TV Producer, Filmmaker
News Director (at CMN) & founder of Joan of ART Productions
What do you love about your work?
I love that I have a day job that allows me to connect with people and tell their stories for CMN; but my true passion is my after-hour job: filmmaking. Writing, directing, and producing original stories for film is what I live for. I love the timelessness of film–it will be here long after I’m gone, and so I take every project seriously, because I want people to enjoy my work for years to come!
What is your vision for yourself, female filmmakers, or the media industry in 2020?
I’d love to see women filmmakers be accepted on an equal playing ground. I was very sad that none of the amazing female filmmakers that put out films in 2020 were nominated for the Oscars. It seems like we keep saying the same thing, both men and women, keep discussing the disparity of women in the industry–yet very little changes. My dream is to work with an exclusively female cast and crew one day to create a film that will really stand out. I also want to inspire others and make films for the rest of my life– to keep creating–and I truly hope that someday a woman will look at my work and say “because she did it, I can, too.”
What’s one way you would suggest people “Change the Lens”?
In some ways I want to live in a world where people don’t think about a film directors gender at all. But because the industry is so dominated by men, and because women really don’t seem to get the credit they deserve, I’d like to see more opportunities for women to create within the industry. Let’s have an all woman awards ceremony, for example. Or let’s create a month of awareness and celebrate the women who have really thrived. Or let’s create a category just for best women director. (Like we do for male and female actors, for example).
What advice would you give to a new female filmmaker?
Believe in yourself. Find your voice and amplify it. I got a lot of pushback when I started out that fed on my insecurities. The minute I chose to trust my vision, others did, too. It’s ok to be strong and know what you want–go for it!
Which women in the New England region inspire you?
Michele Meek really inspires me. She teaches film, she writes and directs, and manages NewEnglandFilm.com. She is my greatest inspiration and my former teacher. I owe her everything in a way.
What film or series are looking forward to watching this year? Why?
I’m looking forward to Sofia Coppola’s next film On the Rocks. She’s my favorite female director and a huge inspiration. Other than that, I am obsessed with A24 movies and really looking forward to making more of my own films, too haha!
Attending any film festivals or events, and why you are attending them?
I am having a film premiere of my own on 3/13 at the Chatham Orpheum. I am also supporting my friends at Major Independent Films at their Uncanny Harbor film premiere on 2/22. On 3/5 I’m showing a trailer of mine and supporting other local filmmakers at Cocktails and Screens in Providence RI, and I plan on attending the Maryland International Film Festival on 3/28 and Shawna Shea Film Festival in May! I am also attending Mike Hansens test screen of The Light You Follow on 3/27 and I try to go to as many local film events as I can. I believe it is SO important to attend these events and support local indy filmmakers. I call everyone I work with (or want to work with in the local industry) my Film Fam, and I mean it. We have to be there for each other.
How can your fans find you!?
I’m on Facebook and IG. My IG handle is @Gabbymuse7. I also run several social media accounts for films I have made: Get Up Eight and Salvation and soon Cleaner on fb, if people want to stay up-to-date on my current projects! I’m always open to making new film fam friends, so don’t be shy!