We’ve asked the filmmakers for the 11th annual Oxford Film Festival the same five questions. Meet Jennifer Westin, producer of Teddy Bears. This film will be screening Friday, February 7 at 11:30 a.m. and Saturday, Feb. 8 at 6 p.m.
#1: In 140 characters or less, describe your movie and why someone should see it.
Shockingly funny, bittersweet, totally honest, with the best cast ever!
#2: Biggest lesson learned in getting the film made? Best part in getting the film made?
It’s windy in the desert!!!
The best part of making the movie to me is actually sharing it with an audience. All the blood, sweat and tears fade away when the lights go down and people engage with the story and love the characters like we do.
#3: Tell us about you. What is your movie making background?
I’ve been producing now for over ten years, first theatre, then shorts, now features and web-based content. Most recently I’ve gotten involved with a few transmedia projects which I find very exciting. My heart still belongs to indie film, though. It’s where the stories I want to tell live.
#4 What do you want the Oxford Film Festival audience to know about your film that isn’t obvious from its title or description?
Teddy Bears surprises people - they think it will be a sex comedy, which it definitely is - but it’s also a very honest movie about friendship and loss. Often people come for the laughter and walk away remembering the pathos.
#5: What does the future hold in store for your film and for you?
We’re very close to being able to tell everyone where and when they will be able to see Teddy Bears in theaters, on their cable box and computers in 2014 - stay tuned!