Olivia Abtahi

Meet the Filmmaker: Olivia Abtahi, “The Reason I Jump”, “Father Sun”

The Reason I Jump, Father Sunwww.oliviaabtahi.com

Q: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
OA: It’s a total honor to be selected– any festival that supports independent female filmmakers is such an important part of the industry. Thank you for selecting me!

Q: What are your hopes for the event?
OA: I hope to meet other amazing filmmakers and see some wonderful films done by women like myself.

Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
OA: It’s incredibly important to focus on regional women filmmakers– how else would we see these hidden points of view in our communities? The more perspectives we experience the more we understand each other.

Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival? Is it just for the filmmaking community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?
OA: Anyone who loves being transported should definitely attend– doesn’t matter if you’re a filmmaker or someone who’s never been to a film festival before. These are stories that we might not see on the big screen that still speak to our daily experiences of living in this region.

Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
OA: Father Sun is the story of a Navajo community getting solar energy on their community building. In Navajo/Diné culture, the sun is the father of creation, and powers our spiritual and physical lives. With solar energy, we see a community’s God powering their daily lives in a very tangible way.

The Reason I Jump is an adaptation of the same novel, giving us a glimpse into the life of someone with Autism. It’s an opportunity to understand and empathize, and see a world that so much of our population inhabits every day.

Q: Tell us one unique thing about you and/or your movies?
OA: Before I plan a movie, I think of the resources I have. Then I build the story around that.

Q: What else are you working on?
OA: I’m working on a new short film called Female Character.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
OA: www.oliviaabtahi.com

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to say about Colorado Independent Women of Film?
OA: Can’t wait to see everyone’s work 🙂

The Reason I Jump will screen Saturday, February 10th at 4:00pm and Father Sun will screen Saturday at 6:00p.m. at The Bug Theatre.