Q: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
DR: You know it’s an honor to be selected to screen alongside other hard working women in our industry in Colorado.
Q: What are your hopes for the event?
DR: I hope that people will come out to see our work and enjoy a great opportunity to support Colorado filmmakers regardless of gender.
Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
DR: I think its extremely important because you always hear how women are behind the curve in the industry. At times I think that is a myth since I know more women filmmakers here in Colorado who are always working. Ultimately that should pay off if we continue to support each other’s work.
Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival? Is it just for the filmmaking community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?
DR: I think people of all ages and walks of life will enjoy the films at the festival. However I think its important to be sure the film you pick is age appropriate.
Q: This is the 4th year of CIWF. What’s been the best part/a favorite memory of the festival in years past?
DR: It’s always been about the networking and connecting with other females who are committed to their craft.
Q: We hold CIWF at The Bug Theatre. Why is The Bug a great home for this event?
DR: For me personally The Bug is special because they are always accepting and promoting local talent. I screened my first film ever at the bug first .So for me its home. It’s comfortable.
Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
DR: I started acting at the age of 8 on stage. My first film acting experience was in John Carpenter’s Halloween. It’s never too late to live your dream. I started out making my own films at 46. So I have been in this now as a producer, director, writer for ten years, and full time for 6 years. My first film as a Director and Producer was a feature film called The Goal it won numerous awards worldwide and received worldwide distribution. Until now I’ve only made narrative and documentary feature length films. Broken Ties is my first short film. Basically I had this story idea from personal experience kicking around in my head, so I teamed up with my screenwriter Karen Hemmerle who does a great job. I wanted this to be a piece where I could use it as a teaching piece for young girls and women and guys who had never worked on a set of even together previously. It was a way to impart my years of knowledge to younger women which is very important to me. My film Broken Ties is about broken relationships and how we struggle and fight to mend them or let them go. It’s a story close to my heart. There have been some requests to turn it into a feature but we will see.
Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about Colorado Independent Women of Film?
DR: I am grateful for Colorado Independent Women of Film. I hope it continues to grow into a larger presence and hopefully something that can be more active year round. At the end of the day Its about supporting some amazinglygifted and talented Women all whom work their butts off to do great work.
Broken Ties will screen Saturday, June 13th at 8:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre.