Director Biography – Samantha McDanel (PAGEANT PERFECT)

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Samantha McDanel has a Bachelors Degree with honors from University of North Texas in Media Arts. She served as an active member and Social Chair in UNT Short Film Club where she also held different roles in multiple film productions that the club produces each semester. Samantha’s main focus is writing, directing, and video editing, and she is currently working toward her professional certification in AVID Media Composer. Her goal is to be a top film editor for major motion pictures, but her dream in life is to become an established director and woman filmmaker. She also works with makeup and practical FX in film and photography and is well-known in the Denton community for this work. Samantha would like to learn as much as she can about every aspect that goes into making a film to better herself as a director, creator, and leader.

Director Statement

This film was a simple idea at first, but the more I sat and worked on it, it quickly became a much bigger and a true passion project to me. The story and the characters mean so much to me. It’s filled with themes, some that may not be immediately caught, and a complicated relationship between a mother and daughter. I knew that I could bring this story to life with the right team working with me and the perfect cast. I am so proud of how this film turned out.

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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