Director BIO: Lisa Defazio (BLOSSOM)

Director Biography – Lisa Defazio

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Lisa has enjoyed an extensive creative background that began soon after graduating with her BA Fashion Design at RMIT. For close to 25 years she
has worked in most aspects of clothing design and branding. Always a multidisciplinary creative who has a hands on can do approach to
her projects Lisa’s interests and skill set is ever evolving and expanding.

Her artistic exhibitions have included traditional studio methods exhibited tri annually at Art Melbourne that toured most states. A more recent exploration of a new genre of work Lisa was Photographer, stylist and model of the provocative exhibition ‘I am Your Sex Thing’ a series that included Sculpture, photography, pubic hair collages, a sniffing station installation and video work. The series is now archived at The State Library Melbourne.

This first time director, film – maker has brought together her love of styling and storytelling to create her new work BLOSSOM. Directing and reluctantly stepping in to act in the film due to late cancellation by an actor, she took on the role herself. With her studies earlier in 2017 including vocal training, singing and various acting it didn’t take much for Defazio to make the transition to actor.

Currently living in Melbourne Australia Lisa Defazio is keen to continue to write, act, create and collaborate.


Director Statement

It was very important to me while directing this short film to create the crucial elements required to tell a story that is virtually dialogue free in an exciting, warm and dramatic way. The use of a soundscape featured heavily in my initial vision and the journey through the dark came about during the actual creation of this film.

By femalefilmfestival

The irony of this festival is that its goal is to not be around in 5 years time. To eventually not be relevant because there is zero need to have a festival geared for female talent and female stories because the stories presented in Hollywood and around the world are a balanced showcase of the human experience from both sexes. Our goal is to achieve a lot of success and then fold into oblivion simply because there is no need for this festival. This festival was created by the FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival as a simple reaction to a strong need to showcase female talent from around the world in a more profound way. When putting together the weekly festival, the administration noticed a lack of a female presence in the stories being shown at the festival. A classic example and analogy to the frustration is how the festival noticed that even the smaller roles in a screenplay were written for a man to play. There was zero reason for this in many stories. How a police officer, or a political campaign manager, for example with 3-4 lines in a screenplay was a "HE" character. Why? And these are the screenplays written by the winners! The talented one who have obtained agents and have began/beginning their careers as a writer.

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