Catrin Efken

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

CIWF Filmmaker Interivew: Catrin Efken
Poet’s Despair

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:

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