Meet the Filmmaker: Sydney Thomas, “The Story of Harriet”

The Story of Harriet – Sydney Thomas

Sydney ThomasEA: Why did you become a filmmaker?

ST: I’ve wanted to act in films since before I can remember, like really really young. And as I approached college I thought about how I can expand my love for film and directing just seemed like a right option. I then started the film and television BFA program at University of Colorado- Denver where I realized that there aren’t nearly enough women filmmakers in the business and I ought to make a difference too, dagnammit!


EA: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?

ST: The Story of Harriet, which is my second short film I’ve made. It has also screened at my school’s film awards, Cinefest.


EA: What else are you working on?

ST: I’m currently writing a really cheesy/kind-of-perfect murder mystery that takes place in a haunted mansion, all in the POV of the murderer (who is adorable, I might add).


EA: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?

ST: The first thing that comes to mind is that I always act as one of the leads in my films, and my good friend Steve usually always plays my opposite (because he’s the only one of my friends I can get to act) while my fiancé Bryce is always behind the camera working as the cinematographer. It’s like this weird Tim Burton/Helena Bonham Carter/ Johnny Depp thing going on.


EA: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?

ST: Here’s my Facebook url:


And my Vimeo url:




EA: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?

ST: Yes! I think this project is a fantastic way for filmmakers to not only have their work viewed and discussed, but an even better way to network and find other passionate cinephiles in the area to connect with and possibly collaborate with as well.


The Story of Harriet will be screening at the July Emerging Filmmakers Project!