Susan K Dunn

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: — or for most of the commercials I produce (my ‘day job’) – I own a licensing company

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.