On the 30th May, Women in Film and TV UK featured an interview with Director, Debbie Howard about the making of her feature documentary, Still Loved.
We all know that getting a film made is not easy. But once you’ve achieved that part, what about the Herculean effort needed to get it out into the world?
Over the last few years WFTV has been keeping a keen eye on the progress of Still Loved, the debut feature-length documentary from former WFTV mentee Debbie Howard (above centre). The film explores the complex reality for families surviving baby loss. It’s a brave and moving documentary but – because of its challenging subject matter – it’s not an easy sell.
Undeterred, Debbie has used a number of different strategies to build an audience for the film and make sure its important message does not go unheard. So WFTV decided to catch up with her shortly after Still Loved‘s DVD release to find out how she’s done it and what tips she would pass on to fellow-filmmakers trying to get their film seen.
“From the very beginning I was told repeatedly not to make this film. People said ‘There is no audience. People won’t watch it. It’s too sad.’”
You can read the full article on the WFTV UK website here.
Things are progressing well with the Women in Film and TV Mentoring Scheme that our Director Debbie Howard is currently part of.
Every other week there are incredibly inspiring talks given by the other mentees on the scheme. So far we’ve covered working as a stunt women with Amanda Foster, writer multidimensional female characters with Adeela Sharif Antunes, Motion Graphics with Allison Brownmoore, how a DoP prepares for business with Audrey Aquilina, crowd funding with Lisa Francesca Nand and writing three act structure for thriller with Lotus Hannon. Lots more to come.
Debbie has begun meeting with her mentor Beadie Finzi from Britdoc, who’s advice and guidance is proving to be incredibly beneficial. Beadie’s wealth of knowledge about documentary is just what Debbie needs at this stage of making Still Loved.
As well as the regular meetings and talks there are extra sessions, from looking at improving CV’s to speed dating and networking sessions with other industry professionals. As part of the scheme Debbie is also meeting with Nicola Shindler of RED in a few weeks time in Manchester.
Led by Nicola Lees – TV Mole the sessions are dynamic and hugely productive and have already had a big impact on the mentees careers.
I’m absolutely thrilled to say that I’ve been selected for the prestigiuos Women in Film and Television UK Mentoring Scheme 2014.
This sounds like a very exiting opportunity and will begin in January 2014 through to the summer. I’ll be working with 20 other dynamic female mentees, taking part in a great program in London. I’m not sure yet who my mentor will be, but trust it will be someone with great expertise and skill who can help me develop my own work.
This has come at a great time whilst completing Still Born, Still Loved, our feature documentary about stillbirth and baby loss.
A big thank you Nicola Lees and all those at Women in Film and Television for selecting me for this program. I can’t wait to get started!
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