Tricia Mentor

Meet the Filmmaker: Tricia Mentor, “Women Warriors – A Vision of Valor”

CIWF Filmmaker Interview: Tricia Mentor
Women Warriors – A Vision of Valor  |

10443361_10152930476828378_2815944206111295015_nQ: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
TM: Denver has so many amazing women working in film and I am so honored to be screening along side these very talented women!

I feel this is a great honor to be selected in the Colorado Independent Woman of Film because women have been telling and handing down stories since the beginning of time and to share our film honoring the stories and experiences of women in the the theater of war at the CIWF is truly a double honor. We get to share these woman’s stories via a woman’s storytelling event that honors women in two ways that can teach and get conversations started about how woman’s can make a difference.

Q: What are your hopes for the event?
TM: My hopes for the event are to get the conversations started about how women make a difference in our history and the film community and by attending the event will spark confidence in creative women and let people know women can do anything they put their minds to ans entertain the all audiences.

Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
TM: Focusing on regional women filmmakers is a great way to show the Denver and surrounding communities efforts to support women filmmakers and show that we are strong, talented and we can tell stories that everyone will enjoy and that having women in the mix can really help in the creation process to create great inspiring work.

Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival? Is it just for the film making community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?
TM: Everybody should come to the Colorado Independent Women of Film. The films represent all genres and topics and will be assured to entertain as well as teach every age level and gender. I am sure that everyone that attends,from the general public to fellow filmmakers, will leave with a scene, a line,an ideology ,a concept, a song and the spark that excites them to create something from the films they have just seen. My favorite is when I walk away from seeing a film or films and that days later I keep reliving or thinking about how it changed something in me.

Q: This is the 4th year of CIWF. What’s been the best part/a favorite memory of the festival in years past?
TM: I have not attended CIWF before but I have heard about others that have attended and I hope to move people with our stories and achieve the standards that the past women in film have set and hopefully raise the bar for the future!

Q: We hold CIWF at The Bug Theatre. Why is The Bug a great home for this event?
TM: As an indie filmmaker The Bug Theatre, in my mind, is the Best place for the event. The Bug has been the home of the Emerging Filmmakers Project, the monthly event that shows support and fosters us Denver Indie Filmmakers. Is is a supportive and seriously fun place to screen and get constructive criticism on our creations. It has been a catalyst in the beginning and the motivation of filmmakers and my home away from home for years. The Bug gave me the proverbial Film making Bug! It is the home of Denver’s Indie Filmmakers.

Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
TM: Tricia Mentor-Swanson: is a producer, videographer, Indie filmmaker, improv actor, and multimedia Student. She has worked on multiple Emmy award-winning productions for PBS. Tricia was an account manager before giving it up to learn her passion of telling stories through film. As a student, she met Brandon Berman and traveled to Africa to make a documentary while working 2 simultaneous jobs for PBS and Denver 8. This led her to become a producer/editor/ AD. Recently, she worked on a Hollywood film that was created and shot by Denver-based talent. When asked to do this project Tricia said, “I am so honored to work with amazing people and tell the history of our American Woman that served our nation in war. Women Warriors: A Vision of Valor is a film made by the Multimedia Graphic Design department at Front Range Community College. This documentary covers the evolution of women’s roles in the US military, with an emphasis on the wars between WWII and the current War on Terrorism. We have collected the stories of ten Colorado women veterans and have weaved in narration, video and animation to create a powerful and educational view of our military women throughout history. ! I am now an animator!”

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about Colorado Independent Women of Film?
TM: I would like to say to all woman filmmakers in any capacity that this event showcases your drive and talent and please come join in and have a voice. We as a film community should support all filmmakers! Submit your work and keep on creating!

Women Warriors – A Vision of Valor will screen Saturday, August 16th at 6:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre.