Meet the Filmmaker: Shawna Schultz, “No Soliciting”

No SolicitingQ: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
SS: I’m quite honored to have my work selected to be screened at the Colorado Independent Women of Film event.

Q: What are your hopes for the event?
SS: I’m hoping that people enjoy seeing films from local talent.

Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
SS: I think it’s important to give a platform for regional women filmmakers to show their work and be celebrated.

Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival? Is it just for the filmmaking community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?
SS: I haven’t been yet, so I’m not sure the exact audience, but many people who have never attended a film festival don’t really understand it. Shorts blocks especially are a fun way to get a taste for multiple stories from different perspectives in small doses. There aren’t many places to see shorts, so events like this makes it fun to gain many experiences in a short amount of time.

Q: This is the 6th year of CIWF. What’s been the best part/a favorite memory of the festival in years past?
SS: I haven’t attended past years. I just heard of it this year through Film Fatales.

Q: We hold CIWF at The Bug Theatre. Why is The Bug a great home for this event?
SS: I haven’t yet been to The Bug theatre, but I look forward to it!

Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
SS: I’m the co-founder of Mass FX Media, a Colorado-based video production company that specializes in motion graphics, visual effects and cinematography. We serve all kinds of clients from non-profits, to documentary filmmakers to corporations, and sometimes we just need to make something for ourselves. We had a funny run-in with a solicitor at our office, and we thought that it would be funny if someone pranked solicitors, so we came up with an idea for a fake hidden camera show in which we staged a prank using improv actors. We had one free day, so we hired improv actors over the weekend, then shot and edited the entire piece in one day. It was a whirlwind, but it quenched or desire to do something silly.

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about Colorado Independent Women of Film?
SS: I’m so excited to be a part of the screenings for CIWF! Independent film is such a fun thing to be a part of, and I’m looking forward to meeting other females in the industry around the area. We’re a minority in this industry, so it’s great to support one another.

No Soliciting will screen Friday, June 3rd at 7:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre.

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