Director Biography – Sandy Parker (ALIENATED)

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Sandy Parker is a screenwriter and director based in New Orleans. She parlays her training in still photography and theatre, and her years of experience supervising film continuity to tell compelling stories in a unique visual way. Her previous short films, Keeping the Promise – a documentary on human trafficking, and Creatures of God, a dark comedy, have appeared in numerous festivals in the U.S. and abroad. Sandy is currently working on several feature-length scripts, including HELEN IS HOT, and THE CAMP, based on the novel “Clueless in New Orleans: Adventures in Adolescence” by Jack Saux. She has previously served on the board of the Louisiana chapter of Women in Film & Television and is a member of IATSE Local 161 in New York.

Director Statement

With “Alienated,” my intention was to take themes from our current zeitgeist and give them a twist, allowing the viewer to wonder who and what is causing our young woman to feel marginalized. I am extremely grateful to The COOL Cooperative, not only for choosing my screenplay, but for supporting emerging local talent with their Director’s Program. I could not have made this film without their support, along with that of our generous donors, as well as the actors and crew who gave their time and talents to this project.

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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