I was invited by the Somerville Media Center to teach a full-day documentary production workshop at Vox Pop. It was the most diverse group I have ever taught, and included an usually wide range of ethnicities, ages, and production experience. An 84-year-old woman named Nancy was enrolled, and even offered to help me set up.
NYC-based filmmaker Amy DePaola asked me to be a guest on her fantastic new podcast Pink Among Men.
We spoke for an hour about Creating Feminist Media, my recent documentary, religion, mentorship, motherhood, and more. If you want to know more about me and what motivates my work, give it a listen below.
I also recommend subscribing to Amy's podcast. It's great.
Pink Among Men Episode 103:
Mentors, Religion, and Creating Feminist Media
I am honored to share that The Privileges and Responsibilities of Sisters is an official selection of Yoni Fest 2017 in Los Angeles.
It's been a year and 11 days since I submitted my MFA thesis film to Emerson College. I intended to share my production documentation once I'd recovered from finishing a graduate program while pregnant slash coping with new motherhood. Over a year later, it's looking like I'll never recover. So here it is now.
Behold: the written work I submitted alongside the final cut of Families Can Be Together Forever.
Poster for Families Can Be Together Forever created by Rhonda Peck.
I was interviewed for Emerson College Today in advance of Families Can Be Together Forever screening at the It's All True Documentary Festival. Here's the section of the article relevant to my work, as written by Erin Clossey:
Colleen Kelly Poplin MA ’10, MFA ‘16 grew up in the Mormon Church. She says she can trace her family back to the founding of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, complete with stories of moving across the plains in covered wagons, “so it’s a big deal in my ancestry.”
As she grew older, Poplin started to feel that LDS’s beliefs and policies were “damaging” to women, and she began to slowly pull back from the church. She married a non-Mormon, as a graduate film student at Emerson made woman-centric work, and supported progressive politics. But still, she didn’t walk away from church that had raised her, out of a sense of tradition, family, and identity.
Then she found out she was pregnant with a little girl.