Emily Schooley

Meet the Filmmaker: Emily Schooley, “Life and the Art of Lying”

Life and the Art of Lyinghttps://www.patreon.com/EmilySchooley

Q: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
ES: I’m thrilled to have Life and the Art of Lying be recognized by the selection committee, and to be able to share my women-led film with everyone. As you’ll see in the film, the only male speaking roles are relegated to one scene, and for everyone behind the camera, I do my best to only work with women and feminist men on my sets.

Q: What are your hopes for the event?
ES: I hope that filmgoers are inspired and challenged by the works they see, and that each filmmaker has a packed house to appreciate their work. From what I’ve seen of the programming lineup, it looks like a great, diverse block of films.

Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
ES: Definitely important – and it’s our time to shine!

Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival? Is it just for the filmmaking community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?
ES: Film festivals are absolutely for everyone. If people are willing to spend close to $20 to go see a major blockbuster made by big star names, they should be willing to spend at least that much to invest in works by their friends, family, neighbours, and even strangers in their community. Every artist needs their first fan, and there’s always a chance you’ll find someone new whose work blows you away.

Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
ES: Life and the Art of Lying originally came about after a combination of two things: a dream I had, where I was left with a stark visual image of two women on a beach, and an errant thought I’d had, about whether modern medicine might have cures for illnesses that they’re not telling us about, because it’s not profitable. The film is also subtlely influced by one of my favourite films, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

It’s the story of Charlie: a bubbly queer artist who heads into a new year surrounded by her closest friends. But her plans for carefree fun are dashed when she is suddenly confronted with a health crisis. Not wanting to burden those she loves with her news, Charlie lies repeatedly to cover up the severity of her situation. With no easy cures at hand, Charlie turns to her medical doctor, Dr. Simone, and chooses to secretly pursue a renegade solution for her illness. And, as Charlie’s feelings for her best friend Mara grow stronger, the two women are both forced to confront the painful truths they have been avoiding.

Q: Tell us one unique thing about you and/or your movies?
ES: All of my work that I write and direct focuses on women-driven and queer narratives, to varying degrees. In the past, I’ve actually turned down directing work for stories that portrayed women poorly.

Q: What else are you working on?
ES: Amongst other projects, I’m developing a new comedic webseries and a feature horror film. I’m also an actor as well as a filmmaker, and am acting in several theatre shows and films over the next few months. My summer is pretty packed already and I am excited! Though someone needs to get on inventing transporters, because I still can’t be everywhere I want to be and do everything I want to do.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
ES: I recently set up a Patreon for folks who want to get to know me and support my work: https://www.patreon.com/EmilySchooley
I’m also @EmilySchooley on Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, and Facebook

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to say about Colorado Independent Women of Film?
ES: You’re a fantastic group, and you now have my eternal love for programming my work. 😽

Life and the Art of Lying will screen Saturday, May 19th at 8:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre.