Karen Morris

Meet the Filmmaker: Karen Morris, “Sham Cooke”

CIWF Filmmaker Interview: Karen Morris
Sham Cooke | https://vimeo.com/user13016924

karenmorrisQ: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
KM: I’m honored. I’m really excited to experience the Colorado Independent Women of Film for my first time! I’m heartened to know that this project is in existence and has so many supporters.

Q: What are your hopes for the event?
KM: I would like to have a great dialogue with the audience. I have stage fright, but getting up there will help me improve (I hope). I want to check out the programming, it sounds really promising. I also want to meet all the people behind the productions.

Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
KM: There are so few opportunities of this kind. I want to see the media more diversified, it’s important for a place that aspires to democratic ideals to have a multitude of voices, and you don’t see that ideal fulfilled often. It’s also interesting to consider our regional identity and how we might escape being homogenized through our peculiarities.

Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival? Is it just for the filmmaking community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?
KM: I hope it’s not just for filmmakers. I think adventurers or people that are tired of the obvious should come check out something new, something underfunded, something independent, something off the radar.

Q: This is the 4th year of CIWF. What’s been the best part/a favorite memory of the festival in years past?
KM: I’m about to find out.

Q: We hold CIWF at The Bug Theatre. Why is The Bug a great home for this event?
KM: The Bug provides a second home to birds of a feather. That is the heart of community building. The Colorado Independent film community needs this construction.

Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
KM: Sham Cooke is about a man with a hearing loss awaiting the arrival of a tribute band. It is the second installment in series of four non sequitur interviews.

Q: What else are you working on?
KM: I just finished a short story called The Summer of Love.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
KM: Well, the movies themselves are a bit weird. I was going for a Glamor Shots Saloon from outer space sort of look with Sham Cooke. I felt Sham Cooke and Dinner at Hate should look like melted VHS postcards recovered from the trunk of someone’s brain.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
KM: Vimeo, Youtube, Facebook and Linked In.

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about Colorado Independent Women of Film?
KM: Thank you, thank you, thank you Eileen!

Sham Cooke will screen Friday, August 15th at 7:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre.