Jane Darling

Meet the Filmmaker: Jane Darling, “Violet By the Sea”, “Beware the Cats at Starz Pet Universe”

Violet By the Sea; Beware the Cats at Starz Pet Universewww.spiropictures.com

Q: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
JD: I am thrilled and honored to be in the film festival. It’s a terrific showcase of Colorado films. I love being part of the event. The room is filled with positive energy. It’s magical!

Q: What are your hopes for the event?
JD: To meet other filmmakers and see how creative women are using their voice in this media. To see some amazing innovation in visuals and story. To see young artists make movies.

Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
JD: This event raises awareness for all film production in Colorado. It showcases the talent and voices of women filmmakers who live here. And typically uses Colorado actors, a very talented group of people who bring our stories to life..

Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival? Is it just for the film making community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?
JD: You won’t see these films at the local AMC. These types of films are unique and innovative. The films cover a wide variety of topics and are fun to watch! I am inspired by the young filmmakers I see. And people who might be interested in making their own movies will see completed projects that started as an idea and ended up on the big screen with an audience and lots of clapping!

Q: This is the 7th year of CIWF. Do you have a favorite memory of the festival (or screening at The Bug Theatre) in years past?
JD: I’ve attended most of them. No favorite over the other. I often see filmmakers grow and evolve leaps and bounds year over year as they keep producing. That’s inspiring.

Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
JD: I am an artist and writer. Film making combines both. It’s challenging and I learn new skills every time I make a movie. I am now focusing on science fiction/fantasy, not action movies, but character driven and hopefully innovative, complex science fiction themed stories.

Q: Tell us one unique thing about you and/or your movies?
JD: There is always a surreal element in my movies, something visual or in the story.

Q: What else are you working on?
JD: I am working on a feature length science fiction film. Working title is The Last Intern. It’s about a friendly medical intern who’s left for dead on a barren world and is recovered generations later by the descendant of the bigot who left him there to die. The intern is valuable salvage parts from a long lost technology and would not trust a human now even if his life depended on it, but it does and he must work together with his rescuer to escape the deadly planet and get his second chance at life and love.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
JD: www.spiropictures.com

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to say about Colorado Independent Women of Film?
JD: The talent and ages of the filmmakers run across a broad spectrum. I am often inspired by the younger ones who bring a fresh vision to film making. Best film festival in Denver.

Beware the Cats at Starz Pet Universe will screen Saturday, February 11th at 4:00pm and Violet By the Sea will screen Saturday at 8:00p.m. at The Bug Theatre.

Meet the Filmmaker: Jane Darling, “Behind Door Number 4”

CIWF Filmmaker Interview: Jane Darling
Behind Door Number 4 | http://www.spiropictures.com

Behind_Door_Number_4_Jane_DarlingQ: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
JD: Thrilled to be part of such an accomplished group of women – women who have inspired me with tenacity and talent.

Q: What are your hopes for the event?
JD: To meet other filmmakers, to see new things these artists have been working on.

Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
JD: Great showcase for local filmmakers. Important to build a local community for artistic support so film and creative pursuits can flourish and seem common in our culture.

Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival? Is it just for the filmmaking community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?
JD: Independent Film often shows innovation and content not seen in big box theater venues or standard Hollywood content. So anyone attending will see something amazing.

Q: This is the 4th year of CIWF. What’s been the best part/a favorite memory of the festival in years past?
JD: Getting to question the filmmakers to see where their inspiration comes from.

Q: We hold CIWF at The Bug Theatre. Why is The Bug a great home for this event?
JD: Bug Theater has supported creativity for years. Glad to support them since they support us. Also the Bug is a risk taker and will show a variety of performing arts. Something for all ages.

Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
JD: I lean towards surreal and science fiction and like to create movies with creative effects that support the central theme and story. I love movies – all kinds. This project shows a woman being haunted by her current life so I mixed reality with memories and metaphorical ghosts. Much like when we are trying to live but are pre-occupied worrying about people we are connected to, living in fear and going in circles. I wanted to dramatize that.

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about Colorado Independent Women of Film?
JD: It’s a unique venue. Thanks, Eileen for organizing it, I realize it’s a lot of work.

Q: What else are you working on?
JD: I am working on an anthology of science fiction shorts. Three will be mine and 2 from other filmmakers. For mine, one is about bigotry, one is about collateral damage of war, and the third about divine justice (if there is such a thing). Very Outer Limits. All in pre-production. I am constructing sets and moving them forward. Additionally, I am developing content for a weekly science fiction podcast that will be about the creative process of film, literature, all things sci-fi , and local things to for masters of geekness and assorted creative people.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
JD: http://www.spiropictures.com

Behind Door Number 4 will screen Saturday, August 16th at 8:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre.