“In the midst of my initial annoyance with this film, I started to see myself in terms of questions… The most phenomenal thing about this film is that Sharp doesn’t “direct” you to think or feel anything at all. Imagine that. The audience is like a fly on the wall (a literal reference in the film) seeing this play out. Realistic people in real situations that everyone has experienced at some point in their lives. You are challenged to not only draw your own conclusions, but also question your reasons for doing so. Una Great Movie is a film that you see because you are ready for that deeper element that has been missing in the film industry… definitely one of the best of its kind for all time.”
On this episode, filmmaker Jennifer Sharp joins host Jason Godbey in the Rabbit Hole Studio and talks about her feature film Una Great Movie.
After being selected as the opening night film at the 2019 Cineodessy Film Festival, “Una Great Movie” was awarded the highest honor of the festival – Best Film!
This award is given out to the filmmaker who has gone beyond the traditional narrative to create and tell stories that engage, educate, inspire and challenge the way we think about ourselves, our environment and our narrative. Both of your films have changed the way we look at filmmaking and has deconstructed so many narratives allowing audiences to think differently about the way the see films and see people of color in films.
Watch Jennifer discuss festivals, the state of black films, and getting movies made with other filmmakers and Lisa Simmons, the director of the Roxbury Film Festival.
“A recent film that had me immersed in thought long after it ended was: Una Great Movie… It’s funny, full of heart, and entertaining for the entirety of its 96 minutes.”
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The Amazing Latin Discoveries at Brooklyn Film Festival 2019.
“Extremely funny and smart, it’s filled with eccentric characters, including 50 local Mexicans, and a unique comedic style.”
Women In Film, Los Angeles on Wednesday announced the recipients of its 33rd annual Film Finishing Fund. The nine grantees were chosen from 390 feature-length narrative films, documentaries and shorts that were submitted from 22 countries.
The Film Finishing Fund provides cash grants and “in-kind” production services to complete projects that fit the criteria of being by or about women. The works-in-progress are viewed by a special jury of women in the industry that select the winning films.
“The 2018 grantees tackle some of society’s most pressing issues and work in innovative ways to tell excellent stories that matter,” WIF executive director Kirsten Schaffer said in a statement. “Through the Film Finishing Fund, we are able to support these filmmakers at a crucial moment of their journey to help ensure their voices are heard. We, along with our partners Stella Artois, are proud to support them and look forward to their success.”
For the second year, Stella Artois is awarding four $25,000 grants to fiction and documentary films by women that inspire social change.
“These female filmmakers represent the future of film, which is why we’re so proud that through our partnership with Women in Film we’re able to help them hone their craft and get their work in front of the industry at film festivals across the country,” said Stella Artois vp Lara Krug. “Last year, our Film Finishing Fund grantees highlighted provocative issues at the forefront of culture and conversation, making a splash at some of the country’s most renowned film festivals, and we look forward to celebrating our next round of grantees as they embark on their own festival journey.
Past recipients of the fund have gone on to win Academy, Emmy, Sundance, Berlin Film Festival and Peabody Awards, among other recognitions.
Una Great Movie was among the 3 narrative feature films selected.
Directed by Jennifer Sharp
In what world does an airplane land directly in your shot right when you need one?
The world of A Great Movie!