What It’s Like to Be a Woman Filmmaker

Indie filmmakers and longtime friends Annie Howell and Lisa Robinson talk about their buzz-worthy new project, Small, Beautifully Moving Parts: why women of all ages should see it and what it’s like being a mother in the film industry

by Samantha Lear
Photograph: Photo courtesy of Long Shot Factory

More: What was it like to work with a friend on this project?
LR: Two brains are better than one. We’re in a constant conversation. Those conversations that someone might have with herself, we have with one another. We have a ridiculous amount of communication on a daily basis.

AH: Probably more than with our significant others or our children.

LR: The amount of back and forth that we have has been really effective, creative and rewarding.

More: What’s one funny thing that happened while you were making the film?
AH: We were so lucky that we didn’t have any major difficulties on our road trip. The only time that I was seriously worried about something going wrong was when we left a bottle of champagne—for Anna Margaret [Howell, the film’s lead actress]’s birthday—in a locked van in the 105 degree heat. I thought there was going to be champagne everywhere. It did not explode, remarkably. We had some tech god watching over us.

More: How do you juggle having children and a family with the demands of movie making?
AH: When I was in my 20s, I tried to be 110 percent at everything, but now I understand what’s possible and what’s not possible. That’s the only way anyone can play multiple roles. Accepting that is very liberating and allows you to be very good at the one thing you are focusing on—but just that thing.

LR: I think there’s no perfect solution; you juggle in the best way you can.



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