Jennifer Potts – WIFVNE Member
Filmmaker & Professor
Independent Filmmaker (Self) and Regis College
What do you love about your work?
I love the balance of teaching part time and having time to work on my own films/screenplays.
What is your vision for yourself, female filmmakers, or the media industry in 2020?
This year, I am focusing on writing. I am cleaning up two feature screenplays and submitting them to festivals and competitions, while also writing my first TV pilot. I am also trying to get funding for my first animated project. My overall 2020 goal is to sign with a screenwriting manager.
What’s one way you would suggest people “Change the Lens”?
I would suggest hiring and working with female-led films. If hiring a crew, hire women. I hire a minimum of 50% women on my crews. I also seek to hire women in lead roles like producer, cinematographer, editor, etc. I think it is also important to have men on majority female crews so that we change their “norm” as well.
What advice would you give to a new female filmmaker?
Work hard, be authentic, and embrace rejection – it means you are working and putting yourself out there.
Which women in the New England region inspire you?
My daughters are my greatest inspiration. They are strong, politically and socially aware, and true to themselves.
What film or series are looking forward to watching this year? Why?
I cannot pinpoint one film or series. There is so much great work out there right now and I try to take in as much as I can. I am thrilled about the role of women in television and try to watch as many female-written shows as possible.
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