Meet the Filmmaker

Meet the Filmmaker: Nancy Fingerhood, “Mile High Nancy Episode 6: Mom Jeans and Comedy Dreams”

Q: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
NF: I am always honored to be selected.

Q: What are your hopes for the event?
NF: I hope the creative juices are flowing and I know I will see great films.

Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
NF: It is very important especially to get more women into technical roles.

Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival? Is it just for the filmmaking community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?
NF: I think all people would enjoy it and the entire community should attend as you never know what can inspire you.

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?
NF: I just enjoy the energy and positive crowd.

Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
NF: I am a writer and filmmaker originally from New Jersey. This is the 6th episode of my web series Mile High Nancy.

Q: Tell us one unique thing about you and/or your movies?
NF: I don’t know if it is unique but I try to use the same people in my videos as they are great talented people.

Q: What else are you working on?
NF: I am working on a spoof about texting.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
NF: Look up Mile High Nancy on YouTube.

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to say about Colorado Independent Women of Film?
NF: Please come out and join us!

Mile High Nancy Episode 6: Mom Jeans and Comedy Dreams will screen Saturday, May 11th at 1:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre.

Meet the Filmmaker: Shannon K. Dunn, “Losing Sight”

Q: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
SD: I am honored to be included, thank you!

Q: What are your hopes for the event?
SD: I’d love to encourage more women filmmakers to know they can film in Colorado, using SAG-AFTRA actors is super easy and there are a lot of talented film folks here. I am always looking to network – finding other women crew in Denver is exciting to me!

Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
SD: I think it’s very important as there are so many talented women whose voices should be heard! Unfortunately, I think the professional-level opportunities are somewhat limited, but for those who can create and produce their own content, the possibilities are endless!

Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival? Is it just for the filmmaking community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?
SD: I think it’s important for filmmakers, actors, writers, producers and crew members, but also for anyone who loves film ~ the creativity and stories are unique and not main-stream.

Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
SD: I have spent 25+ years working in the entertainment business in some form. I started as an actor, and still actively pursue roles, but have been writing scripts lately and have quite a few that have been purchased/optioned. One of the main reasons I decided to direct Losing Sight was seeing how some of my scripts were produced/directed by others and I was not only disappointed but also a bit angry with the quality/acting of the finished films. I had one specifically that was a comedy, but the finished film ended up dramatic in style (and the casting/acting was just horrendous – it was completely opposite from the character descriptions, I was furious!) – I even asked the producer/director if I could buy the rights back from him! He declined, but it just fueled my passion to make a film that I envisioned.

Q: Tell us one unique thing about you and/or your movies?
SD: I try to evoke an emotion from the audience — whether it’s laughter or sadness – I want a tiny part to be remembered if possible.

Q: What else are you working on?
SD: My writing partner, Tony Jerris and I have just completed 6 (yes, 6!) Christmas-themed movies – 3 of which were optioned and one is currently in negotiations – we are under an NDA, so can’t elaborate, but he and I write interesting, funny and well-rounded stories together — on my own, I have just completed writing a few feature film scripts and 2 TV-series. As a performer, I have just completed a comedic role in a short film and was hired as a series regular for a web-series filming here in Denver! I am deciding if I want to film my next short — I am aiming for 100% women cast and crew – and of course, film in Colorado, just need to refine the script (it’s an interesting twist based on a Twitter Feed I read, “what if men had a 9PM curfew”). I don’t want it to be man-bashing, so I’m working out the kinks (rewriting and rewriting) before I commit to pre-production.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
SD: www.shannonkdunn.com — or for most of the commercials I produce (my ‘day job’) – I own a licensing company www.brigidmedia.com

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to say about Colorado Independent Women of Film?
SD: Thank you for supporting Colorado Independent Women in Film – I look forward to and hope to continue to participate your many more years of success!

Losing Sight will screen Saturday, May 11th at 1:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre.

Meet the Filmmaker: Kelsey Bliss, “Steampunk Cowboy”

Q: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
KB: I am very excited to be selected in my first film festival.

