CIWF Filmmaker Interview with Sara Starr
Writer, Co-Director and Actress, The Journey Back
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Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
A: I’ve always been captivated by film. It has the ability to evoke emotions like no other art form. Film makes people feel, it inspires, it has the power to change lives and I have an overwhelming desire to be a part of it. Film is what I am passionate about and I think it’s one of the biggest human tragedies when people don’t or can’t pursue their passion. As a mother to a wonderful son, I want him to pursue whatever it is in life that fulfills him, and in order to teach him that, I must do it in my own life, no matter how challenging it can be.
Q: What are we going to see at CIWF? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
A: You will be seeing the short film, The Journey Back. This is a film that explores the struggle of a woman whose addiction is hurting those who love her most. So far, it has screened at the Unity Film Festival and the Front Range Film Festival. I plan to continue to submit the film to as many local film festivals as I can. I am grateful for each opportunity I have to screen the film, because each opportunity is a way to showcase the talent of each cast and crew member that dedicated hours of hard work to the project. Without this collection of talented people, The Journey Back would not have been made and I am forever grateful to everyone involved.
Q: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
A: I am truly honored to have my work selected with so many talented women. Honestly, I have to pinch myself every time The Journey Back is selected for a screening. This festival is special because it celebrates the women that are kicking ass in the industry.
Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
A: That is a big question. It is important that there is a balance between male and female filmmakers and I think festivals like this one help to restore that balance. Women have a very important voice and energy and it’s important that our community demonstrates that we value that voice and energy by providing opportunities to inspire future generations of female filmmakers.
Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival? Is it just for the filmmaking community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?
A: Art has the power to change lives, so I would say anyone and everyone should attend the film festival.
Q: Tell us one unique thing about you and/or your movies?
A: I am not sure how unique it is, but my creative mode is often triggered by the combination of song and nature. Red Rocks is a perfect example of how the two elements work so well together. I always create a playlist that evokes the emotion in me that I want to portray in a scene. Music is so transcending, it allows me to live in the space that I am creating on the page.
Q: What else are you working on?
A: I am currently writing a feature length film. This next film is very honest, raw and gritty and may be the most emotionally challenging piece I will ever write, but it’s a story I have to tell.
I am also working on sharpening my skills as an actress, so I am taking classes and working on other independent and student film projects when the opportunity comes.
Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
A: They can check me out on Facebook by searching for West of Midnight Films.
Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about Colorado Independent Women of Film?
A: Yes, I am very grateful for this opportunity to show The Journey Back. I am excited to be surrounded by passionate, talented people and to learn from other women who are paving the way for the future generations of filmmakers.
The Journey Back will screen Saturday August 17th at 7:30pm at The Bug Theatre.