CIWF Filmmaker Interview: Laurie Clemens
Q: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
LC: Honored. I’ve written many shorts and some features but this is my first project where I wrote, directed, produced and acted. I’m really proud of the cast and crew!
Q: What are your hopes for the event?
LC: I really hope that people like the film. I hope they think about the “beep in the night” differently. I hope to learn a lot from other film makers.
Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
LC: I think it’s very important. This industry seems to be dominated by men, certainly directing is male dominated and there are many more roles for male actors. Women have a different perspective on so many events and those stories need to be told.
Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival? Is it just for the filmmaking community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?
LC: I have quite a few friends that are not in the industry that are very excited about attending. Anyone who likes film should attend. Anyone who enjoys stories should attend.
Q: This is the 4th year of CIWF. What’s been the best part/a favorite memory of the festival in years past?
LC: This will be the first time I’ve had the opportunity to attend and I’m really looking forward to it.
Q: We hold CIWF at The Bug Theatre. Why is The Bug a great home for this event?
LC: The Bug is a community theater and this is symbolic of the great community of film in Denver AND the great community of women in film.
Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
LC: I’m a Colorado Native and have been acting for fifteen years and writing for nearly that long. I’ve written four feature films and numerous shorts. I hope to film at least one more short in the next year.
This film will hopefully scare you, if not at the Bug, then when you get home.
Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about Colorado Independent Women of Film?
LC: I’m thrilled to be a part of the festival and am glad that there’s a strong community of women in film here.
Q: What else are you working on?
LC: One of my feature length scripts, I Met Her at Birkenau, is a Quarterfinalist in the Scriptapalooza Screenplay contest. Hopefully I’ll make it to Semifinalist and on up. I’m hoping to shoot another short this year, either a historical drama or historical comedy. I’m also working on several other feature length scripts.
Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
LC: I’m currently working on my webpage and will have that information out on Facebook and through my agency, Big Fish Talent soon.
Deadvolt will screen Friday, August 15th at 7:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre.