Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
JD: I’ve always loved storytelling and film. I started writing screenplays eight years ago and was happy to keep it to writing. I was forced into filmmaking when I made Sundance’s second round—after seven years of trying— and realized that I didn’t have a chance without a short. Secretly Left Handed is that short. I learned so much in making this film. Acting is not as easy as we all think! You think about the lines differently when you have to say them.
Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
Q: What else are you working on?
JD: My latest script is called Thread of Truth. It’s a thriller about a neurotic fashion designer with trust issues who travels to the Soviet Union to save her sister from kidnappers, dodging the KGB and Russian mob while falling for a man who lies for a living.
Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
JD: I’ve moved 11 times in the past 20 years following my government pilot husband all over the country. He just retired from flying and we are here in CO for the long haul. Most of my scripts are middle-aged, coming-of-age dramedies.
Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
JD: I am a member of the Boulder Writing Studio. We just finished a short by Christine Barbour & Ray Keller called Tinder Box and we will be creating more shorts in the next few months. You can find us at: http://www.
Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?