Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
NP: I’ve always been interested in film as both a creative outlet for expression and also a means of seeing into the mind of another artist. I began studying film, mostly with an interest for documentaries, but grew an appreciation for narratives as well. Anything with an interesting/meaningful storyline.
Q: What are we going to see at CIWF? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
NP: At CIWF, the viewers will see a tourism promo for Busan Haps, a foreign run magazine in Busan, South Korea, where I lived for four years. It outlines the first day and impressions of a western woman arriving in Busan for the first time. This was shown at a special screening party for the Busan Haps magazine in Busan; it also won third prize in the Busan Tourism Contest.
Q: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
NP: I feel honored and proud. My production team worked really hard on this short promo, and though it was created for advertising purposes, I feel that there is a lot of creative/artistic value. Miguel Rojas, the DP and editor, really has an eye for unique shots and was able to put them together impressively.
Q: What are your hopes for the event?
NP: I just hope that people view it and enjoy it. That they can feel the excitement of the main character as they travel along with her, arriving in Asia for the first time, and seeing everything with new eyes, and being open to new experiences.
Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
NP: I believe it is extremely important to show not only regional filmmakers work, but particularly the work of women in the region. It is less common to find film work done by women, yet they offer a unique and different perspective; it is important to encourage women to pursue creative endeavors in fields which are generally crowded by men.
Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival? Is it just for the filmmaking community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?
NP: It’s for everyone. Anyone and everyone can be inspired by seeing the visual ideas of other minds.
Q: Tell us one unique thing about you and/or your movies?
NP: I would say that most of my work is internationally focused; I lived abroad for eight years, so a lot of what I work on has elements of other cultures, particularly the mixing of two different cultures together. A few years ago, I showed my first short at The Bug, that was about an introspective young Korean man, who falls in love with a Spanish woman, without ever having spoken to her.
Q: What else are you working on?
NP: Currently I’m in the post-production phase of a documentary I shot last year in Korea, of three very distinct Korean painters.
Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about Colorado Independent Women of Film?
NP: Thanks for being a platform for local women to shine.
Busan Haps will screen Saturday August 17th at 6:30pm at The Bug Theatre.