Five Questions With Filmmaker Melissa Flagg

Land-of-the-Sun---webMelissa Flagg is an independent filmmaker and artist, who has written, directed and produced short films, and has collaborated on over a dozen multi-disciplinary performance productions, and installations. Melissa has worked as a director, writer, and cinematographer on a variety of media projects, films and music videos. She has apprenticed herself to her field through studies at The Victoria College of Art, The Banff Centre for the Arts, and holds a Bachelor degree in Media Arts from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. Her film, Land of The Sun, will be at the 2015 GI Film Festival.

Where are you from and what is your film background?

I’m from Vancouver Island, BC.  I started making films when I was still in high school, and then went on to study film at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, and the Banff Centre for the Arts.  Since graduating I have written, produced and directed several of my own films, and worked as a director or cinematographer on other independent film projects.

What was the hardest part about getting this film made?

I think the hardest part about getting this film made were the long intervals between raising funds and going into production.  It was nearly a year between fund raising and beginning production, and then almost another year after production when we had to fund raise again for post-production.  It was hard sometimes to keep the momentum going during those waiting periods, making a film requires a lot of energy and at every turn our faith and commitment to the project was tested.

What do you want viewers to take away with them after watching your film?

I would like viewers to take away some insight into their own relationship struggles.  Most of us find ourselves struggling with communication in our relationships, whether we are in long-distance partnerships or not.  I hope this film provokes dialogue around what blocks we may face in those relationships, and also what strengths we find there.  I also hope the film encourages audiences to appreciate how hard it is on military families to spend so much time apart, often there is a whole other set of trials going on far away from the front lines which push and pull, and stretch families to their limits.

What is a fun fact about you that would surprise people?

I spent some of my childhood in Canada’s North West Territories, and used to ride a dog sled to school!

Land of the Sun directed by Melissa Flagg is playing at Angelika on May 19, 2015. Click here for tickets.