Meet the Filmmaker: Sheila Schroeder, “Happy F-ing Valentine’s Day”

Happy F-ing Valentine’s Day

Q: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
SS: It’s a great honor to screen at CIWF because the themes and goals expressed in our film Happy F-ing Valentine’s Day align with those of the festival. In the film we highlight the beauty of Colorado, and the struggles women face. Our film is a comedy/drama, so finding audiences that appreciate women protagonists driving the narrative is wonderful.

Q: What are your hopes for the event?
SS: I can’t wait to see all the work Colorado filmmakers have created. Women’s voices in front of and behind the camera are marginalized by mainstream media. Now is a chance to see a wider range of characters, perspectives and filmmakers.

Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
SS: CIWF is performing an incredible service to regional women filmmakers. Let’s revel in these alternative voices and learn more about them and ourselves.

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: Anyone interested in storytelling would have a blast at this festival. There is a creative richness at this fest that’s welcoming to all.

Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
SS: Happy F-ing Valentine’s Day, as we like to say, is a comedy with heart. It’s a film that is quite personal in that the journey of the main character, Rhonda, is a journey of recovery from a very difficult loss. Ultimately she finds hope but not before some quirky hijinks.

Shot completely in Nederland, CO, this is the first film created by Project DU F.I.L.M. (film initiative linking mentors) a collaborative filmmaking endeavor that brings University of Denver faculty, alumni and students together to make a film. Our alumni have been incredible mentors to our students and everyone has found a place in our feminist collective. Our most incredible mentors are men working in the local film community.

Q: Tell us one unique thing about you and/or your movies?
SS: The film is based on a true story. It’s fun to watch the film and try and figure out what that true story really is.

Q: What else are you working on?
SS: I’m working on a new short film called Scary Lucy that focuses on a multi-identity cast and is based on a statue of the same name that was dedicated to Lucille Ball. Google “scary lucy” and be prepared to be amazed!

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: Thank you for the opportunity to share our work with your audience. CIWF and the Bug Theatre Rule!!

Happy F-ing Valentine’s Day will screen Saturday, February 11th at 8:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre.

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