Q: What are your hopes for the event?
KB: My hopes is to have fun and to be able to show my film to an audience that was made to honor Historic Elitch Theatre and the Steampunk Genre.

Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
KB: It’s very important for women to share their creative talents and to have a festival that focuses on women.

Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival? Is it just for the filmmaking community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?
KB: Everybody, including my family and the people involved in our films.

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?
KB: This is my first year.

Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
KB: This is my first film and I took a class at the Elitch Theatre Academy that honored the first silent films that screened at Historic Elitch Theatre in 1896 by Thomas Edison.

Q: Tell us one unique thing about you and/or your movies?
KB: I made this when I was twelve and my dog Lola starred in this film.

Q: What else are you working on?
KB: I have been helping my Dad, Michael Bliss on the film Hush Little Baby in honor of Patrick Sheridan who was my Acting Coach and was helping us with this film. I miss him so much.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
KB: You can find out more about Historic Elitch Theatre at ETFest.com or HistoricElitchTheatre.org

I volunteer there and I don’t have my own website yet.

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to say about Colorado Independent Women of Film?
KB: I really support this because they are helping women have a venue to screen their work with an audience and to have a voice through their art. Thank you so much for accepting me and my film Steampunk Cowboy. I am honored to be a part of this.

Steampunk Cowboy will screen Saturday, May 11th at 1:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre.

Meet the Filmmaker: Pamela Cuming, “The Road Home”

The Road Homehttps://www.imdb.com/name/nm1626458/

Q: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
PC: Thrilled! So glad to be a part of the festival which supports women filmmakers!

Q: What are your hopes for the event?
PC: I hope the event is wildly successful and that festival goers will continue to support women in film.

Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
PC: It feel it’s vital. Supporting women filmmakers from a regional standpoint expresses what is trending (or not) in the area creatively. It gives us a voice to be heard visually/emotionally through the medium of film.

Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival? Is it just for the filmmaking community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?
PC: Aside from the well known world wide festivals; Sundance etc. most festivals have a more intimate venue exposing voices that otherwise might not be heard. It’s a wonderful experience to watch independent films where subject matter and style can be unique, moving and wonderfully creative.

Q: This is the 8th year of CIWF. Do you have a favorite memory of the festival (or screening at The Bug Theatre) in years past?
PC: I’ve greatly enjoyed past experiences at The Bug Theater. Such a cool venue.

Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
PC: Lots of years in the business as an actress, playwright, screenwriter, –my co-written screenplay; Downloading Nancy starring Maria Bello and Jason Patric was produced in LA and was selected for the Sundance Film Festival in 2008. That was quite a ride! The Road Home is a short film that I’ve extracted from a full-length feature of mine that was originally presented as a stage play in Los Angeles, Texas, and CO entitled Jane & Mabel. It is my fourth short film. I really wanted to tell a story about a day in the life of two homeless gals, the simple pleasures we tend to take for granted as well as the challenges of their everyday lives on the streets.

Q: Tell us one unique thing about you and/or your movies?
PC: I love to explore quirky, character-driven touching stories about women.

Q: What else are you working on?
PC: My writing partner and I are currently working with a producer and director in LA with our optioned screenplay entitled 1031. As that continues to move forward, I’m currently developing a new feature length script.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
PC: I believe the trailer for Downloading Nancy can be found anywhere. My short film The Rose Garden is still listed with Gaiam Entertainment and available to view. I’m also found on IMDB.

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to say about Colorado Independent Women of Film?
PC: Grateful that it exists and that I have the opportunity to be a part of it once again – thank you!!

Meet the Filmmaker: Diane Bell, “Of Dust and Bones”

OF DUST AND BONES | http://www.ofdustandbones.com/

Q: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
DB: Absolutely honored and thrilled. This will be the first time OF DUST AND BONES has played in Denver and I’m excited to share it with my friends here.

Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
DB: Given the lack of representation of women in film, I would say incredibly important. To be given a platform to share work is vital if female filmmakers (and particularly women who are not based in LA or NYC) are going to thrive.

Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival? Is it just for the filmmaking community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?
DB: Anyone who enjoys films that stretch beyond the parameters of the mainstream norm should come. These are not the movies you will find at your local multiplex, and so they will nourish you in unexpected ways. The chance to meet and discuss films with the filmmakers can also be a lot of fun.

Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
DB: OF DUST AND BONES is my third feature (my first Obselidia played at this festival a couple of years ago and also won awards at Sundance; my second, Bleeding Heart, premiered at Tribeca and was widely released after that). It’s a film I had to make – one that explores some difficult subjects (grief, the ongoing devastation in Syria, how we live in a violent world) – but that hopefully provides a cathartic space to reflect on them. It’s not an easy film; it requires patience and thought from the audience, so if action movies are your thing, give this one a skip. But if you enjoy films that allow space for you to think, this one is for you.

Q: Tell us one unique thing about you and/or your movies?
DB: One unique thing about this particular movie is I shot it with most of the cast and crew who worked on my first one, Obselidia. The big difference? We shot the first one in Death Valley, and this one in the desert near Joshua Tree.

Q: What else are you working on?
DB: I have just completed a book about filmmaking which will come out later in the year. It’s called SHOOT FROM THE HEART and it is a guide to making a standout indie film based on my real life experiences. It’s already available for pre-order on Amazon. My aim is to inspire and empower aspiring filmmakers everywhere, especially those who have not had much of a voice in Hollywood.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
DB: Besides from writing and directing films, I also teach workshops on filmmaking, including screenwriting classes at the Lighthouse Writer’s Workshop in Denver. Check out www.rebelheartfilm.com for the latest.

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to say about Colorado Independent Women of Film?
DB: Can’t wait to see some of the other films and to hang out with awesome people. Thank you so much for creating this incredible and important event!

Of Dust and Bones will screen Saturday, May 19th at 6:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre.

Meet the Filmmaker: Shannon Malloy, “Losing Faith”

Losing Faith

Q: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
SM: I am so thrilled to be returning to CIWF with Losing Faith! I loved getting to show my last film Toothbrush here in 2016. It’s so exciting to be welcomed back!

Q: What are your hopes for the event?
SM: I hope to celebrate women in this industry that is designed for men. This is a great opportunity to showcase equality as well as see some amazing films on the screen.

Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
SM: It’s so important. We need to stick together and support one another! Being isolated because of gender is such a silly thing; I’m glad this festival highlights that women can be just as strong as men!

Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival? Is it just for the film community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?
SM: Everybody! We make films for humans; anyone of all backgrounds can come together and escape into a film. We are storytellers for a reason, come get lost with us.

Q: This is the 8th year of CIWF. Do you have a favorite memory of the festival (or screening at The Bug Theatre) in years past?
SM: In 2016 it was surreal to get to show my first film here that I directed. Standing on that stage and seeing my family in the audience supporting me among a group of people who loved the film was such a cool experience.

Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
SM: Losing Faith is a story about following your heart and having to deal with the consequences of that decision. We scrapped 2 days of filming on this project because Grant Worden (the director) and I weren’t happy with how the footage strayed from the story. So we went back to square one and threw together a scrappy re-shoot that was everything we wanted and more. I’m so proud and thankful that we got to tell this story the way we wanted to.

Q: Tell us one unique thing about you and/or your movies?
SM: The heart of Losing Faith is centered around women and their journeys. We had a female writer, cinematographer, and editor because it was important to us to have that feminine touch. Plus, the talent of these women continues to blow me away, and I’m so thankful we got to embrace their visions. The film is also dedicated to my mom, for teaching me what it means to have faith.

Q: What else are you working on?
SM: I’m currently writing and working to get represented in LA. Plus I’m graduating college, how crazy is that? I’m so excited to throw myself fully into this industry.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
SM: Email me: shannonmalloy07@gmail.com and my IMDB page will be up soon!

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to say about Colorado Independent Women of Film?
SM: Thank you so much!! You rock CIWF!

Meet the Filmmaker: Rio Rivera, “Reimbursement”

Reimbursement

Q: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
RR: I feel incredibly honored and thankful to be participating in the festival.

Q: What are your hopes for the event?
RR: My hopes are to meet like-minded folks and filmmakers in the region so we can collaborate and create more pieces together.

Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival? Is it just for the filmmaking community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?
RR: I think a festival of this kind will help encourage filmmakers and cinephiles alike to participate and collaborate with one another. Just because you’re not a filmmakers doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to go to the festival or wouldn’t enjoy it. If you like film, and want to hear and see different kinds of art and stories, then this would be a good festival to attend.

Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
RR: I’ll be a graduate of Video Production from MSU Denver by the time this short gets screened and am incredibly excited to start working on more projects. This particular short was actually a final project for one of our classes and the writer, Rick Foster, and director, Wright Hugus, asked me to help with their project as Director of Photography. I could not have done this without them and their talents. The story of Reimbursement is an important one to tell because more people experience this kind of unacceptable behavior than we know, and are ashamed to admit it for various reasons. The message encourages people to be strong and believe in their own strength and voice, and to not be dissuaded by others who do and say otherwise.

Q: Tell us one unique thing about you and/or your movies?
RR: I think that this particular short is an incredibly important story to tell. More and more are we hearing about sexual assault cases and the silence the victims feel they need to keep. Not keeping silent about it and speaking up to bring justice to the offender is the right thing to do. No one should ever feel the need to keep quiet or feel obligated to owe something to someone just because they did something nice for you. True kindness should always be a selfless act; expecting something in return for an “act of kindness” is selfish and truly unkind. The power trip that is associated with that kind of behavior needs to be stopped. And the more we recognize that kind of toxic behavior, the more people will feel stronger to speak up for themselves and others.

Q: What else are you working on?
RR: I am currently working on putting together a YouTube story channel about real people and events. I know that’s pretty vague! But once I full fleshed it out, I’ll be able to talk about it more 🙂

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to say about Colorado Independent Women of Film?
RR: Thank you again so much for recognizing my crew and I for this event! We are truly honored to be part of this event. I am looking forward to seeing the work and meeting some other rad filmmakers out there!

Meet the Filmmaker: Jamie Oliver, “Free”

Freejomptv.com

Q: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
JO: I am ecstatic to be a part of the Colorado Independent Women of Film. It is an honor to have my short film Free showcased along with other local, independent filmmakers.

Q: What are your hopes for the event?
JO: My hopes for this event is to bring awareness to our community about the women in the Colorado film industry and the stories we have to share.

Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
JO: It’s important to bring focus on regional women in filmmaking because we are here and we have unique and diverse stories to share. By focusing on regional women, it will us grow as well as start paving the way for future local women filmmakers to grow their independent film companies here in Colorado.

Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival? Is it just for the filmmaking community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?
JO: I believe everyone would enjoy attending this festivals because they would get to see some interesting stories and meet the women who created them.

Q: This is the 8th year of CIWF. Do you have a favorite memory of the festival (or screening at The Bug Theatre) in years past?
JO: My first festival was three years ago and I had recently come back to Denver to complete my film degree. Having no idea if I could truly make a career here in film, my girlfriend bought us tickets to this little film festival. Seeing the different stories and hearing the various women describe their experiences in making and developing their pieces confirmed to me that I wanted to be someone to see my work up there as well.

Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
JO: Born in Mount Vernon, NY, moved to Denver and graduated from Metropolitan State University with a Bachelor Video Productions, then started my own company in 2016. Free is a story about a couple at a turning point in their relationship.

Q: Tell us one unique thing about you and/or your movies?
JO: One unique thing about me undeniable honest and my projects display the same.

Q: What else are you working on?
JO: I am currently on another short film, new episodes of my web doc series, and music videos.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
JO: You can find me at jomptv.com, or on Facebook Jamie Oliver on Instagram under jomptv, lastly on YouTube Jomptv.

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to say about Colorado Independent Women of Film?
JO: We need festivals like Colorado independent Women of Film to continue to showcase women’s works so we have an opportunity for others to see and appreciate our art.

Meet the Filmmaker: Brandy Mello, “Barking Brave”

Barking Brave

Q: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
BM: We are very excited that Barking Brave was selected to be screened at the CIWF!

