Meet the Filmmaker: Diane Bell, “Of Dust and Bones”

OF DUST AND BONES | http://www.ofdustandbones.com/

Q: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
DB: Absolutely honored and thrilled. This will be the first time OF DUST AND BONES has played in Denver and I’m excited to share it with my friends here.

Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
DB: Given the lack of representation of women in film, I would say incredibly important. To be given a platform to share work is vital if female filmmakers (and particularly women who are not based in LA or NYC) are going to thrive.

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: Anyone who enjoys films that stretch beyond the parameters of the mainstream norm should come. These are not the movies you will find at your local multiplex, and so they will nourish you in unexpected ways. The chance to meet and discuss films with the filmmakers can also be a lot of fun.

Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
DB: OF DUST AND BONES is my third feature (my first Obselidia played at this festival a couple of years ago and also won awards at Sundance; my second, Bleeding Heart, premiered at Tribeca and was widely released after that). It’s a film I had to make – one that explores some difficult subjects (grief, the ongoing devastation in Syria, how we live in a violent world) – but that hopefully provides a cathartic space to reflect on them. It’s not an easy film; it requires patience and thought from the audience, so if action movies are your thing, give this one a skip. But if you enjoy films that allow space for you to think, this one is for you.

Q: Tell us one unique thing about you and/or your movies?
DB: One unique thing about this particular movie is I shot it with most of the cast and crew who worked on my first one, Obselidia. The big difference? We shot the first one in Death Valley, and this one in the desert near Joshua Tree.

Q: What else are you working on?
DB: I have just completed a book about filmmaking which will come out later in the year. It’s called SHOOT FROM THE HEART and it is a guide to making a standout indie film based on my real life experiences. It’s already available for pre-order on Amazon. My aim is to inspire and empower aspiring filmmakers everywhere, especially those who have not had much of a voice in Hollywood.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
DB: Besides from writing and directing films, I also teach workshops on filmmaking, including screenwriting classes at the Lighthouse Writer’s Workshop in Denver. Check out www.rebelheartfilm.com for the latest.

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to say about Colorado Independent Women of Film?
DB: Can’t wait to see some of the other films and to hang out with awesome people. Thank you so much for creating this incredible and important event!

Of Dust and Bones will screen Saturday, May 19th at 6:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre.