CIWF Filmmaker Interview with Ashley Lynne Nagel
Writer, Producer, Director, A Woman’s Place
Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
ALN: Well, there is the obvious, “to tell amazing stories with deeper meaning”, “to reach a broader audience, and an audience that is listening”. But more then that, I think I became a filmmaker because I realized there is this magic moment between maker and audience.
Film can be a very private interpretative space, and especially when your message is one that isn’t easy to listen to, the filmmaker creates a space that is “idea-safe”, and suddenly it doesn’t matter to the audience what they may, or may not believe, they are living in that moment, in that frame of time with you. – That’s a powerful feeling.
Q: What are we going to see at CIWF? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
ALN: “A Woman’s Place”, was my third personal short, and my final for Prod.1 at Colorado Film School. It’s a quick glimpse into the less sedated side of a lesbian woman in the work force.
It’s a piece that I’ve struggled with personally, because like any first films it needs a lot of work. But a lot of people seem to enjoy its kitschy sense of irony, and relate to its humor.
Q: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
ALN: Honored. Shocked. Blessed. I love it! It’s really, always a very good feeling being showcased amongst your peers, in a supportive environment! And all of the woman here are a shinning representations of what it means to “put up the good fight”.
Q: What are your hopes for the event?
ALN: I’m looking forward to seeing what’s out there, and who’d I would love to work with! I am here with two films in the festival, as co-producer of “Words” by Amanda Prentiss. It’s really a great feeling of success, not only for me, but everyone that I have worked with since the beginning of this year. So I am very excited to see every one together this weekend.
Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
ALN: Well that’s slightly a silly question. There is no comparative quantity that can rate the significance of woman as filmmakers. That’s one thing I emphasize in a Woman’s Place. The gender disparity needs to change. Not just in our industry but in all industry’s. There is 1 female director to every 15 male. As filmmakers have a voice, and as contributors to media we have power to create change and inspire ideas. That’s the great thing about this medium.
Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival? Is it just for the filmmaking community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?
ALN: All filmmaking is community! Global community…. No matter what, we are all people, and we relate to people moments. This festival is for EVERYBODY, not just woman, because it’s the people around us, in our everyday lives that truly make us the woman we are.
Q: Tell us one unique thing about you and/or your movies?
ALN: It’s my hope to always stay true to myself, and represent that moral through my films. But stylistically, I want every thing I do to have a larger then life feel, and I think that is important, because life is very much larger than itself. And the dramatization of that is what people enjoy.
Q: What else are you working on?
ALN: PA work here in Denver. I have a few scripts in the works. I just wrapped my first feature film with Double Edge Productions a couple weeks ago. In conjunction to finishing up school, I do a lot of local photography as well. And what ever else you throw at me!
Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
ALN: Currently I am working on a web site. Trying to catch up with the times, but I am always available via phone/e-mail/Facebook.
Please check out “The Frame”: https://www.facebook.com/the.frame.movie
The Winans/ Double Edge Productions were absolutely amazing to work with, and Jamin’s style of suspense just cannot be beat!
Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about Colorado Independent Women of Film?
ALN: Just, thank you for this opportunity! I think we can all agree that we would love to see the Denver market continue to grow the way that it has over the last couple years, and it’s so very important, not only to the artists/filmmakers, but to the community to continue to have events like this, engaging, inspiring, causing change and developing growth!
A Woman’s Place will screen Saturday August 17th at 7:30pm at The Bug Theatre.