Meet the Filmmaker: Melanie McLean Brooks, “Big Hips, Big Dreams”

Q: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
MMB: Being selected to participate in this festival feels like my welcome to Colorado. After transplanting to this magical state about a year ago, I am honored to call Colorado home and to be one of the featured filmmakers.

Q: What are your hopes for the event?
MMB: I hope to see this festival continue to grow and strengthen as a platform for beautiful, powerful female voices across the state.

Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
MMB: In order to see our industry grow in Colorado, we have to lift up voices of women at the local level.

Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival? Is it just for the filmmaking community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?
MMB: This is an opportunity to support an meet your fellow local artists. Sounds like fun, no?

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?
MMB: I am a first timer.

Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
MMB: I am a fun-loving director/ director of photography who recently moved to this beautiful state with my husband (and business partner) and playful pup, Zoe. In recent years, most of my work has focused on stories of renewable energy, food culture or drag queens.

Big Hips, Big Dreams follows a woman during what seems like an ordinary day–through her daily routines, her thoughts on personal hygiene, love and a life-long pursuit to be comfortable in her own skin.

Q: Tell us one unique thing about you and/or your movies?
MMB: So far, I direct and shoot my documentaries. I find that keeping a tiny footprint allows me to be the least intrusive and therefore allowing me into more intimate spaces with my subjects. That is when the storytelling magic happens.

Q: What else are you working on?
MMB: I am working on a documentary called Eating the Enemy!

Chef Bun Lai has envisioned a new philosophy that offers edible solutions to a burdened food system. With population growth, over fishing, global warming and our ever-expanding carbon footprint, the food resources as we know them cannot keep pace. This film takes an intimate look at the innovative artist and follows along as he tries to inspire a food revolution.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
MMB: You can find my work on

Big Hips, Big Dreams will screen Saturday, May 11th at 1:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre.

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