Q: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
ML: I’m really excited! The CIWF does really important things for women trying to make their way in the industry and I’m honored to be included.
Q: What are your hopes for the event?
ML: I know I’ll be able to see some really great films from other local women, that one’s a given. I’m hoping to be able to meet and talk with some other filmmakers, and I definitely hope that everyone likes my short!
Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
ML: Colorado has a nice little industry cropping up and the rest of the country is starting to take notice. The film industry is notorious for being male dominated, so if women make a point of not being silent and really going after what they want here, it could be the beginning of widespread change.
Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival? Is it just for the filmmaking community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?
ML: Anyone who enjoys independent films should attend. And not specifically feminists, either. The whole point is to show that women make films on the same level as men. If someone wants to experience new stories told from new perspectives, this is the place to be.
Q: This is the 6th year of CIWF. What's been the best part/a favorite memory of the festival in years past?
ML: This will be my first year attending!
Q: We hold CIWF at The Bug Theatre. Why is The Bug a great home for this event?
ML: The Bug is a pillar for the local entertainment scene. They open their theater up to genuinely new and unique content every single day. Having it anywhere else would seem wrong.
Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
ML: I was born and raised here in Colorado. I’ve been told that as I was growing up, I was always talking and telling stories. I was always writing “books.” In middle school, I took to photography. And in high school, I began doing theater. As the question of “what do you want to be when you grow up” transformed from a meandering hypothetical to a very real decision, I realized that film was the only way to combine all the different things I love.
The Magic Word was written and produced as my final project for my production 1 class over at the Colorado Film School. I’ve always loved the idea of magic existing in the world we know, but in very subtle ways, and this film is an example of that.
Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about Colorado Independent Women of Film?
ML: CIWF is doing amazing things in the local film community and I can’t wait to see what their future holds!
The Magic Word will screen Friday, June 3rd at 7:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre.