Interview with Filmmaker Jane Musky (NINE)

NINE was the winner of BEST SOUND & MUSIC at the September 2020 DOCUMENTARY Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

This film is about my own experience as a woman rower in the 1970’s. Our team was founded because of the enactment of Title 9. I want to tell this story and show the world the power of these women who were my team mates.

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

3 months

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

Strong Women

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

Shooting on the water with not the best camera equipment.

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

I was overjoyed. I loved the audience were non athletes and hearing their take on a story about athletes was wonderful. It is a universal story about fortitude and camaraderie.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

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

I see these teammates of mine every year and up until recently we still rowed an eight in the Head of Charles for the past 40 years. I knew I had to tell our story since many young people had no idea how powerful a tool Title 9 was in changing the world of amateur Athletics for Women everywhere and gave woman a chance to grow and persevere.

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

The Graduate

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

It is great

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

Bridge Over Troubled Water

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

I hope so. Probably another short doc. Thanks

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