Jhené Chase

Meet the Filmmaker: Jhené Chase, “The Fantastic Finneas Frook”

CIWF Filmmaker Interview: Jhené Chase
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jhenechaseQ: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
JC: I’m excited to participate for my second year and share the last film I’ve been working on with my team.

Q: What are your hopes for the event?
JC: Looking forward to meeting more female filmmakers in Denver and see their projects.

Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
JC: It’s monumentally important to focus on women filmmakers. We’re definitely in the minority and our stories are different from our male counterparts, our voices deserve to be explored and shared with an audience.

Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival? Is it just for the filmmaking community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?
JC: Film combines art, culture and community. Anyone interested in any of the aforementioned elements should attend the festival.

Q: This is the 4th year of CIWF. What’s been the best part/a favorite memory of the festival in years past?
JC: Last year after the Q & A a mom came up to me and told me Caged Starling reminded her of her daughter. I happened to have an extra copy and was able to give it to her to share. I was touched that she got to take part of the experience home with her.

Q: We hold CIWF at The Bug Theatre. Why is The Bug a great home for this event?
JC: The Bug does so much every month supporting local filmmakers by hosting The Emerging Filmmakers Project and holding classes for local actors. It’s the perfect fit.

Q: Tell me briefly about your film/project.
JC: The Fantastic Finneas Frook is a passion project I created with other local filmmakers with the hope of further honing our storytelling skills and developing our voice. We created something really challenging for ourselves and learned so much in the process.

The Fantastic Finneas Frook will screen Saturday, August 16th at 8:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre.

Meet the Filmmaker: Jhené Chase, “Caged Starling” and “The Fantastic Finneas Frook” (trailer)

534021_619280378102776_1309981115_nCIWF Filmmaker Interview with Jhené Chase
Writer, Director, Production Designer, Caged Starling and The Fantastic Finneas Frook (trailer)
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Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?

JC: I’ve always been a storyteller. Film was the first medium that combined all my interests: storytelling, art and fashion. It has also become a source of growth for me as I’ve tried to tackle personal turmoil in each project.

Q: What are we going to see at CIWF? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?

JC: At CIWF you’ll see my second film “Caged Starling” and the trailer for my third film, “The Fantastic Finneas Frook”. Both screened at the Emerging Filmmakers Project. My plans for each are to develop feature length scripts with the hopes of one of them being my first feature directorial debut.

Q: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?

JC: I’m so excited! It’s wonderful to think that I’ll be included alongside some of the amazing women representing film locally.

Q: What are your hopes for the event?

JC: I look forward to meeting other filmmakers in the community and getting feedback on my work.

Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?

JC: The great thing about focusing on regional female filmmakers is that we get to see not only the kinds of films that women are creating but we get a snapshot of the time and the place in which those films are made. Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival? Is it just for the filmmaking community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?

I think anyone that enjoys art or film should attend. It’s invigorating to see work made out of the Hollywood system and it can open your perspective.

Q: Tell us one unique thing about you and/or your movies?

JC: My favorite thing about writing is working with personal material and finding a way to make it cinematic. From a visual perspective, I think the films have a very handmade feel. Q: What else are you working on?

I’m currently in post with “The Fantastic Finneas Frook”, I’m shooting a short documentary in October and I have a surrealist passion project where I’m looking to develop a second visual voice using magical realism.

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about Colorado Independent Women of Film?

JC: I feel so lucky to be a woman making independent film in Colorado and I look forward to seeing the other work being represented by the community.

Caged Starling and The Fantastic Finneas Frook (trailer) will screen Saturday August 17th at 7:30pm at The Bug Theatre.