Interview with Director’s Blair Bomar & Olivia Applegate (GRACE & GRIT)

Blair & Olivia’s short film “GRACE & GRIT” played to rave reviews at the August 2017 FEMALE FEEDBACK Film Festival.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Blair & Olivia: We wanted to experiment with the parts of ourselves that are in and out of alignment with the concepts of grace and grit and gain a deeper understanding of the personal impact that arises from marriage of these two ideals. We were also interested in co-directing a project.

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

One month — that was our goal.

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

Experiential discovery

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

Finding clarity in the story

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

Moved by how opinionated/invested the audience was and how our original intention for the message of the story did actually come through/translate/prevail– which was rewarding to see..

WATCH the Audience FEEDBACK of the Short Film: 

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

We were both reared in the South and have had interesting journeys, to say the least, in regard to exploring the expectations we grew up trying to fulfill both consciously and unconsciously.

What film have you seen the most in your life?

First Wives Club

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

I’m a fan.

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

The Cranberries- Linger
Run baby run – Sheryl Crow No More I love yous- Annie Lennox Hush Hush – ‘Til Tuesday Aimee Mann

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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