Interview with Filmmaker Dara Bratt (I THINK I’LL MAKE IT)

I THINK I’LL MAKE IT played to rave reviews at the June 2020 LGBT Film Festival.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Dara Bratt: I met Kat in one of her fitness classes and really loved her boisterous energy, and her relentless passion. When she mentioned she had written a memoir, “I Think I’ll Make It,” I was curious to check it out. I didn’t know the story yet but I knew I had found a compelling subject.

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

I would say it took two years. There was a lot of stop and go with the edit due to everyone’s schedules so we had to be a little flexible.

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

Inspiring resilience

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

Finding the hook and climax for the film, since so much of the story existed in the past. We didn’t know Kat would get divorced during this process!

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

It was so great to hear all the comments. I loved hearing that they saw Kat’s strength found her inspiring.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

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

I first read Kat’s memoir “I Think I’ll Make It” and knew there was a story there.

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


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

I think it helps streamline the process and makes the process of applying to film festivals very efficient.

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

Groove is in the Heart

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

I really hope it’s a new film. I have a few I’ve been working on for a long time. Though after watching the feedback, perhaps it’s making this into the feature!



By matthewtoffolo

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

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