Interview with Filmmaker Karisa Bruin (LABOR RELATIONS)

LABOR RELATIONS was the winner of BEST COMEDY FILM at the April 2020 Female Feedback Film Festival.

Submit via FilmFreeway:

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Karisa Bruin: I am a mother to two young boys and my desire to balance parenting and working has been at times a real struggle. I was also inspired by a pair of articles in CNN a couple years ago called TV Writers Rooms Have a Mother Of A Problem which detailed that many women in Hollywood and the film industry actually hide the fact that they are mothers/have children in order to advance in their careers. Plus, there’s no standardized maternity leave in the US, so many women have to just go right back to work after having a baby as if they didn’t have a baby at all.

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

About a year.

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

Working Motherhood

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

The edit took a lot longer than I was hoping.

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

I loved it! I’m so glad that certain things were picked up on – the idea that other women are complicit, that it’s a don’t-ask, don’t-tell situation in the workplace, and that people found it was funny.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

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

I just thought about how absurd it is that we are expected to get back to work without any maternity leave in our country and what if we shortened that time frame from a couple weeks or a few days to literally NO time.

7. What film have you seen the most in your life?

Little Miss Sunshine

8. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway, what are you feelings of the submission platform from a filmmaker’s perspective?

It seems pretty efficient and easy to use.

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

Oh wow…I really love the song No Children by The Mountain Goats (unrelated to my feelings about actually having children. lol).

10. What is next for you? A new film?

Yes! I’m currently in post-production on a short film called kill cat Oakland.



By matthewtoffolo

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


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