Saturday, April 14 at 12:30 PM
Plays With: Heard Hair Wolf William Feagins, Jr. | Atlanta, GA | 86 min
Genre: Documentary Feature
In this heartfelt documentary, twelve African-American women from a variety of professions–a paramedic, a tattoo artist, a web developer, a marketing consultant, a welder, a boxer, a DJ, and others–share intimate stories about the challenges, and joys, of their professional lives.
We asked our filmmakers some questions about them and their work. For further questions, join us at the designated post-screening Q+A!
William Feagins, Jr.:
1. What is your connection to the South?
My connection to the South is currently as a resident since 2009 but also my connection goes further back to my father’s side of the family. My father is from Alabama and as a kid, my sisters and I would visit and spend time at his mothers house.
2. Where did you get your inspiration for this work?
The inspiration for “The Possibility of Her” came from the women in my life. Through our various conversations I became increasingly curious about their lives and more so for those who were involved in fields which were traditionally male dominated. My friends are awesome and amazing and do great things but people rarely hear about the behind-the-scenes issues they deal with on a daily basis. So I was inspired to not only share their trials but also celebrate their triumphs and continue to offer hope to others.
3. How did you start making films?
I started making films when I was doing spoken word poetry and I wanted to document a trip I made from my hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to Columbus, GA to perform and promote my poetry book. After having that experience of creating a DVD from the actual performance and b-roll of the trip. In 2006 I went on to make a more formal documentary for a friend of mine who is a hip-hop artist and wanted to promote a new project he was working on. That film took 2 years on and off to complete but it confirmed my interest in documentary filmmaking and I’ve been hooked ever since!
4. Did anything interesting or funny happen on set during the shooting?
While filming the interview portion for Ayo (welder) we had to repeatedly stop and start over because her workshop was in the flight path of the Atlanta international airport and apparently it was peak flight time. Several times just as she was getting to an important part of her answer you would hear a passenger jet fly overhead.
5. What do you look forward to the most during Indie Grits?
Meeting other filmmakers, viewing the other films and hearing the QAs is what I look forward to the most. I always feel more motivated and inspired afterwards.
6. Why should someone see your film?
People should see my film because women’s voices, especially women of color, are often ignored or not taken seriously. “The Possibility of Her” offers a platform for the women featured to share their dreams, challenges and achievements.