The day after her grandson was born, this Emmy-winning film director and producer learned her new film was accepted by the Atlanta Film Festival for a March 27, 2017 world premiere. How appropriate for a trailblazer whose 40-year filmmaking career – with 700+ productions and 100+ industry honors – has revolved around family, storytelling and growing the film industry.
A month after the sold-out world premiere and encore presentation of The 12 Lives of Sissy Carlyle in Atlanta, Fran’s indie film was featured last night at Milledgeville Film Festival’s Great Films with Southern Hospitality. Fran will participate in the festival’s “Women in Film Panel” at noon today, April 27, 2017 about women’s impact in filmmaking.
“I hope 50 percent of what we see on our screens will be directed and written by women within the next five years,” said Fran, who is one of the first American women to produce/direct an indie feature film at age 60+. “Since women and men often tell stories quite differently, I want to do everything I can to help more women give voice to the infinite number of stories they have yet to tell.”