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.”
Author Barbara Ann O'Leary
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.
I find I’m constantly reminding myself that you never really know what’s going on for that stranger that may have cut you off in traffic, or the homeless person asking for change, or the co-worker who is a little grumpy. Everyone has a story and there’s always so much more going on underneath what we see on the outside.
I wanted the dialogue in the film to feel real, I wanted artistic photography but also have a documentary feel. I wanted to be ‘inside’. To this end, I let the actors improv parts of scenes, to try to feel more part of their world. I didn’t want the standard TV-fare — you speak/beat/I speak… that’s not the way people actually talk.
I think that is definitely one of the most exciting aspects, of people feeling encouraged to put something on, with a support network on the ground who help with tips and enthusiasm. We’ve seen film clubs form during September and go from strength to strength, like Reel Good Film Club who celebrate people of colour in front of and behind the camera.
“The intention of the #DirectedbyWomen Worldwide Film Viewing Party is to invite film lovers to…
I’ve always loved telling stories, whether through writing or filmmaking, and about twelve years ago, some friends of my parent’s originally told me about the “Nazi gold” that was found in town. What a hook! From there, I started researching and the more I learned, the more fascinated I became because it opened up so many questions: about ownership, about the value of art, about the legacy of war, and even about how we tell stories.