Q: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
SM: I am so thrilled to be returning to CIWF with Losing Faith! I loved getting to show my last film Toothbrush here in 2016. It’s so exciting to be welcomed back!
Q: What are your hopes for the event?
SM: I hope to celebrate women in this industry that is designed for men. This is a great opportunity to showcase equality as well as see some amazing films on the screen.
Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
SM: It’s so important. We need to stick together and support one another! Being isolated because of gender is such a silly thing; I’m glad this festival highlights that women can be just as strong as men!
Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival? Is it just for the film community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?
SM: Everybody! We make films for humans; anyone of all backgrounds can come together and escape into a film. We are storytellers for a reason, come get lost with us.
Q: This is the 8th year of CIWF. Do you have a favorite memory of the festival (or screening at The Bug Theatre) in years past?
SM: In 2016 it was surreal to get to show my first film here that I directed. Standing on that stage and seeing my family in the audience supporting me among a group of people who loved the film was such a cool experience.
Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
SM: Losing Faith is a story about following your heart and having to deal with the consequences of that decision. We scrapped 2 days of filming on this project because Grant Worden (the director) and I weren’t happy with how the footage strayed from the story. So we went back to square one and threw together a scrappy re-shoot that was everything we wanted and more. I’m so proud and thankful that we got to tell this story the way we wanted to.
Q: Tell us one unique thing about you and/or your movies?
SM: The heart of Losing Faith is centered around women and their journeys. We had a female writer, cinematographer, and editor because it was important to us to have that feminine touch. Plus, the talent of these women continues to blow me away, and I’m so thankful we got to embrace their visions. The film is also dedicated to my mom, for teaching me what it means to have faith.
Q: What else are you working on?
SM: I’m currently writing and working to get represented in LA. Plus I’m graduating college, how crazy is that? I’m so excited to throw myself fully into this industry.
Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
SM: Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org and my IMDB page will be up soon!
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to say about Colorado Independent Women of Film?
SM: Thank you so much!! You rock CIWF!
Losing Faith will screen Friday, May 18th at 8:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre.