A Cathartic Interview with Vicki Peterson

A recent analysis about female scriptwriters reminds us that the global film industry is out of balance. It skims the surface of issues surrounding women in front of and behind film–writing scripts, directing projects. In May, headline stories from Cannes to Hollywood, regurgitated topics that’ll take generations before there is any significant change to how the film business is run.

However, as part of this process, there are thousands of people, men and women, diligently imparting their wisdom, creating a network of thought, hoping to reframe the questions asked in the media. Through the magic of Twitter, I stumbled on one such person, Vicki Peterson.

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Vicki spoke to me in June from her offices in Los Angeles. She is a businesswoman, author, scriptwriter, soon-to-graduate MFA student, mother to three children, wife, plus many other roles we didn’t have time to discuss. Vicki and Barbara Nicolosi, her business and writing partner, also recently published a book about screenwriting while they continue to run their company, Catharsis, together. Continue reading

It’s Erica Tremblay’s Turn (and America’s, too)

After Friday’s historic US Supreme Court ruling legalising gay marriage in all US States, it’s time to share my interview with Erica Tremblay. Erica is the director of the feature-length documentary film IN THE TURN that just won Best Documentary at the Transgender Film Festival 2015 in Kiel Germany. The film has had several screenings and I expect there will be many more people lining up to see this topical story.

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As film makers have access to cheaper equipment…you don’t have to be in LA to make documentary films (Erica Tremblay).

A couple of weeks ago I published an industry analysis about why there are fewer female scriptwriters in the film industry. The interview that follows relates to my Masters degree project.

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Juli S. Kobayashi: One Past, Many Futures

This week at the New York International Short Film Festival, Juli S. Kobayashi and her creative partner, Celiné Justice, will see their short film, ONE PAST, on the big screen at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema in New York City. The duo are working hard on the festival circuit, realising their dream and promoting a film that had its world premiere at the Urbanworld Film Festival in September 2014.

I am fortunate to have seen and enjoyed the 20 minute film. The acting is professional, the editing impressive, the script taut and playful, and visually it is a moving blend of art and sisterhood. If you live in New York I highly recommend buying a ticket to the NY Films Shorts next week. Here is the trailer on YouTube:

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P.J. Woodside: Kentucky’s Woman of Horror

Big Biting Pig Productions.P.J. Woodside and her creative partner, Steve Hudgins, are on the edge of releasing their 9th horror flick, Frances Stein, a twist on the well-known story also written by a woman.

As I researched P.J. and the films she and Steve create together about once a year, I was able to piece together, Frances Stein-like, an idea of who P.J. is and why I think she, along with many other filmmakers, both female and male, are contributing positively to the global battle cry asking for more women in pictures.

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