Interview with director Katie Maguire (THE SESSION)

Katie Maguire’s THE SESSION was the winner of “BEST PERFORMANCES” at the August 2017 Female Feedback Film Festival.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Katie Maguire: My sister and I wanted to make a film together. We wanted the film to be funny yet have a dark side much like our own sense of humors. We also felt that there was a lack of short films showcasing females as funny. We wanted to make a film that was driven by females both in front and behind the camera.

From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this short?

6 months

How would you describe your short film in two words!?

“Therapeutically” funny

What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

The biggest obstacle we faced was losing our location the day before our shoot! The location was a doctors/therapists office. Thankfully Molly, our director, is also an amazing production designer. We ended up turning my bedroom into a doctors office the night before the shoot!

What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

It was great to hear and watch what people took away from the film. How different people digested the film. All of them were spot on when talking about the films message. I was lovely to see people understand what Molly and I were trying to convey.

WATCH the Audience FEEDBACK Video of the short film: 

How did you come up with the idea for this short film?

My sister and I had taken a producing course together. We decided that we wanted to make a film that was simple and funny. We started talking about one of our favorite films “House Of Yes”. It’s a great indy film originally a play. It’s hilarious but very dark and twisted. We wanted to make a film along the same lines. We started writing dialogue between two characters and came up with the idea for The Session.

What film have you seen the most in your life?

A tie between “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and “House of Yes”

You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway, what are you feelings of the new(ish) submission platform from a filmmaker’s perspective?

I love FilmFreeway! I was using without a box before joining filmfreeway. I find filmfreeway to be much easier to navigate and have had much more success submitting my films and finding the appropriate festivals for my work.

What song have you listened to the most times in your life?

“Just Like Heaven” by The Cure

What is next for you? A new film

I’m currently wrapping up Season 2 of my Webseries LI Divas
and writing my first feature film.

Interviewer Matthew Toffolo is currently the CEO of the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival. The festival that showcases 10-20 screenplay and story readings performed by professional actors every month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Festival held in downtown Toronto twice a month, and every other month in Los Angeles. Go to for more information and to submit your work to the festival.

By matthewtoffolo

Filmmaker and sports fan. CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival

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