TPT's TV Takeover's season premiere features women filmmakers


This Saturday, filmmaker and screenwriter Nicole Brending plans to shoot a scene for Haley Bonar's “Kismet Kill” music video during TPT's TV Takeover. She'll have the bit added into the piece in time for its world premiere at the end of the hour. Sounds crazy, right?

Brending is among a group of women filmmakers selected by IFP MN to be spotlighted during the season-two premiere of TV Takeover, which the organization oversees programming for. Her shoot is one of the centerpieces of the broadcast, which will also air short films from local women filmmakers and the live scoring of a key scene from the silent version of Phantom of the Opera by composer Barbara Cohen.

“The folks at IFP and TPT wanted to show an example of a film score and how it enhances a story,” says Cohen. “What's so cool about this part of the night is that the audience will get to see the process of what it's like to record live, and underscore to picture.”

The live aspect is something Brending has taken into account as well, as she'll be casting two non-actors from the studio audience. She has a simple scene planned, and will utilize green-screen technology.

“We will cast the bit that goes where the chroma green is, shoot it, and then rush the video to the animator who will pop it into the timeline and render it so it's ready for the premiere,” she says.

The episode will also feature a three-minute documentary by Abby Thompson that explores the experiences of female filmmakers in Minnesota.

“It highlights some of the inequity currently facing female filmmakers,” says Thompson, “as well as the work they have created despite these struggles.”

The lack of opportunities for women in the industry, both locally and in Hollywood, is felt in every aspect of the process. Brending knows there's a desire for a change. 

"It's not the only perspective out there," she says of the male viewpoint. "And it's not the only perspective people want to see.”


TPT's TV Takeover season-two premiere

8 p.m. Saturday, April 9

$15; $10 under 21 (tickets include a drink)

Twin Cities Public Television

172 Fourth St. E., St. Paul

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