Jessica Estelle Huggins – WIFVNE Member
Distribution & Office Manager, Documentary Educational Resources
What do you love about your work?
I love the fact that I have the ability to create. Depending on the story that I’m telling, I love working with a small team that’s looking to develop different types of stories. I love that I have had the privilege of being able to use my degree every day, and connecting with other like-minded creatives. I especially love that much of my work at its core is about the Black experience in America which includes the goodness of black people.
What is your vision for yourself, female filmmakers, or the media industry in 2020?
My vision for myself alongside other female filmmakers is to be able to build a financial system for us to support building a studio in Boston and producing different types of projects that can be shared on public media as well as the commercial world.
What’s one way you would suggest people “Change the Lens”?
Other ways to “Change the Lens” would be to financially support the development of women-led projects.
What advice would you give to a new female filmmaker?
My advice to a new female filmmaker is to remember to have fun. I feel that we all get so embedded in our work that we forget to enjoy the process. Making films as an independent artist is really intense, but so worth it!
Which women in the New England region inspire you?
Lisa Simmons of the Roxbury International Film Festival
What film or series are looking forward to watching this year? Why?
I’m sooo excited to see The Photograph starring Issa Rae and Lakeith Stanfield!
Attending any film festivals or events, and why you are attending them?
I try to attend as many events as possible specifically in MA. The last festival that I attended was RIDM in Montreal representing DER. I was there to participate in the pitch fest and to look out for any content that DER could distribute. The next festival I hope to attend is the Roxbury International Film Festival.
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