Meet the Filmmaker: Sheila E. Schroeder, “Scary Lucy”

Q: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
SS: It is a distinct honor to be able to screen Scary Lucy at CIWF! Our short was filmed at various sites in Denver with an all-Colorado cast and crew. Having a chance to screen at our home town festival at the iconic Bug theater is a great chance for our fans and a new audience to see this film on the big screen. Given the themes within the film that speak to women’s health, resistance and persistence, CIWF is a great fit.

Q: What are your hopes for the event?
SS: We hope to gain exposure for our cast and crew through this screening in addition to providing your audiences with a 21-minute escape. We like to say this is a comedy with heart so we hope the audience walks away feeling better about themselves after having spent time with Scary Lucy.

Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
SS: CIWF’s focus on regional women filmmakers is exactly what the industry needs. This focus helps to add ballast to an industry that is out of balance when it comes to opportunities for women. This festival showcases the talents of a wide swath of women who have plenty to say and whose talents need outlets.

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: Having attended the festival on several occasions, I know there’s something for everyone. If you appreciate good storytelling you’ll want to purchase a pass and drop in for the whole event!

Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
SS: I wrote, produced and edited Scary Lucy as part of Project DU F.I.L.M., (film initiative linking mentors) a filmmaking mentorship at the University of Denver designed to change the face of film in front of and behind the camera. We have amazing alumni mentors working shoulder to shoulder with our students who are learning how to be film professionals. Scary Lucy has been fortunate to receive awards for the screenplay and has screened in front of audiences from Melbourne, Australia to Salt Lake City.
As a college professor for the last 21 years at the University of Denver, my filmmaking has focused on social change, especially as it relates to issues impacting women, girls and the LGBT communities.

Q: Tell us one unique thing about you and/or your movies?
SS: Our film stars two of Denver’s best stand up comics, Christie Buchele and Janae Burris. Without these two talented women, the amazing Marteene Diaz directing, the tenacious work of Associate Producer, Oanh Le, and the brilliance of our production designer, Angela Forster, this film would not be half of what it turned out to be.

Q: What else are you working on?
SS: I am putting the final touches on a short screenplay called, Hunting Season. It’s a story about a lesbian Latinx comic who finds herself in the crosshairs during hunting season in Wyoming. The goal is to film this in December, 2019 as our third Project DU F.I.L.M. short.

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

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to say about Colorado Independent Women of Film?
SS: Hurray for CIWF and all you do to help level the playing field for female filmmakers in Colorado!

Scary Lucy will screen Saturday, May 11th at 6:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre.

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