Filmmaker Updates: Where are they now?

After two years of interviewing women filmmakers and having a few guest bloggers, I thought Her Film readers might be interested in seeing where some of the filmmakers have landed.  I wrote to a first wave of filmmakers who have been involved with the blog to see how things were panning out for them.  (I’ll solicit more updates from filmmakers not included here and will post them later this summer.)  Check out a few updates below from women filmmakers featured here on Her Film since 2010:

CROSSING THE RIVER (directed by Emilie McDonald)

After a very successful shoot in South Carolina in March, “Crossing
the River” is currently in post-production and preparing for a fall
and spring festival run.  Please read more at our film’s website.

Read Emilie’s guest post about this film by clicking here.

ANNA & MODERN DAY SLAVERY (directed by Magda M. Olchawska)

Principal photography for Anna & Modern Day Slavery was completed on May 29 after nine days of shooting.  The whole cast & crew were fantastic to work with & very dedicated to the project. We worked long hours & once even had a shoot for 24 hours.  Some of the stills taken on the set can be seen on our Facebook page, and anyone interested in supporting the film should visit our website.

Read a Spotlight feature about Magda’s new film by clicking here.

ALICE WALKER: BEAUTY IN TRUTH (directed by Pratibha Parmar)

We have finished shooting and are thrilled to have added Sonia Sanchez, Sapphire and Alexis Pauline Gumb as our final interviewees. We are currently editing the film in California and also fund raising for the final money to enable the finishing post production such as hiring a composer, archive clearances, sound mix, color grade and online.  Read more about the film by visiting our website, Facebook page and Twitter feed @alicewalkerfilm.

Read an interview with Pratibha done by Marian Evans of the Wellywood Woman blog.

METRUK (directed by Orkide Unsur)

Metruk has been screening in different countries, and its last screening was at Montreal (as a Canadian premiere).  Orkide will soon be focusing her attentions on a feature screenplay.  Find out more about the Montreal screening by visiting her website here.

Read an interview with Orkide by clicking here.

ALL THINGS HIDDEN (written by Persephone Vandegrift)

All Things Hidden is set to film this year August 25th-29th. We will be launching our Kickstarter mid July! To keep up to date on its metamorphosis, please join the All Things Hidden FB page.

Read a guest post by Persephone by clicking here.

BONESHAKER (directed by Frances Bodomo)

Boneshaker is currently raising money for post-production and will premiere at film festivals in 2013. View the trailer here. To donate and keep yourself updated, visit our blog here.

Read an interview with Frances by clicking here.

KATE KAMINSKI (Bluestocking Film Series)

The May 20, 2012 Bluestocking screening played to an enthusiastic crowd at the St. Lawrence Arts Center in Portland, Maine.  The biannual Bluestocking accepts rolling submissions through September 15, 2012 via Withoutabox and mail and the next screening is scheduled for Sunday, October 14, 2012. Visit the BFS website here.

Read an interview with Kate by clicking here.

MICHELLE LATIMER (director of Choke)

Choke was named by the Toronto Film Festival among Canada’s Top Ten for 2011, and was nominated for a 2012 Genie Award. It will be featured this summer as part of the First Peoples Cinema Retrospective at the Tiff Bell Lightbox. She begins shooting on her feature documentary Alias for the Independent Film Channel this falland she recently joined iThentic as the Director of Short Film Acquisitions for their digital channel.

Read an interview with Michelle by clicking here.

HOW TO LOSE YOUR VIRGINITY (directed by Therese Shechter)

After a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised over $36K, Therese and the Trixie Films crew will be spending the summer finishing the edit of her film.  She  just returned from the Reel Change Workshop, an audience engagement boot camp, and is putting all her new-found knowledge to use designing the film’s outreach strategy. She continues to write the blog, curate First Person, and figure out what the heck to do with Pinterest.

Read a 2012 interview with Therese by clicking here and a 2010 interview by clicking here.

NICE & ROUGH: BLACK WOMEN IN ROCK (directed by Sheila J. Hardy)

My documentary about black women in rock is building the audience while we complete production.  We recently launched, a global community for black women in rock and their fans, and now we are about to launch the concert tour.  You can join us at, follow us on Facebook and on Twitter.  To support this project, visit our Contribute page.

Read a guest post by Sheila by clicking here. (She was Her Film’s very first guest blogger!)

BIG VOICE (directed by Varda Hardy)

The film is in its last weeks of production and we are continuing to develop new relationships with various distribution companies, grantors, and donors who can propel us into post-production, which will begin in the second part of June.  We are in need of additional funds for our post production and are actively inviting sponsors/investors to come on board.  Read more about the film by clicking here and following @BigVoiceMovie.

Read an interview with Varda by clicking here.

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  1. Pingback: ATH script to screen…. « Persephone Vandegrift

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