MEDEA was the winner of BEST FILM at the December 2021 STYLE, FASHION, DANCE Film Festival.
1. What motivated you to make this film?
Motivation: In theater college we studied Greek classics and I was always drawn to Antigone, who was a young rebel willing to fight for her principles, and at that time, I didn’t understand “Medea” at all. Twenty years later, as a mature woman who had experienced so much more life, I formed an understanding of the many layers involved in “Medea” and that, although written by a man, he really had a strong understanding of the betrayal that the character, Medea, experienced; it was clear that in love, she had put her faith in Jason, his promise and his word and he had not honored it on any level. To lose faith (in anything) is a profound experience and one that ultimately everyone endures – it is the loss of their innocence that I think everyone can relate to. I really thought it was an important topic to highlight.
2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?
From conception to completion, it took about a year. We filmed in three days with two more for pick-up shots.
3. How would you describe your film in two words!?
Two word description: Eternal Tragedy
4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?
When I arrived to shoot, the sets had not been completed and nobody informed me. It set the entire production back and if it weren’t for our amazing D.P., dedicated cast and crew, I almost lost everything. It nearly didn’t get done.
5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?
My initial reaction to the feedback was pride, because despite the risks, I KNEW the audiences would get it and they did. My theory is that audiences are smart and you don’t have to hit them over the head or explain everything. They get it -that’s the beauty of film!
Watch the Audience Feedback Video:
6. When did you realize that you wanted to make films?
I’ve loved film since I was a kid and I NEVER thought I could make one. In L.A., flailing around as an actress, I got an opportunity to write a short film, then they asked me to be in it and direct it. I had NO experience with cameras, audio, lighting and the Producer said he’d handle all of it. Well… it was a mess and I had to pull it together and learn faster than ever before to get it done. After that nightmare, I was so angry – I thought, ” I KNOW I can do better than that!”, so I made “Medea”.
7. What film have you seen the most in your life?
My most watched film: Terminator 2, which I think is the perfect film. I think I’ve only seen “Philadelphia Story” with Katherine Hepburn more than that. Mad Max Max Fury Road, I also feel is a perfect film. …there are so many great films, though – the list goes on and on!
8. What other elements of the festival experience can we and other festivals implement to satisfy you and help you further your filmmaking career?
You’re doing a great job. The feedback and your mission of promoting these films is really encouraging and appreciated. The fact that you’re sending it to industry professionals is huge! There is something to be said for the live events, though. There’s nothing like connecting with other film-lovers face-to-face…
9. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway. How has your experiences been working on the festival platform site?
I LOVE Film-Freeway. I’m not tech-savvy, so if it were any harder, I might not have been able to do it. Their communication is good and you can discover and connect with so much of what’s going on…
10. What is your favorite meal?
My all-time favorite meal is Eggs Benedict. …(why do you ask…?)
11. What is next for you? A new film?
The original short film that I started in L.A. that made me mad enough to produce “Medea,” was dropped by the original producer, so I picked it up and it’s taken me five years to afford the visual effects (it’s an action film entitled, “Drone”) We just got the VFX done, though, and it’s MUCH better than originally conceived. I’m very excited about it. It will be in festivals in 2022. Then, I have another short film planned that includes dance, entitled, “The Worker” . Also, in January, I’m signed up with Film Connection for a Screenwriting/Producing Mentorship program to work on getting my feature film scripts produced. I’m super excited for what’s next.