“I feel like I learned so much and in the process, I also figured out a way to tell someone else’s story authentically,” said Jennifer Reeder to TimeOut Chicago about her latest directing project, Signature Move. “Being in an audience of young people of color or being in an audience that’s LGBTQ and having that audience say that it was validating and authentic means that I’ve done the right thing….”
Reeder wrote and directed A Million Miles Away (2014) and Blood Below the Skin (2015). Signature Move, written by and starring Fawzia Mirza, is her first feature-length film.
We were fortunate enough to get the chance to ask Reeder about Signature Move and her history with the film industry.
Where was the first screening with an audience (that you attended) of your first film? How was it?
We premiered Signature Move this past March at SXSW. The theater was packed and the audience laughed in all the right places. This was maiden SXSW voyage and it did not disappoint.
What was your first experience at a “gay” movie? What did you see, where did you see it and who was with you?
I watched PERSONAL BEST as a kid on cable. I might have been by myself…….
If you couldn’t make movies, which creative outlet would you choose?
I became a filmmaker because I failed a sculpture class. I came to visual art by way of dance, but I would not want to be a dancer. I have always thought that working in a flower shop would be relaxing…..thorns and all….
With a shout out to James Lipton, what turns you on? Or off?
I am turned on by just enough confidence and turn off by too much confidence.
How do you think your film is relevant to the Tampa Bay area?
Even though this film is primarily about the experience of Pakistani Muslim Lesbian, is a story for EVERYONE which just about covers most of the residents of Tampa Bay!
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