Cheryl Eagan-Donovan – WIFVNE Member from MA
Writer/Director/Producer – President & Founder, Controversy Films
What do you love about your work?
The best part of being a filmmaker is meeting people from around the world, from many different backgrounds, and learning about music, history, art, and literature from accomplished artists and scholars, and ultimately discovering unique stories to share.
What is your vision for yourself, female filmmakers, or the media industry in 2020?
I believe in the power of art to change lives, and 2020 presents us with an opportunity to continue breaking the rules and pushing the envelope, to make films and episodic TV series that include stories based on the lives of female and LGBTQ+ true heroes, ranging from projects like Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of Little Women to Ryan Murphy’s ground-breaking hit Pose to Ru Paul’s new Netflix series A.J. & the Queen.
What’s one way you would suggest people “Change the Lens”? (Such as going to see women directed movies, or pushing for an inclusion rider)
In addition to supporting films written, directed, and produced by women at the box, I believe in the power of mentoring filmmakers and encouraging them to be brave enough to tell stories that challenge viewers to reconsider the world and what it means to be human.
What advice would you give to a new female filmmaker?
Take risks, persist, don’t take no for answer, and believe in your ability to learn on the job.
Which women in the New England region inspire you?
Michele Meek, Tracy Heather Strain, Amy Geller, Allie Humenuk, Maria Agui Carter, Lyda Kuth, Alecia Orsini, Lucia Small, Karen Schmeer, Harriet Reisen, Susan Gray, Ivy Moylan, Kristen Kearns, to name just a few.
What film or series are looking forward to watching this year? Why?
Pose, A.J. & the Queen, Birds of Prey, Mulan, 9 to 5:Story of a Movement by Julia Reichert, A Most Beautiful Thing by Mary Mazzio, and Lulu Wang’s next film: Children of the New World
Are you attending any film festivals or events, and why you are attending them.
I’m very excited to be attending the 2020 SXSW Film Festival as a screenwriting mentor! This is my 4th time attending SXSW, the best indie film festival in the world. Amazing films, friends, networking, music, and food!
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