Alison Smith

Meet the Filmmaker: Alison Smith, “3 Chords”

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Q: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
AS: I’m very excited to participate in this year’s festival. I love being a team player and being a part of bringing other peoples visions to life, but it feels good to focus on my own projects too and the things that got me excited about filmmaking to begin with.

Q: What are your hopes for the event?
AS: I’m interested in connecting with other women in this business and seeing how they are involved in filmmaking in Colorado. I want to see what they are passionate about and how they tell their stories.

Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
AS: I think it is important to focus on regional women filmmakers because we’re still a minority. I believe all local art needs to be promoted, but it’s especially important to put as much energy and momentum as we can behind women who have a point of view and want to use their voice in visual arts and storytelling. By doing so, we can help cultivate a culture where others are encouraged to believe they can do this too.

Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival? Is it just for the filmmaking community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?
AS: Anyone who is inspired by the creative process and who enjoys visual storytelling should attend.

Q: This is the 6th year of CIWF. What’s been the best part/a favorite memory of the festival in years past?
AS: First time attendee!

Q: We hold CIWF at The Bug Theatre. Why is The Bug a great home for this event?
AS: I have never attended this theatre, but I have heard a lot of good things about it and the lengths it goes to in order to sustain and nurture the local film and arts environment.

Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
AS: I am a production makeup artist from Colorado Springs, but I started out in this field as a video editor and produced my own documentaries. I’ve always loved music videos and wanted to film and edit something a little more on the creative side. This project came to life because of that desire.

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about Colorado Independent Women of Film?
AS: I wish I would have been paying more attention and found this organization sooner.

3 Chords will screen Friday, June 3rd at 7:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre.