on?
ER: Right now I am working on a found footage piece where I am physically manipulating parts of the film strip. This new work is about family, anonymity and memory.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
ER: My website – eileenroscina.com

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to say about Colorado Independent Women of Film?
ER: Thank you for showing my film!

From Away will screen Friday, February 10th at 8:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre.

Meet the Filmmaker: Nancy Fingerhood, “Mile High Nancy Episode 3”

Mile High Nancy Episode 3 | www.confessionsofamiddleagedwomangonewild.wordpress.com

Q: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
NF: I feel honored to be part of this event. I am excited to share my work with the community.

Q: What are your hopes for the event?
NF: I hope we can learn from each other such as techniques, ideas to get locations, and creative sharing.

Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
NF: I think it is important to have a forum for women so we can collaborate and gain insight on the female perspective.

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: Anyone who loves local films and creative content should attend.

Q: This is the 7th year of CIWF. Do you have a favorite memory of the festival (or screening at The Bug Theatre) in years past?
NF: I’ve enjoyed going to all the screenings and I have been to several. I have to say I love hearing the crowd laugh when one of my videos is shown.

Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
NF: I am a local writer, producer and director who created a web series called Mile High Nancy. This is the third episode in the series and it shows the character of Nancy performing stand up and meeting Black Dick, a rapper/emcee.

Q: Tell us one unique thing about you and/or your movies?
NF: I focus on middle aged women a lot and love to incorporate the cannabis culture in my work. I have had a few women around the US contact me to thank me for publishing the series because they are moms who use cannabis for pain and illness. They have told me it makes them feel better to see a woman they can relate to.

Q: What else are you working on?
NF: I just finished filming episode 4 and I am working with an animator on a comedy short called Dicks Anonymous.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
NF: They can go to my YouTube channel Mile High Nancy and my blog www.confessionsofamiddleagedwomangonewild.wordpress.com

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to say about Colorado Independent Women of Film?
NF: Thank you for this opportunity.

Mile High Nancy Episode 3 will screen Friday, February 10th at 8:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre.

Meet the Filmmaker: Sheila Schroeder, “Happy F-ing Valentine’s Day”

Happy F-ing Valentine’s Dayhttp://happyf-ingvalentinesday.com/

Q: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
SS: It’s a great honor to screen at CIWF because the themes and goals expressed in our film Happy F-ing Valentine’s Day align with those of the festival. In the film we highlight the beauty of Colorado, and the struggles women face. Our film is a comedy/drama, so finding audiences that appreciate women protagonists driving the narrative is wonderful.

Q: What are your hopes for the event?
SS: I can’t wait to see all the work Colorado filmmakers have created. Women’s voices in front of and behind the camera are marginalized by mainstream media. Now is a chance to see a wider range of characters, perspectives and filmmakers.

Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
SS: CIWF is performing an incredible service to regional women filmmakers. Let’s revel in these alternative voices and learn more about them and ourselves.

Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival? Is it just for the filmmaking community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?
SS: Anyone interested in storytelling would have a blast at this festival. There is a creative richness at this fest that’s welcoming to all.

Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
SS: Happy F-ing Valentine’s Day, as we like to say, is a comedy with heart. It’s a film that is quite personal in that the journey of the main character, Rhonda, is a journey of recovery from a very difficult loss. Ultimately she finds hope but not before some quirky hijinks.

Shot completely in Nederland, CO, this is the first film created by Project DU F.I.L.M. (film initiative linking mentors) a collaborative filmmaking endeavor that brings University of Denver faculty, alumni and students together to make a film. Our alumni have been incredible mentors to our students and everyone has found a place in our feminist collective. Our most incredible mentors are men working in the local film community.

Q: Tell us one unique thing about you and/or your movies?
SS: The film is based on a true story. It’s fun to watch the film and try and figure out what that true story really is.

Q: What else are you working on?
SS: I’m working on a new short film called Scary Lucy that focuses on a multi-identity cast and is based on a statue of the same name that was dedicated to Lucille Ball. Google “scary lucy” and be prepared to be amazed!

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
SS:
http://happyf-ingvalentinesday.com/
https://www.facebook.com/happyfingvalentinesday
https://www.facebook.com/projectdufilm

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to say about Colorado Independent Women of Film?
SS: Thank you for the opportunity to share our work with your audience. CIWF and the Bug Theatre Rule!!

Happy F-ing Valentine’s Day will screen Saturday, February 11th at 8:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre.