Sheila Schroeder

Meet the Filmmaker: Sheila E. Schroeder, “Scary Lucy”

Q: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
SS: It is a distinct honor to be able to screen Scary Lucy at CIWF! Our short was filmed at various sites in Denver with an all-Colorado cast and crew. Having a chance to screen at our home town festival at the iconic Bug theater is a great chance for our fans and a new audience to see this film on the big screen. Given the themes within the film that speak to women’s health, resistance and persistence, CIWF is a great fit.

Q: What are your hopes for the event?
SS: We hope to gain exposure for our cast and crew through this screening in addition to providing your audiences with a 21-minute escape. We like to say this is a comedy with heart so we hope the audience walks away feeling better about themselves after having spent time with Scary Lucy.

Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
SS: CIWF’s focus on regional women filmmakers is exactly what the industry needs. This focus helps to add ballast to an industry that is out of balance when it comes to opportunities for women. This festival showcases the talents of a wide swath of women who have plenty to say and whose talents need outlets.

Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival? Is it just for the filmmaking community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?
SS: Having attended the festival on several occasions, I know there’s something for everyone. If you appreciate good storytelling you’ll want to purchase a pass and drop in for the whole event!

Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
SS: I wrote, produced and edited Scary Lucy as part of Project DU F.I.L.M., (film initiative linking mentors) a filmmaking mentorship at the University of Denver designed to change the face of film in front of and behind the camera. We have amazing alumni mentors working shoulder to shoulder with our students who are learning how to be film professionals. Scary Lucy has been fortunate to receive awards for the screenplay and has screened in front of audiences from Melbourne, Australia to Salt Lake City.
As a college professor for the last 21 years at the University of Denver, my filmmaking has focused on social change, especially as it relates to issues impacting women, girls and the LGBT communities.

Q: Tell us one unique thing about you and/or your movies?
SS: Our film stars two of Denver’s best stand up comics, Christie Buchele and Janae Burris. Without these two talented women, the amazing Marteene Diaz directing, the tenacious work of Associate Producer, Oanh Le, and the brilliance of our production designer, Angela Forster, this film would not be half of what it turned out to be.

Q: What else are you working on?
SS: I am putting the final touches on a short screenplay called, Hunting Season. It’s a story about a lesbian Latinx comic who finds herself in the crosshairs during hunting season in Wyoming. The goal is to film this in December, 2019 as our third Project DU F.I.L.M. short.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
SS: http://scarylucythemovie.com/ https://www.facebook.com/scarylucythemovie/

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to say about Colorado Independent Women of Film?
SS: Hurray for CIWF and all you do to help level the playing field for female filmmakers in Colorado!

Scary Lucy will screen Saturday, May 11th at 6:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre.

Meet the Filmmaker: Sheila Schroeder, “Happy F-ing Valentine’s Day”

Happy F-ing Valentine’s Dayhttp://happyf-ingvalentinesday.com/

Q: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
SS: It’s a great honor to screen at CIWF because the themes and goals expressed in our film Happy F-ing Valentine’s Day align with those of the festival. In the film we highlight the beauty of Colorado, and the struggles women face. Our film is a comedy/drama, so finding audiences that appreciate women protagonists driving the narrative is wonderful.

Q: What are your hopes for the event?
SS: I can’t wait to see all the work Colorado filmmakers have created. Women’s voices in front of and behind the camera are marginalized by mainstream media. Now is a chance to see a wider range of characters, perspectives and filmmakers.

Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
SS: CIWF is performing an incredible service to regional women filmmakers. Let’s revel in these alternative voices and learn more about them and ourselves.

Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival? Is it just for the filmmaking community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?
SS: Anyone interested in storytelling would have a blast at this festival. There is a creative richness at this fest that’s welcoming to all.

Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
SS: Happy F-ing Valentine’s Day, as we like to say, is a comedy with heart. It’s a film that is quite personal in that the journey of the main character, Rhonda, is a journey of recovery from a very difficult loss. Ultimately she finds hope but not before some quirky hijinks.

Shot completely in Nederland, CO, this is the first film created by Project DU F.I.L.M. (film initiative linking mentors) a collaborative filmmaking endeavor that brings University of Denver faculty, alumni and students together to make a film. Our alumni have been incredible mentors to our students and everyone has found a place in our feminist collective. Our most incredible mentors are men working in the local film community.

Q: Tell us one unique thing about you and/or your movies?
SS: The film is based on a true story. It’s fun to watch the film and try and figure out what that true story really is.

Q: What else are you working on?
SS: I’m working on a new short film called Scary Lucy that focuses on a multi-identity cast and is based on a statue of the same name that was dedicated to Lucille Ball. Google “scary lucy” and be prepared to be amazed!

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
SS:
http://happyf-ingvalentinesday.com/
https://www.facebook.com/happyfingvalentinesday
https://www.facebook.com/projectdufilm

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to say about Colorado Independent Women of Film?
SS: Thank you for the opportunity to share our work with your audience. CIWF and the Bug Theatre Rule!!

Happy F-ing Valentine’s Day will screen Saturday, February 11th at 8:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre.