Thursday, March 11, 2010

Women in Film Part 1: Kimberlee Bassford

Kimberlee Bassford is an award-winning filmmaker from Hawai'i. Her latest film, PATSY MINK: AHEAD OF THE MAJORITY, premiered at SDAFF 2009. Bassford is a graduate of Punahou School and holds a BA in psychology from Harvard University and a Masters in Journalism from the University of California Berkeley. She owns Making Waves Films LLC, a documentary production company in Honolulu, and is an Entrepreneur In Residence at Punahou School's Luke Center.

What are you working on now?

I just finished a short documentary about my journey discovering my Chinese great grandfather, and I'm in development on several documentaries including a coming of age tale about a young female judoka from Hawai‘i chasing Olympic gold and a documentary about the newest immigrant groups in Hawai‘i. There are a few other films too, but those two are the furthest out the gate right now. I'm also doing a little teaching and launching a non-profit with other Hawai‘i filmmakers to teach filmmaking as a tool for community empowerment.

People assume I am….

… my 20s (or younger!) but I'm not :)

My female hero is….

……Patsy Mink.

Being a woman means…

……being a perfectionist.

The best advice another woman has given me is….

…….act like you belong.

Favorite Movie & Why

The Sound of Music. It made me sing as a child, and I still love it as an adult. It's a timeless story about breaking conventions and living with passion and conviction.

My dream project is…

… that mobilizes communities and sparks social change (or one that takes me to Paris or other enticing locales!)

Biggest obstacle you’ve overcome is...

……self-doubt and criticism (although both are ongoing challenges)

Where do you see yourself in 20 years?

I hope to have a body of documentary work I'm proud of that brings social issue and cultural stories from Hawai‘i and the Pacific to national and international have premiered a film (or a few films!) at Sundance, Tribeca and IDFA...and to be a mom.

You can find more information about Kimberlee Bassford and her film PATSY MINK by going here:

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