Erin Kelly

Meet the Filmmaker: Erin Kelly, “The Old Man”

unspecifiedQ: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
EK: I am excited to be screening The Old Man in Colorado Women of Film. It feels rewarding and gratifying to be able to showcase work locally so that the cast and crew can have an opportunity to celebrate the work.

Q: What are your hopes for the event?
EK: I aim to have fun and celebrate with the rockstar crew that worked on the film. I hope to connect with other filmmakers. I also hope to connect with people and organizations who have experienced or are working with the topic of my film. Which I won’t tell you, you should just come see it. If I tell you what it is about it will spoil it. Just come.

Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
EK: This is a bit of a double edged sword for me. As a women filmmaker, I am thrilled to be on the front lines of this gender shift. Men have dominated the industry since the beginning of it and I believe its about damn time to shine the spotlight on the talent of women. However I fear that we are jumping too far the other direction and not actually seeing a victory over sexism. We are experiencing the same paradigm shift in the acting world, in the industries movement to normalize/diversify the field they have gone too far in the other direction, there are too few to no roles for white people any more. On the one hand, like with women flowing into the industry, its about damn time, white people have been dominating acting roles, it is time to share the wealth, normalize, but eliminating the other side isn’t the answer either.

Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival? Is it just for the filmmaking community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?
EK: Anyone who enjoys movies should come. Anyone who enjoys celebrating local talent should come. Anyone who believes in celebrating the kickass accomplishments of women should come.

Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
EK: I am a women, I am from Colorado and I am a filmmaker, but I’m sure you already gathered that 🙂 The Old Man was shot in Boulder in fall of last year and this will be the second festival screening. This was one of the easiest and natural film project that I have done, everything pretty seamlessly came together. The story also felt really important to tell right now.

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about Colorado Independent Women of Film?
EK: I’m so glad you are here, celebrating Colorado women in film. I am honored to be part of the festival.

The Old Man will screen Saturday, June 4th at 8:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre.