Meet the Filmmakers: Jessica McGaugh and Stacy Barton, “Red Pearl:

The Filmmakers: Jessica McGaugh (left) and Stacy Barton (right).

The Filmmakers: Jessica McGaugh (left) and Stacy Barton (right).

Q: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?

J&S: We are very excited to have the opportunity to share our film with the independent film community and the patrons of the Bug Theater. The regular programming at the Bug is a true celebration of local film, theatre and art. We love being part of it.
Q: What are your hopes for the event?
J&S: As filmmakers, we are most excited to share our work with a new audience. We hope that the CIWF crowd will enjoy the film just as much as we enjoyed making it.
Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
We (Jess McGaugh and Stacy Barton) have been friends since 2005 when we became roommates while attending grad school at Syracuse University in New York. The snowy winters allowed for an immersion into filmmaking, and it was only a matter of time before we would venture into the world of narrative features.We began writing Red Pearl, deeply inspired by the city and mountains surrounding us from our 8th floor, shared downtown Denver office at CU Denver where we taught together for 5 years.  Now, we each hold Assistant Professor positions teaching film and video production, Jessica still at CU Denver and Stacy at the University of West Georgia.
As adventurers ourselves, we closely identify with our lead character Scarlet who is exploring the difficulties of following big dreams. Each of us have picked up and moved to brand new cities multiple times throughout our lives in search of our individual paths to success. The overwhelming process of immersing oneself into an unfamiliar environment with no friends or family to fall back on is a life-forming experience, and we wanted to visualize the struggle of a young woman on her quest of learning who she is and what she is capable of in a difficult environment.
An interesting production note: Stacy and Jess were both pregnant during the shooting of this movie. Stacy was 8 months and Jess was 2 months. Both babies were born during post-production of the movie.

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