Meet the Filmmaker: Nikie Perlmutter, “Rations:

Q: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
NK: I feel honored and proud. It’s humbling to have it recognized by other independent filmmakers.

Q: What are your hopes for the event?
NK: I’m looking forward to interacting with my peers and seeing their work. I’m always inspired and in awe of what other filmmakers create. Women especially are painted with a broad brush and it’s exciting to see more and more stories created by women that showcase how very complex and unique each of us truly are.

Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
NK: Incredibly important! Women have an uncanny knack for seeking each other out for shared experiences, to lift each other up, and work together for a collective goal. Not to say that women aren’t flawed, but any and every woman-led set I’ve worked on has always been a unique experience. I believe it’s important and necessary that female-identifying filmmakers see themselves reflected in their media and are given platforms to speak their truths and collaborate.

Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival?  Is it just for the filmmaking community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?
NK: Festivals are always fun for filmmakers to meet each other and celebrate our successes. Non-filmmakers get the opportunity to see films before a theatrical release and also appreciate the footwork, labor, and love that goes into this craft. It’s funny how we spend so much time consuming media yet we don’t get the chance to consider the people behind the movies and shows we all love. The closest a lot of movie-goers get to the people “behind the scenes” is at huge fan events. Attending a film festival is like going to a restaurant and then getting to speak with the chef directly about their craft. These interactions offered at film festivals create a stronger bond between the filmmaker and the film viewer.

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?
NK: This will actually be my first time in attendance! It certainly won’t be my last.

Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
NK: Rations was the movie that did not want to get made. Set to a shooting schedule in spring here in Denver, there was an earlier production of Rations. We were so close to having a very different version in the can until we had our last day of shooting devoted to outdoor scenes. Denver being Denver, it rained every single day I attempted to schedule our shoot – which is both an inconvenience to production as well as disastrous for a movie about a drought. Ultimately, enough of the old crew had to move on while I attempted to reschedule. The real blow was when my original DP moved out of state. I attempted to convince our gaffer to take over as DP. He told me, very politely and very kindly, “No.” Too much time had gone by and there were too many stylistic differences, it would not have done our film any justice for Aaron to take over when there was still so much left to shoot. And so back to the drawing board… A year later, with a new crew, new director Alex RW, several new drafts of the script, and my kind gaffer at the helm as DP, the Rations you see here was shot. Ironically enough, it snowed the morning we had our exterior shots. Luckily it melted away in time to roll. Rations is an example of perseverance of both a story as well as Colorado independent filmmakers. If a story must be told, it will be told, and sometimes a No is the best favor someone can give you.

Q: Tell us one unique thing about you and/or your movies?
NK: I’m drawn to character, first and foremost. I’m most proud of the and moral-grey area of Rations and I hope my future projects continue to encapsulate that tension. 

Q: What else are you working on?
NK: I’m always writing but I currently take on positions on set as art director here in Denver. Last year I worked as production designer on Riley Anne Martin’s The Idea of Black and White, which follows a young photographer as she battles with her art, love, lust, and her own uncertainty. 

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
NK: Follow our Facebook page and for news on other ARWorks productions.

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

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