Author Barbara Ann O'Leary
It’s a film about two women who realize something needs to change in their lives and they have to fight for it for themselves.
The story has always been for me about that time after a crisis when you have an opportunity to make change. It’s a terrifying, magical part of the grief process, and to be able to find the strength to challenge the patterns that we cling to in our relationships seems to be an extraordinary thing.
Even though I/ we want them to have fun filming, I hope they will learn that filmmaking is not just having a camera and going out. You have to know your story and plan it out. Commitment is something that I hope the kids understand. Filmmaking is not about just one person but the crew too. It’s team work. You have to appreciate people who help you and you have to learn how to communicate with them.
My study of female filmmakers began when I was getting my MA at the CUNY Graduate Center and in my film studies endeavors delved into the stories of the incredible women of Early Hollywood.
Everyone on set – women and men – fully embraced that we were making a film about menstruation. There was no true awkwardness because we intentionally created an environment where it was perfectly “normal.”
I’d like for people to not get hung up on language when they think of gender identity and language. I find that way they are open to actually being inclusive. It is about listening to one another and meeting people where they are as human beings.