Perri Peltz and Geeta Gandbhir: A call-­to-­action

DBW: What moved you to create your documentary Prison Dogs about prison inmates, who train service dogs to support veterans with PTSD? What’s at the heart of the film?

GG: We were looking for a prison reform story. This story resounded with us because it really focused on second chances, not just for the men who were incarcerated but for the veterans too. That the vehicle was something you wouldn’t think of — a puppy — for healing and for the inmates to give back and the veterans to regain their lives — was a full story. Continue reading “Perri Peltz and Geeta Gandbhir: A call-­to-­action”

Nicole Franklin: #FilmAFeatureIn8Days

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DBW: You had the opportunity to bring your film TITLE VII to Urbanworld earlier this month. Can you take us into that experience a little bit? What’s it like to engage your work with the Urbanworld audience?

NF: What an honor it was to be a part of the Urbanworld experience for the first time as a filmmaker (I was actually an actress in a short featured there a few years ago). As I’ve said through my entire career, if it weren’t for the “urban” film festivals, most of us filmmakers would have never been heard of! Continue reading “Nicole Franklin: #FilmAFeatureIn8Days”

Jenny Fraser: Diverting from the gatekeeper’s stairway

At Tallebudgera Creek for the Solid Screen Festival Opening Ceremony 2016
Linda Biumaiwai doing the Yugambeh #WelcomeToCountry for Solid Screen Festival at Tallebudgera Gold Coast
Linda Biumaiwai doing the Yugambeh #WelcomeToCountry for Solid Screen Festival at Tallebudgera Gold Coast. Linda Biumaiwai belongs to the Mununjali people of Beaudesert which forms part of the Yugambeh Language region.

DBW: It’s great to have the SOLID SCREEN Festival taking place during #DirectedbyWomen Worldwide Film Viewing Party. Your festival features work by “Indigenous Women ScreenMakers and acknowledges historically important screen culture.” Tell us about the program and what your festival is all about.

JF: The focus for the 2016 Solid Screen Festival is Australasia Pacific. The main curatorial premise for Solid Screen Festival is based on who can be present at the screening, because the important thing to me is that the director can introduce the film, and ideally they will be a mix of locals and internationals. Personally, I find that direct access to listening to a film maker can inspire Indigenous audiences in a magic way. This process means that the screen works for Solid Screen Festival are the last priority on the list after making sure that things like travel and accommodation are organised. Because the Solid event focuses on women I know I have to cast the net widely and invite many more than will attend, due to women being primary care givers and also holding down jobs and other commitments simultaneously. It’s worth it though, as the speakers are documented and their voice can then go that bit further towards the longevity of screen culture. In Australia this is unique as there aren’t many Indigenous Film Festivals and the dissemination of information about Indigenous Screen Culture in Universities and other institutions is almost unheard of these days. Continue reading “Jenny Fraser: Diverting from the gatekeeper’s stairway”