Meet the Filmmaker: Diane Bell, “Obselidia”

George and Sophi Final 01Q: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
DB: Having just recently moved here, it’s an absolute honor.  I am thrilled to now be considered a Colorado Independent Woman of Film.
Q: What are your hopes for the event?
DB: I’m hoping to connect with other local filmmakers.  I feel so strongly that filmmaking is about community and as someone new to the region, I’m excited to meet people here who have similar values and goals.
Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
DB: Super important – both the regional and the woman parts, as both are typically under-represented in the mainstream and need all the exposure and support they can get.
Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival?  Is it just for the filmmaking community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?
DB: Any quality independent film festival is not just for filmmakers, it’s also a chance for regular audience members to get to see films that are not easy to find.  And these films often have a lot more soul than the ones you’ll find in your local multiplex.
Q: This is the 6th year of CIWF. What’s been the best part/a favorite memory of the festival in years past?
DB: This is my first one, looking forward to creating wonderful memories.
 Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
DB: The film I’m sharing, Obselidia, was my first feature film, and one that is very dear to my heart.  When I made it, my intentions were so pure.  I never thought anyone anywhere would see it, and I just made a film full of things and people I love.  It’s about a man writing an encyclopedia of obsolete things and the journey he makes with a silent film projectionist to Death Valley.  A meditation on loss, climate change, and the rampant rate of obsolescence and extinction, it’s a very unique, gentle film.  Since then, I’ve made two more features, but this one will always have the most special place in my heart.
Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about Colorado Independent Women of Film?
DB: Just: thank you.

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