One woman's sometimes gross, always funny, struggle for substance vs. status.
Interview with Writer/Director/Producer Stefanie Sparks
Congratulations! Why did you make your film?
I like to make films that I would want to see, films about women that I might actually know or hang out with.
Imagine I’m a member of the audience. Why should I watch this film?
I don't think you'll ever see another film like this about women in the near future.
How do personal and universal themes work in your film?
Melinda and Sarah (the main characters of the film) are both struggling with their own issues and seem to have nothing in common on the surface, underneath all of that, they are actually pretty similar. Like most women, they are filled with insecurity yet hell bent on trying to show an outer shell of invincibility.
How have the script and film evolved over the course of their development?
The script came to life once the actors were cast, a process which took about a year. With the right actors, I was able to open the scenes up and improvise allowing the natural humor of each actor to shine through.
What type of feedback have you received so far?
Very positive, people are happy to see a movie about women that addresses in a humorous and rather edgy, gross way the pressures none of us can escape.
Has the feedback surprised or challenged your point of view?
Some women thought it was too gross. I thought about taking out one particular scene when I received really strong feedback that it was too much but decided to leave it.
What are you looking to achieve by having your film more visible on www.wearemovingstories.com?
We want to distribute the film.
Who do you need to come on board (producers, sales agents, buyers, distributors, film festival directors, journalists) to amplify this film’s message?
sales agents, buyers and distributors
What type of impact and/or reception would you like this film to have?
I hope that other women make films outside the norm of what we expect from films. I want women to develop their own language of telling stories through film that doesn't have to fit in with mainstream indie language.
What’s a key question that will help spark a debate or begin a conversation about this film?
Why is perfection the ideal for women but not men and how can we change that and be more forgiving in what we expect from women?
What other projects are the key creatives developing or working on now?
I have three features I'm developing. Jenni Ruiza (my co-star) is developing her own tv series and auditioning for huge shows. She's going to be a huge star, along with almost everyone else in the film. Lol.
Interview: October 2017
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One woman's sometimes gross, always funny, struggle for substance vs. status
Length: 79 mins
Director: Stefanie Sparks
Producer: Stefanie Sparks & Karleah Del Moral
Writer: Stefanie Sparks
Key cast: Stefanie Sparks, Jenni Ruiza, Annapurna Sriram, Andrea Morales
Looking for (producers, sales agents, buyers, distributors, film festival directors, journalists): Sales agents, distributors, buyers
Social media handles: @fireball_films_nyc,
Where will the film screen in the next month? Citizen Jane