Joan Cassin – WIFVNE Member
Former President of WIFVNE & Founder of Boston Production Moms!
What do you love about your work?
So many things! Because I’m both a director and a producer I get to tik off a couple of boxes at once. I love that I get to be creative in a way that lets my imagination loose and also creative in a problem solving capacity that feels like flexing a muscle. I also love that filmmaking is a team sport so you get to add your brain to a bunch of other amazing thinkers and become greater than the sum of our parts.
What is your vision for yourself, female filmmakers, or the media industry in 2020?
My vision for myself this year is one of action, moving forward, and taking all the next right steps to get me where I want to go. Essentially I want to just be doing more more more of what makes me happiest and sets me on fire and the only way to do that is action. I want the media industry to reflect the real world around us and to me that means I want to see more women on my sets, more people of color on my sets, and I want to see more of all of our stories in front of the camera as well.
What’s one way you would suggest people “Change the Lens”?
The easiest things for us to do is support other filmmakers. Follow them on social media, promote their work and accomplishments, GO SEE their work when you can, and also show up for yourself. It can be hard to promote ourselves sometimes but put your own work out there to be seen as well. You’re worthy. Mentorship and support is huge too. We can always reach back and pull others up with us and reach forward for the hands that went before.
What advice would you give to a new female filmmaker?
Keep going and don’t be afraid to suck. Think of how many shitty male made things there are out there that are forgivable because of the shear volume of male created work. I heard once that we’ll know we have equity when a female made film that sucks is just not a big deal because there are so many other female made films that are great. Rashida Jones said something in passing in an interview about directing once that I’m sure was small to her but made a big impact on me. “I think that women just need to keep failing – just keep failing, you know? – and then eventually, it’s not a failure,”. Just keep failing until you don’t.
Which women in the New England region inspire you?
Ugh. Which women in the NE region DON’T inspire me is a better question. Anybody out there doing what they love inspires the hell out of me. Margie Sullivan, Kristen Kearns, Amanda McGrady, Nikki Bramley, Mary Agnes, literally every single member of the Boston Production Moms group. It feels weird to call anyone out right now because there are so many..
What film or series are looking forward to watching this year? Why?
I can’t wait until the final season of DARK comes out. One of the best, most unique sci fi shows I’ve ever seen. Everything about it is fantastic. I’m also about 15 minutes into the show The Deuce and I’m already hooked. Jury is out on it but it’s been a while since something sold me in the first few minutes like that. A lot to unpack in that show.
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