Q: What are your hopes for the event?
BM: I am disappointed that I will miss the event. I would’ve loved to have seen all the other films and hear from other filmmakers. Although, I am pleased that Catrine Watt, our Assistant Director and Production Designer will be available to attend and answer questions.

Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
BM: Focusing on women allows for an entirely different conversation to take place in the uniqueness of the stories told.

Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival?
BM: Is it just for the filmmaking community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend? Anyone interested in film.

Q: This is the 8th year of CIWF. Do you have a favorite memory of the festival (or screening at The Bug Theatre) in years past?
BM: I love watching what happens at the Bug Theater when films are screened. The community is so supportive, and the filmmakers are there to do what they love and share that work with the community.

Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
BM: My name is Brandy Mello and I am the Producer for a short film called Barking Brave. The film is about a young girl finding her courage to face her growing fear of dogs. This film was my first film project. All my other work has been promotional.

Q: Tell us one unique thing about you and/or your movies?
BM: I am a late but repetitive bloomer, producing small flowers of a different color every other season.

Q: What else are you working on?
BM: I am writing a script about identity and editing my first novel.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
BM: Give me another season or two.

Meet the Filmmaker: Kaitlin McMullen, “Patrick Sheridan’s Purpose”

Patrick Sheridan’s Purpose | www.KaitlinRayne.com

Q: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
KM: It is an absolute honor to be selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film. This is such an amazing opportunity to share a beautiful film to beautiful people. This film is not only special to me however, it is special to the family, friends, and supporters of Patrick Sheridan. I am so happy this film can be shared and presented to more people in honor of Patrick. He is the definition of hard work, commitment, and consistency to follow his dreams. Patrick deserves the world to get his story and message out to the world.

Q: What are your hopes for the event?
KM: I hope for this film to bring emotion and inspiration to the audience. I am so honored to have met Patrick Sheridan and its such an honor to be able to help share is story and be involved in his story.

Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
KM: It brings me so much joy to focus on the regional women filmmakers. Opportunity is my favorite word and women need more opportunities in the industry. I am so excited for all the amazing creative women filmmakers to share and inspire others in this film festival.

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: Both filmmakers and non-filmmakers should join the event. Film is all about sharing and spreading stories. Stories are inspiring and the whole world should be able to get the opportunity to see and shared these stories in a visual format. It is fun, entertaining, and beautiful to be able to share stories to the world.

Q: This is the 8th year of CIWF. Do you have a favorite memory of the festival (or screening at The Bug Theatre) in years past?
KM: The last time I watched a film screening at The Bug Theatre was June 15th, 2017. The event was Patrick Sheridans “comeback” to his theater. Patrick was able to screen promotional videos of projects he was working on during his stages of having pancreatic cancer. Patrick was there to shared and experience his content sand I was also given to opportunity to share his documentary. It was truly one of the most memorable and meaningful memories of my life to share Patrick’s story. My film was shown and I was able to go up on stage for a Q&A. It was such an honor and was so beautiful.

Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
KM: I am an 18 year old filmmaker who became involved in the film industry when I was 16 years old. I am cinematographer, producer, and editor within film production. This film is Patrick’s Sheridan Purpose to fight through the stages of having pancreatic cancer and how his two sons motivated him throughout the toughest of times.

Q: Tell us one unique thing about you and/or your movies?
KM: I am married to adventure and I have to need to make everything I do an adventure. Life is full of adventure and it is such an honor to share Patricks adventure.

Q: What else are you working on?
KM: I am currently working on another documentary partnering with American Cancer Society. I was given to the opportunity to film rally for life in LIttleton, CO and I am creating a documentary about the purpose of this organization.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
KM: I have a website, vimeo, instagram, and facebook that feature all of my work and media creations.

KaitlinRayne.com
vimeo.com/KaitlinMcMullen
@kaitinmcmullen
Kaitlin McMullen

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to say about Colorado Independent Women of Film?
KM: Thank you so much Colorado Independent Women of Film for giving to opportunity to create an event for women to share art into the world. This is truly a beautiful event. I am overjoyed with his and thrilled. Thank you so much!

Patrick Sheridan’s Purpose will screen Saturday, May 19th at 8:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre.