Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
SS: I became a filmmaker because I had something to say and I found film to be the best way to share those stories with others. My films reflect my passion for telling stories with and about girls, women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ communities and the elderly.
Q: What are we going to see at EFPalooza? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
SS: Scary Lucy, is the second film created through Project DU F.I.L.M. (film initiative linking mentors). Created in 2015 Project DU F.I.L.M. brings together University of Denver students and alumni to work alongside Denver filmmaking professionals as we work to change the face of filmmaking in front of and behind the camera. Our stories focus on diverse populations and deliberately make room for diverse crews.
Directed by local filmmaker, Marteene Diaz, the film stars local Denver comics Christie Buchele and Janae Burris. After seeing a hideous statue dedicated to her comedic idol, Lucille Ball, a risk averse comedienne battling a recent breast cancer diagnosis makes it her mission to destroy Scary Lucy. The film has screened across the globe, from Melbourne to Cambridge, UK to Atlanta in over 25 different festivals and venues.
Q: What else are you working on?
SS: I will be filming a new short, Hunting Season, in summer, 2020. In this short film critiquing the impact of toxic masculinity, a comedienne finds herself caught in the crosshairs when she takes a job entertaining a bar full of deer hunters.
Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
SS: The film is loosely based on a true story of a statue known as Scary Lucy. Google it and see for yourself!
Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about EFPalooza or The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
SS: You all rock! Thanks for your unwavering support of film and filmmakers!
Scary Lucy will screen Saturday, March 21st at 3:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre as part of the “A Decade of Colorado Independent Women of Film” block during the 2020 EFPalooza Film Festival.