Meet the Filmmaker: Natalie Villa, “Sins of the Father”, “With the Power of a Thousand Suns”

Sins of the Father, With the Power of a Thousand Sunsyoutube.com/MsVilla09

Q: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
NV: I feel honored to be recognized alongside women filmmakers who are doing the work! It looks to be a great festival!

Q: What are your hopes for the event?
NV: I’m hoping to connect with passionate women filmmakers who I can work with in the future. It’s always encouraging and inspiring to see the great work being done here in Colorado.

Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
NV: By highlighting regional women filmmakers, the community can see a different, non-male-dominated perspective — a voice from within the community that they live and work in.

Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival? Is it just for the filmmaking community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?
NV: I think everyone would enjoy the festival – everyone enjoys a good film. Right now, there is a lot of discussion of the women’s movement and I think people could find empowerment seeing all women films.

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?
NV: My favorite memory is seeing people really enjoying the film and connecting with the filmmakers. It’s great to have a chance to meet people behind the films.

Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
NV: I was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. I have been making films since 2008 and recently graduated from the University of Colorado at Denver with a bachelor’s of fine arts degree in film and television. I currently work at WESTAF, a regional nonprofit arts organization, where I recently produced and filmed WESTAF’s National Endowment for the Arts 50th Anniversary promotional video.

Sins of the Father was written by my younger sister and we adapted it for my senior thesis film in 2016. Sins of the Father is a short film that explores family, grief, anger, forgiveness and pain. Once Andrea learns of a family secret, her relationship is tested with her father.

With the Power of a Thousand Suns is an award winning short documentary that follows Roxanne Mena as she deals with her recent Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis and her newly changed life. Roxanne Mena is a friend of mine and when I learned of her diagnosis, I wanted to help and this was one of the ways I knew how. It is a deeply personal story and I am honored to tell it.

Q: Tell us one unique thing about you and/or your movies?
NV: I went to Ethiopia in 2008 after winning a film competition. It was an amazing experience and was my first time leaving the country!

Q: What else are you working on?
NV: I am currently doing research for a documentary that explores the stigma behind abortion, some controversial laws and the stories behind the act.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
NV: People can find some of my work on YouTube at youtube.com/MsVilla09

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to say about Colorado Independent Women of Film?
NV: Thank you for the opportunity and I can’t wait for the festival!

Sins of the Father will screen Friday, February 10th at 8:00pm and With the Power of a Thousand Suns will screen Saturday at 4:00p.m. at The Bug Theatre.