Meet the Filmmaker: Chris Freeman, “Girl Meets Germs”

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
CF: Since I was a little kid, I’ve always been obsessed with movies; often watching the entertaining ones over and over. I’ve also always been equally fascinated with the process of making movies; I was that kid who actually watched all the special features on a DVD/Blu Ray. I have always seen film as art, which is probably why I feel I get so much out of it as a viewer and creator. Film has always been my one passion, and I woke up one day a few years ago and said, now is the time. My wife, Rachel Freeman, also loves film and decided she was up for becoming a film editor on these movies we make together.
Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
CF: Girl Meets Germs is the first film I ever shot/directed. It is a romantic comedy about a germaphobic college girl who just wants to study in peace at the local library, but becomes distracted when a boisterous, sloppy college boy sits at her table. Romantic Comedy isn’t the genre I’m typically attracted to as a storyteller, so I wanted to make it different by having it be 99% dialogue-free. It has been selected into four film festivals so far, including several in Colorado: the Lyons Film Festival, Intendence Film Festival, and the upcoming Blissfest333 International Film Festival on August 5th and 6th. After we wrap up the summer leg of the Colorado festival tour, we will perhaps submit it to some out-of-state festivals.
Q: What else are you working on?
CF: Our next short film, Speed Trap, is shooting in September, with a hopeful 2018 release date. It is a thriller and couldn’t be further from the genre of Girl Meets Germs. Audiences will get to see Girl Meets Germs‘ lead actor Mikaela Mae Hofbauer play around with a different role and genre. Fun fact: Girl Meets Germs co-lead actor Connor W. Anderson (a veteran Colorado filmmaker) will be the Director of Photography on this upcoming shoot. I can’t say anything else about it at the moment, but this is the first time it has been mentioned in public; we haven’t even announced it on social media yet. I can say it will be our first outdoor shoot and will make epic use of Colorado scenery.
Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
CF: We have two chihuahuas: Lula Mae and Daisy Rey. Lula has made it into our first two short films, Girl Meets Germs and Mr. Fuffles. In Girl Meets Germs, she can be seen on the wall in an Andy Warhol-style print behind Mikaela as she wipes down the table. In Mr. Fuffles, she is again on the wall in the form of a Christmas card, wearing a Santa hat. It’s turned into a Where’s Waldo hunt for those paying attention. Poor Daisy has not been featured yet on screen, so maybe it’s her turn.
Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
CF: The EFP is a great resource for new and established filmmakers in Colorado. The chance to screen my film in front of a Denver crowd of film lovers is exciting. I am grateful for the opportunity, and thankful for the hard work the EFP crew puts into programming/screening the event each month. I am excited to attend future screenings as well!
Girl Meets Germs will screen at The Emerging Filmmakers Project on Thursday, July 20th at The Bug Theatre.