Meet the Filmmaker: Jennifer Ashcom, “Die Letzte Blume (The Last Flower)”

jenn default stuttgart viewQ: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
JA: Absolutely ecstatic. Having just moved here from the East Coast to shift gears and focus on film, I stumbled upon The Bug Theater EFP film night a few weeks ago, and was encouraged to submit even though the deadline had passed, so I feel tremendously blessed. As my premiere screening, my first attempt, this is a monumental milestone for me, and the support from new friends and fellow filmmakers has been incredible! Thank you!

Q: What are your hopes for the event?
JA: Ideally this event will encourage others to put their work out there, to network and continue cultivating creative community. Historically, I’ve written/filmed/edited/colour corrected on my own, however I’d like to meet some badass female filmmakers, and manifest sweet collaborations for the future. You can definitely start out on your own – all you need is a camera, your vision, and a commitment to diligence and seeing your projects through to fruition – but there is definite strength in numbers, and connecting with women who vibe along similar wavelengths in vital! I’m eager to learn.

Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
JA: Immensely so. It is a demographic that needs to be brought to light and nurtured.

Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival? Is it just for the filmmaking community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?
JA: I truly think everyone would enjoy attending the festival. It’s not just about celebrating women, but supporting the independent film scene in general. Anyone passionate about film or looking to add substance to their day should attend. Often, we are caught in complacent routine and may forget to add depth with eye-opening documentaries or colourful whimsy with fiction. We owe it to ourselves to add more imagination and beauty (even when it may be heart-wrenching) to our lives.

Q: This is the 6th year of CIWF. What’s been the best part/a favorite memory of the festival in years past?
JA: This is my premiere festival! Hopefully the first of many to come..

Q: We hold CIWF at The Bug Theatre. Why is The Bug a great home for this event?
JA: Though I’ve only been here for a handful of weeks, The Bug immediately felt like home. I felt part of the family from the moment I walked in, and adore that people introduce themselves and take time to offer their support. We are encouraged to network. This is so important for artists! Independently we can create a great deal, certainly, but being assimilated into a crew, or even just finding another person and becoming a dynamic duo helps us grow. Being able to pick each others’ brains and spitball ideas allows us evolve exponentially!

Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
JA: I’m a 27yr old lesbian filmmaker from Maryland (close to DC). Casa del Raptor Productions is my budding company. I’m amateur hour; never studied film but am compulsive with my camera. Die Letzte Blume was a product of visiting a former flame, having visions creep into my head in the dead of night, and being blessed Uli (who isn’t an actress but a teacher in Stuttgart) has always been down to participate in my projects. So, this is admittedly more of a teaser that evolved/digressed so much from its initial storyline during editing. A painful amount was cut because I wanted to keep only the most cinematic of shots – I was literally unboxing my Canon 6D on the plane to Germany and figuring it out on the fly — but I’m working on developing the full screenplay so maybe next year I’ll have my first feature film, with a happier ending because #lesbiansdeservebetter.

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about Colorado Independent Women of Film?
JA: Grateful the initiative was taken to create such an event. It’s stellar to be surrounded by women with strong voices and clear visions who are passionate about their projects. Sharing the same space is super rad! Thank you for the profound platform.

Die Letzte Blume (The Last Flower) will screen Saturday, June 4th at 8:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre.

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