In this installment of Women in Film Portraits, Lauren Sowa profiles Lauren Atkins, creator of the award-winning web series My Friends Think I am Funny. Atkins founded NYC Web Fest after recognizing there were several festivals showcasing digital series on the west coast but nothing in New York. After a successful launch in 2014, NYC Web Fest continues to gain in size and momentum, with guests flying in from around the world. Here Atkins talks with Sowa about her creative influences and her approach to challenges.
In this installment of Women in Film Portraits, Lauren Sowa profiles Alex Cirillo and Dani Faith Leonard, the producers and founders of Big Vision Empty Wallet. Cirillo and Leonard share their enthusiasm for producing and about interesting projects currently in the works. They also reflect on what it means to be female creative artists and entrepreneurs in the film industry at this time.
In this second installment of The Global Screen, Thomas Britt writes about the work of Jonas Cuarón. In some ways, Cuarón’s Desierto (2015) can be seen as a timely political film, involving border disputes, contested spaces, and dispossession. The film’s heroes and villain feel alienated from their right relationship to the land. In this article, Britt considers the influence of action and horror genres on the film, specifically the ways in which 1970s genre films and Australian “Outback horror” provide a comparable narrative framework that Cuarón deftly updates in his film about violence and lines in the sand.
In this installment of Women in Film Portraits, Lauren Sowa profiles Danielle Eliska Lyle, a writer, filmmaker, and photographer from Detroit. As a “black archivist,” Danielle’s life work is to tell stories (written, filmed, and photographed) of powerful women, the black diaspora, and the state of black culture. Danielle has gained notable screenwriting recognition and many awards. Her infectious spirit and passion for creative storytelling are palpable; read on!
In this installment of Women in Film Portraits, Lauren Sowa profiles Alicia Slimmer, Director of the Award-Winning narrative feature Creedmoria. Slimmer discusses the making of the film, its musical influences, and its festival run. In addition, Slimmer shares lessons learned in Directing Creedmoria and offers advice to women working in the film industry today. Creedmoria will be released May 18th on Amazon, iTunes, and Google Play.
In this first installment of The Global Screen essay series, Isaac Rooks writes about Shin Jeong-won’s gruesome farce, Chaw, which Rooks suggests offers more than the spectacle of a giant boar slaughtering drunken revelers at a karaoke celebration. In this essay, Rooks explores how Shin’s film utilizes practical and conceptual resources from around the world to address global audiences about common concerns.
In this installment of Women in Film Portraits, Lauren Sowa profiles Caroline Mariko Stucky, an award-winning, Swiss-Japanese filmmaker and cinematographer with a fierce passion for American culture. For Caroline, film is the ultimate language. It surpasses the kaleidoscope of spoken languages that informed her childhood. In this interview, Caroline shares about coming to the United States and about taking on a predominantly male creative roles.
The Independent announces The Global Screen, a series of bi-monthly essays written by film scholars and academics interested in engaging with our readership of filmmakers, directors, artists, and activists. The series is edited by Dr. Jayson Baker, Assistant Professor in Communications at Curry College. In this introduction, Dr. Baker provides a summary of the series and a context for its purpose at this time. Essays in The Global Screen will be published over the course of the year, beginning at the end of March.
In this installment of Women in Film Portraits, Lauren Sowa interviews Kalyia Warren, the Writer/Director behind Expatriates—a love story that follows two multiracial dirt bike riders from Egypt to Cape Town. The film, now its final developments, was inspired by the people Warren I’ve met while traveling on the African continent. Warren is a graduate of NYU and is currently based in New York City.
Women in Film Portraits is a series by Artist Lauren Sowa about up-and-coming female independent filmmakers. In this first installment, Lauren interviews Iranian-American Director Natasha Kermani about major themes in her work. Look for Women in Film Portraits interviews each month at The Independent.