Interview with Filmmaker Jana Devino (NO HEARTBEAT)

NO HEARTBEAT was the winner of BEST PERFORMANCES at the April 2022 Female Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

When abortion is discussed, it surrounds the unborn child and the inhumanity. What is left as an after thought is that very human affected the most. Their desires, goals and future are not important enough.

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

I pitched to the film collective Dec 2021, We filmed Feb 2020 and we finished August 2020, thanks to a dream editor Madeline Puzzo and my amazing husband.

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

Thoughtful and real

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

Honoring everyone’s talent and dedication, from cinematography to the performances to the writing to the score to the art dept.

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

Such a gift and wonderful experience! I am so proud to have been a part of it, it feels so great to know the film resonated with both men and women. This is beyond incredible you do this for the filmmakers!!

Watch the Audience Feedback Video:

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

After working with the Assorted Kinds collective in a supportive environment on 14 sets, and on-boarding super talented women crew members – I had to be the first female director!

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

A League of their own!!

8. What other elements of the festival experience can we and other festivals implement to satisfy you and help you further your filmmaking career?

The gifts you offer to filmmakers and stories are unprecedented!!

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


10. What is your favorite meal?

I eat it all, literally!!!

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

I have been dying to work with the writer Kandace again, to make a horror film when women are removed from society. The kick ass Nola returns as the matriarch, lifting up the fellow oppressed to take back their rights as humans.


By matthewtoffolo

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

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