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Meet the Filmmakers: Brandy Mello & Matthew Kirkman, “Barking Brave”

Brandy Mello, Producer

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
BM: I have always loved film as a medium ā€“ the use of movement and light paired with sound to stir emotion. It is an amazing way to tell a story.

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
BM: Barking Brave is a short film about a young girl facing her fears. We hosted a private screening for cast and crew. It was then screened in Boulder at Colorado Film Incubator, the Intendence Film Festival, the Colorado Independent Women of Film Festival and EFP.

Q: What else are you working on?
BM: We have compiled a list of festivals to which we are submitting Barking Brave. I am currently working on a novel which will be submitted to agents in the Spring. After that I would like to direct a short through the same collaborative process we used for Barking Brave. We gathered scripts and selected one and from there we asked around in the Boulder film community for individuals willing to dedicate some time to the project.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
BM: I have worked mostly on promotional video. This is my first narrative short film.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
BM: https://brandymello.blogspot.com
https://vimeo.com/velvetplaidproductions

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
BM: I am grateful that the Emerging Filmmakers Project has given us an opportunity to screen our work. This is really exciting! I got my feet wet in the Boulder community, but I live in Denver now and am excited to get to know the Denver film community.

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
MK: I became a filmmaker because I enjoyed making crazy films in high school.

Matthew Kirkman, Director

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
MK: You will see Barking Brave, a shot about a little girl facing her fear of dogs. The film has been submitted to several film festivals.

Q: What else are you working on?
MK: I am currently working on an animated short envisioning an arctic world dressed up for Halloween.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
MK: I prefer sleeping on the floor. I am told this is weird.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
MK: To find out more about my work you can visit my vimeo page at: vimeo.com/mkirkman

Barking Brave will screen Saturday, February 23rd at 8:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre as part of the Narrative & Documentary Shorts block during theĀ 2019 EFPalooza Film Festival.