Meet the Filmmaker: Kelsey Opel, “Anonymous: Story of a Coke Addict”

Anonymous: Story of a Coke Addict

Q: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
KO: I’m really excited to participate in a women’s film festival in Colorado! It’s also awesome to be able to represent our minority that calls for change and growth in the film industry. It’s wonderful to be a part of a generation that aims to improve the lives of women in any workplace.
Q: What are your hopes for the event?
KO: I’m hoping to meet more strong female filmmakers who strive to create equality in the film industry.
Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival?  Is it just for the filmmaking community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?
KO: I think anyone outside of the film community would love this film festival. Everyone loves movies. And the women who made these films have powerful stories to share that anyone could relate to.
Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
KO: I made Anonymous: Story of a Coke Addict for my second project at The Colorado Film School. This was the first time I wrote, produced, and directed a really big project with a larger crew, and I loved it! The movie was inspired by my mom, who is also a Coca Cola addict, though she’s not as severe as the characters in my film.
Q: Tell us one unique thing about you and/or your movies?
KO: I see movies as a kind of escapism. I aspire to make quirky, comedy films, or any movie that makes people think about things.
Q: What else are you working on?
KO: I’m currently drafting both another short and feature film for sometime in the future. I also work as a production assistant locally on features and commercials. I just finished working on the Netflix film Our Souls At Night that filmed in Colorado Springs in the fall.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to say about Colorado Independent Women of Film?
KO: I think this is a great festival to promote female filmmakers in Colorado, and I look forward to collaborating with many of these wonderful women in the future!
Anonymous: Story of a Coke Addict will screen Saturday, February 11th at 8:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre.