Q: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
ML: I’m so grateful to be part of an event that celebrates female-filmmakers! I’m a strong believer that accurate representation starts behind the scenes, so it’s important to celebrate films that not only have female casts, but female writers, directors, and crews as well.
Q: What are your hopes for the event?
ML: I hope that everyone who attends this event sees not only the power of women in film, but also the diversity of women in film. Even though we’re all women, everyone is so different and unique, spreading across all genres and subjects, and I know the films will reflect that.
Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
ML: SO important! Female-creators within any industry, but especially the film industry, are incredibly underrepresented, so it’s essential that communities work together to lift up and highlight the stories and voices that are seldom given the spotlight.
Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival? Is it just for the filmmaking community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?
ML: Everyone who is interested in film, regardless of experience, should attend! Denver has some amazing unknown filmmakers, and festivals are a great way to not only see the independent work that’s out there, but also to support our own creative community, and meet new like-minded people you may be able to collaborate with in the future.
Q: This is the 9th year of CIWF. Do you have a favorite memory of the festival (or screening at The Bug Theatre) in years past?
ML: I’ve been attending EFP events for a couple years now, and I had my first ever screening in February 2019! It’s so surreal and validating to see your work projected on a large screen in front of a live audience, and it’s also a great environment to be around other filmmakers and film-enthusiasts.
Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
ML: I’m a comedy screenwriter who aspires to work on TV shows for kids and teens, and I’m co-creator of Sad Girl Productions, a Denver-based film production company that creates diverse, inclusive, female-centric films; one of them being I Put the Bi in Bitter which will be screening! I Put the Bi in Bitter is a cute and lighthearted comedy webseries about a bisexual teenager and her lesbian BFF as they navigate high school, deal with friendship/crushes, and all the other shenanigans that come from being young. If you can’t make the screening, you can watch the series for free on youtube: youtube.com/sadgirlproductions
Q: Tell us one unique thing about you and/or your movies?
ML: As a gay woman of color, I strive to represent minorities in my writing, and my stories often highlight LGBT and POC communities. I’m also very passionate about kid-friendly writing. I think a huge thing LGBT media is missing right now is being accessible to a younger audience, so I love to create non-dramatic, non-tragic, non-sexual stories that normalize being gay, especially while being young. Basically, like many other people, we create the content we wish we had growing up.
Q: What else are you working on?
ML: My team and I are currently in pre-production for I Put the Bi in Bitter Season 3, which we plan to shoot in June and have released on youtube later this year!
Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org(I absolutely love talking to new people, so please feel free to reach out about anything! Whether that’s looking to collaborate, talking about a project I’ve done, sending over an interesting article, or just saying hi!)
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to say about Colorado Independent Women of Film?
ML: Thank you for supporting women in film, and I’m very excited to see this organization grow even bigger in the coming years!
I Put the Bi in Bitter – Season One will screen Saturday, May 11th at 3:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre.