Meet the Filmmaker: Lindsay Morrison, “Reliquary: A Mugging”

Q: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
LM: I am thrilled to be selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film. I am looking forward to meeting more women in the Colorado film community, and to see what kind of awesomeness these women have been serving up lately. And I’m very honored to be counted amongst them.

Q: What are your hopes for the event?
LM: I hope to meet a lot of kick-ass women, watch some great films, and to leave with an increased sense of community. I’m new to the Colorado film community and this will be a great opportunity to introduce myself to more people, find potential collaborators, and maybe make some new friends.

Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
LM: I think it’s incredibly important. As a Los Angeles ex-pat, I’m a huge proponent of the decentralization of Hollywood and I’d love to see the Denver film seen grow more and more. And I think there’s an ever-present need more female voices, and other marginalized voices, to take over more of the industry in general. Film is a medium that can move people to change their minds or take action or to heal themselves. And so it’s critical that a medium with so much power should be emerging from more than just one gender and one location (i.e. Men in LA)

Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival? Is it just for the filmmaking community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?
LM: Even before I was a filmmaker I always loved going to film festivals because of the variety of films. There is so much creativity, thought, vision, I think it can inspire anyone, whether or not they are a filmmaker. If you like going out to see a movie, seems like you might like going to watch a shorts block as well. It’s entertainment and a chance to “fill the well” so to speak.

Q: This is the 9th year of CIWF. Do you have a favorite memory of the festival (or screening at The Bug Theatre) in years past?
LM: Since I am new to the area, I haven’t had a ton of experiences at the Bug yet, but I’ve loved it every time I’ve gone. I’ve screened at the Bug twice — once at EFP and the other at Open Screen Night, and both were a blast. I think my favorite was attending Open Screen Night, because of the crazy, weird energy of it all. It was so fun to see everyone’s strange movies screened properly. I wish Open Screen Night would come back!! But I also just generally love the staff at the Bug, the people who keep it going and curate such a lovely selection of oddities every month.

Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
LM: I’m a writer/diretor with a passion for horror and deep love of all things beautifully bizarre. I have 10+ years experience working on the LA Film Scene, both on and off set, but jumped ship last year in order to move to Denver with my husband and start an independent film production company. We officially launched WOLF LUV FILMS last September and have been working to build it up every day.

Reliquary: A Mugging is the first episode in a series entitled Reliquary. My partner, Michael La Breche, developed the series with R.J. Holloway, and wrote many of the episodes. I was so excited when they invited me to direct the first installment. I love this piece because of how it plays with expectations vs. reality, who is good vs. evil, and what that even means. The supposed victim becomes the aggressor because of her inner evil nature which is awakened by the Reliquary; meanwhile the petty thief, who makes a wrong choice in a moment of desperation, is in fact too good at heart to even be able to hold the Reliquary for more than a moment.

Neon pink became a major theme for this film, in part because I love neon and try to incorporate it wherever possible, but it made a lot of sense here because of the effect light has on the feel of a scene. I wanted there to be a transition between the “real” world and the world of cosmic terrors and old ones returning, and having an actual neon sign in the scene allowed there to be a practical light that becomes more and more expressionistic and surreal as we move toward the climax.

Q: Tell us one unique thing about you and/or your movies?
LM: I love to make vocal cameos in all my films, and Reliquary is no different. In this I play the voice of the fed-up sister giving her brother a hard time over the phone. It’s something that started happening just out of necessity, but I have to admit I sort of love having that little piece of myself written into the films DNA. And it makes me giggle just a little every time I watch it.

Q: What else are you working on?
LM: Right now I’m gearing up the direct episode 2 of the Reliquary series. The next one revolves around a priest and I’m pretty excited about that. But I’m also working on my first feature film, which will also be WOLF LUV FILM’s first feature production. It’s called LATEX” and is a horror film with a very cool villain that I don’t want to let out of the bag quite yet, but I will say she is a very disturbed woman with some very specific tastes. I wrote it and am set to direct it as well.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
LM: I have a personal website here: www.lindsaymorrison.com, and you can check out my production company WOLF LUV FILMS, here: www.wolfluvfilms.com.

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to say about Colorado Independent Women of Film?
LM: I think it’s so cool that you gals exist and I can’t wait to get to know all of you better. Thanks for creating a space to elevate and promote Colorado Independent Woman Filmmakers!

Reliquary: A Mugging will screen Saturday, May 11th at 1:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre.