Interview with Filmmaker/Actor Kaitlin Gould (EXPECTATIONS)

EXPECTATIONS was the winner of BEST PERFORMANCS at the October 2021 FEMALE Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

I had a big breakup a few years ago, and writing has always been therapeutic for me. I was heartbroken from a breakup that seemed to come out of circumstance. Sitting with those feelings, I began to evaluate past relationships. Growing up in the Midwest, there are certain expectations (if you will) that come with relationships. Neither one of us was the traditional type, and this story was in some ways an ode to that.

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

I had written the script during the spring of 2019, and it sat on my computer for almost a year. I had talked with some friends about making it, but nothing ever came from it. Then, in February 2020, I met up with some friends at a bar for drinks, and two weeks later we were filming it.

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

Conscious liberation.

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

COVID. We filmed the short on March 1, 2020, and from there the pandemic completely derailed the project (among other things). I can’t speak for the rest of the team, but I needed to step back and take a break on my mental health. From there it took some time to edit and find a composer.

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

Overwhelmed! It’s such a simple story, and I love that so many people resonated with it. We all can see ourselves in this character and her struggle, especially those who identify as women. It’s easy to feel trapped or stuck or that you have to “settle” – again, especially in relationships and in certain places. It’s terrifying to admit you’re unhappy or want change, and even more so to actively pursue it, and I was absolutely overwhelmed with love and gratitude when I watched the audience feedback video.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

6. When did you realize that you wanted to make films?

Subconsciously, always. Consciously? Within the last seven years. Before I went to grad school I just assumed I was confined within the limits of an actor; but, when I got to grad school, I realized I could make the work I want.

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

The first Pirates of the Caribbean and the Lord of the Rings Trilogy (although I can’t speak to how influential they are to me as a filmmaker).

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

I appreciate that there is a platform to submit to festivals. Accessibility is huge to me, and there is a lot that our industry can do more to make things more accessible to younger or up and coming film makers, but I think FilmFreeway is a good avenue to get started.

9. What is your favorite meal?

Tacos.

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

I am currently rehearsing two plays: ‘Revolution: Two Stories with the Same Ending’ by Courtney Seyl that will debut at the Tank in NYC at the end of October, and Courtney’s other play ‘Compulsion’ which will play in December. I am also workshopping a couple scripts of mine.

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