Meet the Filmmaker: Natalie Villa, “With the Power of a Thousand Suns”

With the Power of a Thousand Sunshttp://natalievilla34.wixsite.com/natalieannevilla

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
NV: I have always been in love with the movies. I really loved how you could get sucked into the world they created and make people see something in a new way. I became a filmmaker to create these worlds and hopefully change at least one person’s point of view.

Q: What are we going to see at Mile Hi Mocs & Docs? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
NV: We are going to see With the Power of a Thousand Suns, a short documentary showing Roxanne Mena’s journey after learning of her recent multiple sclerosis diagnosis. It has screened at a couple of other places including the Ridgway Moonwalk Film Festival, where it won best amateur film and audience choice. It also screened at the Oklahoma Cine Latino Film Festival, where I received the best short documentary film award.

I’m hoping to use this film as a showcase my work and hopefully gain new filmmaking opportunities.

Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival? Is it just for the filmmaking community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?
NV: I think anyone would enjoy attending the festival. It’s a great place to see the amazing work local filmmakers are doing. Plus you can probably learn something you might not have known anything about!

Q: What else are you working on?
NV: Currently, I am writing a short stop motion film with my sister. We hope to be shooting by spring next year. I also am working to create video content for a regional arts organization.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
NV: Weird thing about my movies – I cast either one of my siblings, mom or dad in everyone of my films. You’ll even see them in this documentary 🙂

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
NV: You can find more information about me and my work at http://natalievilla34.wixsite.com/natalieannevilla.

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about Mile Hi Mocs & Docs and The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
NV: Thank you for what you do and for screening my film!

With the Power of a Thousand Suns will screen December 3rd at 8:00pm during the 2017 Mile Hi Mocs & Docs Film Festival at The Bug Theatre.