Meet the Filmmaker: Jane Darling, “Violet By the Sea”, “Beware the Cats at Starz Pet Universe”

Violet By the Sea; Beware the Cats at Starz Pet Universewww.spiropictures.com

Q: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
JD: I am thrilled and honored to be in the film festival. It’s a terrific showcase of Colorado films. I love being part of the event. The room is filled with positive energy. It’s magical!

Q: What are your hopes for the event?
JD: To meet other filmmakers and see how creative women are using their voice in this media. To see some amazing innovation in visuals and story. To see young artists make movies.

Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
JD: This event raises awareness for all film production in Colorado. It showcases the talent and voices of women filmmakers who live here. And typically uses Colorado actors, a very talented group of people who bring our stories to life..

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?
JD: You won’t see these films at the local AMC. These types of films are unique and innovative. The films cover a wide variety of topics and are fun to watch! I am inspired by the young filmmakers I see. And people who might be interested in making their own movies will see completed projects that started as an idea and ended up on the big screen with an audience and lots of clapping!

Q: This is the 7th year of CIWF. Do you have a favorite memory of the festival (or screening at The Bug Theatre) in years past?
JD: I’ve attended most of them. No favorite over the other. I often see filmmakers grow and evolve leaps and bounds year over year as they keep producing. That’s inspiring.

Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
JD: I am an artist and writer. Film making combines both. It’s challenging and I learn new skills every time I make a movie. I am now focusing on science fiction/fantasy, not action movies, but character driven and hopefully innovative, complex science fiction themed stories.

Q: Tell us one unique thing about you and/or your movies?
JD: There is always a surreal element in my movies, something visual or in the story.

Q: What else are you working on?
JD: I am working on a feature length science fiction film. Working title is The Last Intern. It’s about a friendly medical intern who’s left for dead on a barren world and is recovered generations later by the descendant of the bigot who left him there to die. The intern is valuable salvage parts from a long lost technology and would not trust a human now even if his life depended on it, but it does and he must work together with his rescuer to escape the deadly planet and get his second chance at life and love.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
JD: www.spiropictures.com

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to say about Colorado Independent Women of Film?
JD: The talent and ages of the filmmakers run across a broad spectrum. I am often inspired by the younger ones who bring a fresh vision to film making. Best film festival in Denver.

Beware the Cats at Starz Pet Universe will screen Saturday, February 11th at 4:00pm and Violet By the Sea will screen Saturday at 8:00p.m. at The Bug Theatre.