F Word is a short, art film about a young woman, Nicole, raised by a single parent and empowered to make sense of the place (inside her) which is ‘normally’ inhabited by another parent. Much like myself, Nicole fights to make sense of her circumstances, exploring the social, industrial and natural world in a journey of self-discovery. The film investigates how and who we choose to inhabit in our lives, both present and absent. It speaks to both young and old alike, who have lost, misplaced, or are missing a person who has been part of their life story.
5 questions with F Word director, Savanah Leaf at the half-way mark.
Friday, February 24th, 2017
1Hi Savanah! Congrats on your beautiful film. What inspired you to make F Word? The story is a mixture between my own life experiences and the experiences of others. It's a story that came up after looking into my own relationship with my birth father. I realized that his absence has influenced how I interact with others, and especially men. Thus I wanted to explore a daughters relationship to her unknown father.
2This is your first short film. How difficult was it to make something that feels so raw and exposed? It is my first short film -- but I was surrounded by many people who were extremely hard working and had worked a lot more projects than I had. It also has a lot to do with Savanna, the actress. She is intuitive and felt connected to the piece, thus we were able to create something beautiful together.
3The cinematography in this film is beautiful. What was it like working with Mario Gonsalves and what was the type of feel you wanted to create with this film? Thank you, Mario is incredible! He listened really well and worked with the obstacles at hand. There's not many DoP's that get excited by restrictions --but Mario does. We had a very small equipment list, and he only had one extra pair of hands to help him. We kept the shot selection simple, and really thought about how each shot could help tell the story. We never deterred from the arc, which is why the visuals feel specific to each moment of the story.
4I love how honest this film felt. This film does a great job at showing how even even though this person hates her father, she also sympathizes and comes to terms with him as well. How important was that for you? It's interesting. I don't know about the word 'Hate'. I would say its hard to hate someone when you don't know them. But that's what's more frustrating. There is this internal battle at play here, and that's where you see these contrasting emotions. The whole point of the film was to show how people come to terms with things that are out of their control; you get angry at first, then you get frustrated with letting yourself get angry, then you get upset, and then hopefully, you learn to accept the circumstances or gain the courage to change them. This last part was most important for me, because you can't accept these sort of problems without forgiving. That's the internal battle we can all relate to-- having the courage to change your mindset or your outlook in order to achieve internal peace.
5What's next? I have a few short films in the works, and then hopefully, I can start working on a longer-form project.
About the Interviewer: Ben Hicks
Ben Hicks is a writer/director and co-founder of Fandependent Films. Ben is currently working on making Fandependent Films awesome and is finishing up his first feature film entitled Kids Go Free to Fun Fun Time which was selected for the 2017 IFP Narrative Lab.
The film with the most fans wins $1,000
For 2017 we are moving on from screening feature films and will be showcasing shorts.
For our Winter 2017 Festival, we are giving away $2,000 in prizes to the top three films.
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