Cinema Without Borders interview with Grace McPhillips

Bijan Tehrani:  How did you come up with the idea of making THE OTHER ONE?
Grace McPhillips: My film THE OTHER ONE was originally a short film I had been cast in, but that had never been made.  It was a script that haunted me, spurred my imagination towards different story lines, and I saw the film fit perfectly in a location I knew I had pretty unlimited access to. So when it came time for me to produce and star in a feature, that screenplay immediately came to mind.

The short was only 15 pages and a feature needs to be closer to 85 pages, so we, the other lead actors and the director, took a collaborative creation approach and we developed a storyline and script within 3 months and immediately went into filming.

BT:  You are an independent producer and filmmaker with an extensive background in arts, has that background helped you as a filmmaker?
GM: Having a diverse background in the arts is super helpful for perspective and gumption.  I was mostly dancing, singing, and acting in musical theater prior to film, but choreographed in addition to performing, which is a lot like producing and starring.  It's deciding how you want the cake to be made and then being the one who walks out with it on your finest cake platter.

Epic Producer's Patio- Sundance Panel- Why Female Filmmakers are Good Investments!

Maybe you were there and want to hear the goodness again, or maybe you weren't able to be at Sundance with us, but either way, as promised, here is the recording of the panel discussion!

BIG THANKS TO HEWLETT PACKARD FOR MAKING THIS PANEL POSSIBLE!   YOUR TECHNOLOGY, HOSPITALITY, AND SUPPORT FOR WOMEN IN INDIE FILM ROCKS!

BIG THANKS TO HEWLETT PACKARD FOR MAKING THIS PANEL POSSIBLE! YOUR TECHNOLOGY, HOSPITALITY, AND SUPPORT FOR WOMEN IN INDIE FILM ROCKS!

Nina Yang Bongiovi, Angela C. Lee, Julie Parker-Benello, Michele Turnure-Salleo, Jennifer Phang, and Grace McPhillips, HP Sundance House 2015

Nina Yang Bongiovi, Angela C. Lee, Julie Parker-Benello, Michele Turnure-Salleo, Jennifer Phang, and Grace McPhillips, HP Sundance House 2015

Learn more about the Sundance Successes!

  • Full list of all Sundance Award Winning Films 
    • San Francisco Film Society supported films: U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Collaborative Vision: "Advantageous," Jacqueline Kim and Jennifer Phang/ U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Verite Filmmaking: "Western," Directors: Bill and Turner Ross

    • Chicken and Egg Pictures supported films: U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Break Out First Feature -"(T) error" by Lyric Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe/ Directing Award for World Cinema Documentary- "Dreamcatchers" by Kim Longinotto 

  • SONGS MY BROTHER TAUGHT ME- PRESS Indiewire
  • DOPE- PRESS New York Times

Technical Note/ Apology- I am a VO Artist and certainly know better, when dealing with microphones, but you will hear a little bauble noise every now and then from, eh ehm... my necklace.  I want to apologize for that but also say it was worth it.  I was wearing the words of Helen Keller "Life is either a great adventure or nothing." If you know me well, you know I grew up not only under the legend of the Fitzgeralds, but in the home of Mildred Tyson, Helen's sister.  The south is full of inspiring women and along with having the honor of moderating a conversation with these inspiring women, I proudly to wore the words of Helen! Words to live by!

A-LISTERS WON'T SAVE YOUR MOVIE: Why You Don't Need Jennifer Lawrence on Your Team

 

THE PRODUCERS PATIO

Today we talk with longtime team Josh Rosenberg and Scott Foley, creators of the upcoming feature Jessica, about the selection of crew and cast, how to start audience building before you shoot one frame, and who really cares about the names in your independent movie. Hosted by Corbett Lunsfordand Grace McPhillips of Sterling Rock Productions in Chicago.

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