Interview with Filmmaker Brielle Brown (SHE’S COME TO SING)

SHE’S COME TO SING played to rave reviews at the December 2022 EXPERIMENTAL Film Festival.

What motivated you to make this film?

When thinking about a visual piece for the song, I really wanted to express the fluidity of love. If we think of love as energy or a wave that flows from one person to the next, then are all really just a product of everyone we’ve ever loved… or will love? My hope for the film was to bring the viewer to a place of balance and empathy, especially right now when everything feels so separate and polarized. The artists were so giving & graceful. Elysha Richman is such a sympathetic choreographer. She really made this film come to life!

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

The actual filming only took one day but from idea to final product, it was about 3 months or so. Because this was virtually a no budget film, we were fitting things in when schedules allowed. Just want to give a nod to Kirby Sybert, my cinematographer who so patiently sat with me on zoom during the edit so we could work on this together and create the storyline. He did such beautiful work on this and I’m so appreciative!

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

Graceful, empathetic

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

To be honest, this was all around a stress free experience. I’m so lucky to have had such a beautiful community around me who stepped up and just wanted to create something artful and meaningful together. Any small obstacle was overshadowed by all of the positivity surrounding the project!

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

I loved hearing the audience talk about the subtleties of the film. My favorite quote was someone who said the film was “beautiful in its simplicity”. It’s hard at times, especially in the music and art world, to leave things in their rawest state and to not overcomplicate or question if something can be better—more polished or more perfect. I really tried here to match the way I recorded this album (which was mostly live in one day) and to create a visual that was simple, honest, and in its purest form. I love how the audience picked up on that.

Watch the Audience Feedback Video:

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

I think it was just a natural progression for me. I got into theater at a pretty young age and then studied acting. I’ve had just about every job there is to have in film and tv. I think the best Directors can understand what it’s like to be on the opposite side of the camera so I’m very grateful I’ve experienced the film world from all angles!

7. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway. How has your experiences been working on the festival platform site?

This was my first time submitting work on the platform and so far it’s been wonderful. I’ve really enjoyed my experiences with each festival.

8. What is your favorite meal?

Anything loaded with avocados makes me happy. A nice glass of wine on the side doesn’t hurt. 🙂

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

I just released a song with Australian country artist, Brad Butcher, called “Lay Your Head”. I’m also working on some new music and collaborations with fellow artists. When it’s the right time, I’d love to make a new film. I have some ideas… 😉


By matthewtoffolo

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

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