Stacy Buchanan of Massachusetts – Senior Producer @ WGBH // Co-founder & Producer @ Wicked Bird Media
What’s the best part about your work?
My co-workers, work environment, and the creative freedom I have on projects.
What challenges have you’ve faced in this industry as a woman?
Being taken seriously/seen as an equal/professional/peer, dismissal of ideas/workflows. I’m not saying it’s often, but it does happen.
In the age of #MeToo & #TimesUp, what do you hope to see happening in the future for women in our industry?
That we are seen as equals, given the same opportunities, and capable of the same responsibilities and pay, like our male counterparts.
What’s one way you would suggest people “Change the Lens”?
Push for more female leads/female-driven stories IN film. When we see ourselves on screen, the representation turns into an effortless opportunity to inspire more women to pursue careers in the industry.
What advice would you give to a new female filmmaker?
You can be an advocate, but don’t forget to challenge yourself, and focus on being the best industry professional you can be. AND MAKE THINGS HAPPEN. CREATE. WORK. Don’t just talk, DO IT.
What goals do you have for this year?
My first documentary, THE MAN IN THE MASK (about an actor on a mission to resurrect his former career at all costs), has a sales agent and has been submitted to 2019 film festivals — and fingers crossed for a healthy run/sale! Will also be pitching a couple of documentary projects to cable networks! I’ve got two documentaries that I’m prepping for the adventure (see below in “what are you working on?”)
What women in the region (New England) inspire you?
All of my female colleagues that are creating. Conversation is great, but action is greater. And when we band together to complete a project, no matter what the challenges are, we prove to that we are capable of anything and have more power than we realize.
Upcoming Events or Announcements? What are you working on?
Currently producing a couple of music series’ at WGBH (Front Row Boston, Front Row Boston: In Studio, and Front Row Boston: Live at Fraser), and am in post-production on my 2nd full feature documentary THE PRIEST KILLER (about a clergy sexual abuse survivor who makes horror films as a form of therapy/advocacy), and in the late spring/early summer am going into production on my 3rd documentary SUPER CONNECTED: THE STORY OF FORT APACHE STUDIOS (a music documentary about Fort Apache studios in Boston.)
How can your fans find you!?
Wicked Bird Media: www.wickedbirdmedia.com