Women Filmmakers: Sharing Their Story

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While checking out the local indie film scene in my hometown, Fort Worth, Texas I was reunited with two friends from college. I was happy to meet local filmmakers at the Fort Worth Indie Film Showcase. Read the story of two awesome women in film, whose film Given Circumstances debuted at the film festival. Watch the story of their film, complete with interviews from two actors in the movie.

Patrice M. Logan

Working on this film as the Executive Producer was amazing! I have had the opportunity to work with such an incredible group of people with different backgrounds and level of experience. No matter how big or small a production is, I believe that every production has something to give as it will help both the cast and crew learn. Given Circumstances has been in the works since the Spring of 2015 and won’t be released until late this year. It has truly been a rewarding journey from getting sponsorship and creating the artwork to seeing the film finally being screened!



Nicole Simmons

Given Circumstances was a pleasure to direct.  When I first read the script, I was very intrigued by the characters and concepts addressed. For me, the script was about two things: the consequences of selfish and impulsive decisions and the subject of fertility coming from an uncommon perspective.  Both of our lead characters made decisions that are adversely affecting their relationship and killing their marriage.  However, both of them made decisions that they felt were the best for them and we wanted the audience to have moments of disgust and moments of empathy both with Lance and Laura as a reflection of real life and how complicated and complex people can be. My goal in this short amount of time was to introduce the audience to Lance and Laura in such a way they would be intrigued to know more. I have been fortunate to get to know the characters in a way that hasn’t yet been revealed. I look forward to expanding this story and bringing a conclusion.

The issue of fertility is usually looked at from a perspective that either the man, woman, or both are incapable of conceiving children through no fault of their own. However, Given Circumstances approaches it in a way that is usually not discussed. A man who has voluntarily had a vasectomy has usually had and raised as many children as he wants to have he gets the vasectomy and has no reason to keep the procedure a secret, but Lance felt differently. I really felt like we had a perspective that is rarely heard and that really made it exciting to talk about and to bring to light.  Since Lance had a vasectomy prior to marrying Laura and didn’t tell her, their goal to conceive is dead before they start. His reasons make sense to him since Laura has been so career oriented. But Laura does become pregnant. Now, both Laura and Lance have to figure out how to move forward with in their Given Circumstances.

Working with all of the cast and crew was an incredible experience. We had great team of people that wanted to work and wanted to make this a great project to be proud of. The Executive Producer, Patrice Logan, worked really hard with us to make thing whole project move and get to where we are today.  The two leads, Wesley Frazier and Kjerstin Bjerga were very easy to work with. While I had my own idea of what the characters should be and how they should act, Wes and Kjerstin both made Lance and Laura their own.  All of the extras were a blast to work with and we had fun on the set and we are eager to bring everyone back and do it again. Make sure to keep up with Given Circumstances on Facebook and at GivenCircumstances-film.com.


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  1. Adeola August 21, 2017 4:37 am

    I love that the story is told from a woman filmmaker.
    It is very few times where we hear the story from this angle.
    I have to keep a tab on these women.

  2. Katherine G August 18, 2017 5:45 pm

    This sounds like a great movie. I can’t wait until the movie is released. I would love to check it out. I can tell these women have a lot to offer the film industry.

  3. Nicole August 18, 2017 10:45 am

    I’m loving the rise of African Amerian women in film and in TV. We are doing good work. Thank you for sharing!

  4. Sensaisha Nal August 18, 2017 2:20 am

    This is great! The storyline is so different. I can’t wait to find out more!

  5. Joanna August 18, 2017 12:15 am

    I love indie films. Glad that there are more and more women film makers in the industry.

  6. Carissa August 17, 2017 9:14 pm

    Great Read!!! It’s great to read about women filmmakers…wish we heard more about them! Such a great opportunity!

  7. Ola August 17, 2017 12:57 pm

    Thanks for the introduction to this film. I don’t usually follow indie films, but I think I’ll keep an eye out for this one.

  8. Gina August 17, 2017 12:41 pm

    I love this. We need to hear the stories of black creatives. Thank you for this.

  9. Dominique August 17, 2017 10:01 am

    This is so great! Women filmmaker do not get the recognition they deserve.

  10. Jay Colby August 17, 2017 10:00 am

    Great article. I love hearing stories about black people doing great thinks especially in the film making industry.

  11. Lia World Traveler August 16, 2017 11:13 pm

    Love indie films, and women filmmakers. Whhat a cool opportunity and a great way to highlight the work women are doing in this space.

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