Maria Loohufvud is an artwork director with a background in music and dance. Her feminist engagement has led to initiatives on many platforms, such because the equality sport Komma Lika. Along with Love Martinsen, she has shaped the brand new impartial manufacturing firm Pink Dolphin.
“Calendar Women” is screening on the 2022 Sundance Movie Pageant, which is working on-line from January 20-30. Extra info may be discovered on the fest’s web site. “Calendar Women” is co-directed by Love Martinsen.
W&H: Describe the movie for us in your individual phrases.
ML: A coming-of-golden age movie about Florida’s most devoted dance crew for ladies over 60. “Calendar Women” is a life-affirming dance documentary that’s shaking up the outdated picture of what it means to be an “outdated woman.”
W&H: What drew you to this story?
ML: Once we noticed the Calendar Women dance for the very first time we simply couldn’t cease watching. They made us face our personal prejudices about how girls of their 60s “ought to” behave. The identical evening we contacted Katherine, the chief of the Calendar Women, for an interview, and he or she was up for something.
W&H: What would you like folks to consider after they watch the movie?
ML: I need folks to really feel impressed. To placed on their dancing footwear and go discover their very own native lady gang. Earlier than it’s too late.
W&H: What was the largest problem in making the movie?
ML: Neither me or co-director Love had made a movie earlier than, so the whole lot has been new to us –we did to deal with the digital camera, write a synopsis, funding, enhancing, music clearance, the whole lot. However, on the similar time, I imagine it’s been a very good factor that we have now been so naïve and optimistic about the whole lot. I assume the ladies themselves impressed us rather a lot to dare to comply with our personal instinct and have that punk perspective.
W&H: How did you get your movie funded? Share some insights into how you bought the movie made.
ML: We’re very very grateful that Sweden has such good help for filmmakers. The movie is funded by the Swedish Movie Institute, Movie Stockholm, Swedish Tv, Swedish Arts Grants Committee, Filmbasen, Nordisk Movie and TV, and our personal manufacturing firm, Pink Dolphin.
W&H: What impressed you to change into a filmmaker?
ML: I’ve been working as an artwork director for a few years and my associate as a composer for movie and TV. I assume we each have been within the time of our careers once we have been up for one thing new, and we additionally wished to do one thing collectively — to share a artistic imaginative and prescient, not simply household life and the day by day chores. So we bought the thought about doing a movie collectively, and by chance we stumbled upon the Calendar Women.
W&H: What’s the worst recommendation you’ve acquired?
ML: Each time folks attempt to decrease my expectations: ”It’s too onerous to make a characteristic, begin with a brief.” ”Don’t be dissatisfied if no person goes to care about your movie.” And many others. Most frequently folks do it with love, however I hate that perspective. Why shouldn’t I’ve excessive expectations?
W&H: What recommendation do you’ve gotten for different girls administrators?
ML: Personal the rights to your movie when doable, and produce it your self if you happen to can. Take management.
W&H: Title your favourite woman-directed movie and why.
ML: ”Toni Erdmann” by Maren Ade. Love the whole lot about it — the humor, the performing, the script. It’s over two-and-a-half hours however as soon as completed I wish to see it another time.
W&H: How are you adjusting to life through the COVID-19 pandemic? Are you maintaining artistic, and if that’s the case, how?
ML: It has compelled us to seek out new methods. Like strolling on Google Maps as an alternative of scouting a very good location in actual life. Hiring a photographer in Florida as an alternative of touring ourselves. It really works. However much less enjoyable.
W&H: The movie business has an extended historical past of underrepresenting folks of shade onscreen and behind the scenes and reinforcing — and creating — detrimental stereotypes. What actions do you assume must be taken to make it extra inclusive?
ML: That each individual within the business dares to face our prejudices in addition to our privileges.