Q: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
EP: Honored and grateful.
Q: What are your hopes for the event?
EP: I hope it will be a great celebration full of amazing work and amazing artists! I hope the vibe is supportive and people grow new connections.
Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
EP: Very important! We will never be able to smash the patriarchy and the sexism ingrained in our psyches unless the stories we tell and hear come from a diverse array of genders and backgrounds. Also, it is important to focus on regional women filmmakers because it opens doors for filmmakers in communities other than NYC and LA, also improving the industry opportunities available in those communities.
Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival? Is it just for the filmmaking community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?
EP: Non-filmmakers should attend too because they will be supporting Colorado women in film AND they will get the chance to see some great work they might not have access to otherwise.
Q: This is the 8th year of CIWF. Do you have a favorite memory of the festival (or screening at The Bug Theatre) in years past?
EP: Yes – I screened in March at the Emerging Filmmaker’s Project and that was magical. It was my first time seeing Tenny on a full-sized theatre screen, and it was inspiring to hear from so many other Colorado filmmakers.
Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
EP: I was born and raised in Colorado, attended DSA in Denver, and then went to SMU in Dallas to get my BFA in theatre. I moved to NYC in August of 2017 to pursue theatre arts, but happenstance landed on some film projects. I loved working on them and was inspired to make my first film – this is Tenny! With friends and borrowed equipment (the brunette actress in the film is also from Colorado), we filmed around all of our day jobs. It was a life-changing experience and got me into filmmaking for the rest of my life!
Q: Tell us one unique thing about you and/or your movies?
EP: I also have an obsession with foreign languages.
Q: What else are you working on?
EP: Currently, I am in post for High, a short film set in my hometown of Tabernash, CO.
Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
EP: Find out about High here: https://www.seedandspark.com/fund/high#updates/16501
Or follow me on instagram @meimeimeimeimeimei – I’m working on getting a website soon!
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to say about Colorado Independent Women of Film?
EP: Thank you so much for including Tenny in this year’s festival!
Tenny will screen Saturday, May 19th at 4:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre.