Being a Woman Filmmaker

Filmmaker Sayer Frey enjoys that the Sarasota Film festival is both recognizing women filmmakers and presenting their work to mainstream festival audiences, she says. The director for “Abandon Me,” a short film about a woman who abandons her aging mother in a cornfield, said she was honored to be included in this year’s Through Women’s Eyes line-up.

But she is also enjoying spending the week in Sarasota. She has been traveling with the short all over the country, but never to such a tropical venue. “I have been at the beach everyday,” she says.

The filmmaker says she wants to do as many mainstream festivals as possible this year, but is not eschewing festivals which specifically celebrate female directors. “I want to do both,” she says.

Frey is in town all week, including for the second screening of the Through Women’s Eyes short films this Wednesday at 1:45pm at the Hollywood 20.

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