Women in Film & Television Atlanta will celebrate International Women’s Day and Emmy-winning filmmaker Fran Burst-Terranella at a free screening of Fran’s SAG-indie feature film, “The 12 Lives of Sissy Carlyle,” March 8, 2018 at 7 p.m. at the Cinevision Corporation Screening Room in Atlanta.
“The 12 Lives of Sissy Carlyle” was part of the South Georgia Film Festival on March 3, 2018, and is winning awards and audiences at home and abroad. With women in key roles both in front of and behind the camera, this Georgia-made film focuses on shy, spunky Sissy Carlyle who has 11 secret lives – bold adventures of daring, imaginary women she creates in her private journals. As the film unfolds, Sissy begins to discover what her real life, #12, might become.
Like Sissy, Fran often chooses adventurous paths. When her first filmmaking professor announced, “You girls can stay in this class, but everyone knows that women don’t make movies.” Fran decided “he certainly doesn’t mean me.” Four years later, she became the first woman to graduate as a director from the University of Texas’ graduate film school. To date, Fran has created more than 700 productions and received more than 100 industry honors and awards. She is a founding member and past president of Women in Film & Television Atlanta, founding member of Atlanta Film Society, past co-president of Georgia Production Partnership, and a member of the Producers Guild of America, Women in Film/Los Angeles and Film Fatales, among other filmmaking industry organizations.
“I’m delighted to be part of Women in Film & Television Atlanta’s International Women’s Day celebration of the achievements of women,” said Fran, one of the first American women to produce and direct her first feature film at age 60-plus. “As we #PressforProgress together to create a gender inclusive world, we open the door for women to give voice to the infinite number of astonishing stories we have yet to tell.”