Steamboat Springs filmmaker to preview ‘Without Women’ on Tuesday
September 15, 2013
Steamboat Springs — Jill Murphy Long’s connections to films and movies always was strong.
But as with any life-altering moment, things change.
In September 2010, Long was diagnosed with a brain tumor. It was then she realized film was more than just entertainment. To her, it was an escape, a motivation and a way to get through her diagnosis.
"When something really big like that hits you, it makes you think about your life," she said. "I thought, 'What have I done, where have I gone and did it matter.'"
Long had brain surgery seven months ago, and the typically outdoorsy, high-energy lady needed something to keep her going.
Three days after her surgery, Long started drawing a storyboard and writing a script for her short movie “Without Women.”
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There will be a preview of her film at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Chief Theater. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the welcome and introductions set for 7 p.m. Four short films from the cast will be shown before a three-minute trailer of “Without Women.”
"The film gave me purpose," Long said. "I had to get up."
Long wrote and produced the film, but had plenty of help from Steamboat locals. In all, 54 actors from the Yampa Valley are in the film, and it was shot in 11 locations across town.
Steamboat Springs High School film teacher Steve Moos served as the executive producer, cinematographer and editor of the film.
The film includes 12 scenes that showcase the power of women's hands. It includes art that is created by the hand to make the world a better place to live. It also touches on international issues, contrasting the everyday freedom of American women against that of women in other cultures.
"We covered everybody from the arts, musicians, authors and painters," she said. "It was about people that make the world a more beautiful place to live."
They did all the filming for “Without Women” in two months and currently are editing the project.
Tuesday also marks the kickoff for fundraising for the movie. At the preview, donations will be accepted. Long also will launch a fundraising effort at http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/without-women.
For more information about the film, check out the group's Facebook page.
Long said she hopes to raise enough money to enter the film in several festivals.
Long always has had an interest in film, attending multiple film festivals and having written five screenplays of her own.
A script she collaborated on recently made the quarterfinals Scriptapalooza, an international screenplay competition.
Film also has helped Long through the emotions of dealing with a brain tumor. After she was diagnosed, she watched more than 150 comedies to help keep positive. Her favorite was the 1999 film "Happy Texas."
"The comedies took me away," she said. "They took me to Texas. They took me to New York. They took me away.
"It's amazing what short films and even long films can do," she said. "Working with everybody, the actors and crew was incredible. It's been a wonderful experience. It's like a puzzle and putting everything together. It's your vision coming to life."