JC Farris is an independent writer, filmmaker and overall artistic enthusiast. She received her undergrad degree in Cinema from Southern Illinois University studying Screenwriting and Film Production. After moving to the great city of Chicago she’s continued her studies with acting, improvisation and comedy writing. She has written dozens of short screenplays and a handful of features. Recently she directed her 10th short film. She looks forward to all the creative adventures yet to come! Check out some of her work at her website.
1. What’s been keeping you up at night?
Always questioning if I’m doing enough of the right things. Filmmaking is beyond challenging, you have to hustle to get anywhere with your work and it can consume every moment of your life if you let it. I know I have the work ethic, but I can be blinded by that sometimes. Balancing finding paid work, my passion work, time with my boyfriend, friends, family, keeping up with the news, educating myself on new things, taking care of my health, relaxing time etc. it can get overwhelming and I constantly question my time management. Then again worrying is the thief of joy so I’m working on my chilling skills.
Worrying is the thief of joy so I’m working on my chilling skills.
2. What’s the coolest thing you’ve seen or heard lately?
I was at a film festival recently where I had the pleasure of seeing several incredible films and got to meet some of the filmmakers. The one that really stuck out was by a director named Mak Abdel-Hai from Vancouver – he turned his apartment into a Syrian warzone for his film, now that was impressive!
3. What’s the most exciting thing you’re working on right now?
Just finished an amazing short film for a race, we’re waiting on the results from the judges, but I am beyond thrilled with how it turned out and am excited to share it with the world.
Also, I’m currently rewriting a short psychological thriller script I’m hoping to produce early next year. I’m particularly excited about this script because it features 4 strong female characters all over the age of 30, which you don’t see often.
We Hate Bob, by Angry Tree Films
4. If you could add anyone, alive or dead to your team, who would it be?
This is a seriously difficult question! Uh…Akira Kurosawa, Jane Campion and John Sayles are who immediately come to mind, but there are many, many more I could name.
5. When the movie of your life is made, what will it be called?
She Almost Had It Figured Out, Then The Wine & Cheese Came. I’m seriously bad with titles.