Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
EP: I’ve been doing theatre ever since I was a little kid, and I studied it all through school and college. I moved to NYC in August of 2016, ready to pursue playwriting, acting, and directing for theatre – but I found myself working on film projects and getting more involved with the NYC film scene! I love films and have always wanted to make one… so I wrote one – the one that’s showing tonight – and we made it! I find filmmaking to be an electrifying medium in every part of the process and I’m thrilled to be discovering it.
Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
EP: My first film, Tenny! It has screened at an art gallery event my sister hosted in Denver, screened at a small festival in New York City, and has been presented at a couple online festivals. I’ll submit it to places when I stumble upon festivals fit for it, but for now, it’s available on Vimeo and it’s what I can show to gather support for future films 🙂
Q: What else are you working on?
EP So, I’m back in Colorado, my home state, to work on my next film! We are shooting the third week of March. It is a twenty-minute short, entitled High. Shot in Grand County, the film features two women characters: an unnerved young mother and a footloose ski bum, who unearth suppressed desires in a hazardous twist of encounters.
You can read more about the project here: https://www.seedandspark.com/fund/high#updates/15508
I also have a full-length play, Éléphant, that will be produced in the Planet Connections festival in NYC this summer. The play is about a 13-year-old growing up in a 19th-century Parisian Brothel who falls pregnant with, what she believes, is a baby elephant. The play explores themes of abuse, loneliness, and growing up – come on through if you’re there 😀
Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
EP My film High will be the first play or film I’ve ever written that doesn’t end tragically.
Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
EP: This is awesome, and I’m so thrilled to be interacting with the Colorado film community!
Tenny will screen at The Emerging Filmmakers Project on Thursday, March 15th at The Bug Theatre.