It’s no mystery we love supporting female filmmakers here at Feminist Wednesday. This week, we had a chance to chat with filmmaker Flavia Borges about her upcoming micro-series, Menace:
Introduce yourself! Tell us who you are and what you do.
Hi, I’m Flavia Borges, filmmaker, writer and actor. As of late you’ll find me hustling around for the production of Menace, a dark-comedy microseries about three strangers overcoming boundaries of intimacy while hiding out from a threatening, common enemy. For a very long time I dreamed of what an artistic collaboration with other females would be like. I worked many productions where I was one of a few or even the only woman on set. As time went by it became pretty obvious to me that opportunities like that are extremely rare in film and it only happens when women go out of their way to find each other. That’s how I got to talking with my now writing partners and co-creators, Devon Carson and Sarah Alò. We shared the same frustrations and felt like our voices kept being shut down one way or another. We found in each other support, encouragement and more than anything, an immense desire to create content that is fun and representative of our experiences as women.
How do you define feminism and how does that play a part in the work you do?
In my opinion it’s very simple. Feminism speaks directly to human rights. If you believe that all humans are equal, regardless of sex or gender, then you are a Feminist. That’s what a lot of people don’t understand. The word has unfairly gained a negative connotation. I stand for equality and honestly don’t understand anyone who objects to that. With Menace we are aiming to stir the ideas of what’s expected of women and also the constructs society creates surrounding us. What is at the forefront of these characters minds, the way they view the world and the things that keep these women up at night might surprise people.
What do you hope women take away from Menace?
We created the series simply because we wanted to do something that was exciting for us and not what some dude with a notepad thought we should be doing. So I hope that by writing something that speaks to us as humans, other women (and men, why not?) might identify. Throughout the process of making the series we learned women can and should rely on each other. Sisterhood can be a powerful thing but only if we allow ourselves to experience it. We want women to know they are not alone. We are all going through most of the same struggles. We are secretly pulling chin hair out and publicly acting like that’s not a thing for women our age. Our fears are buried so deep inside, we have lost touch with what they are. We just repeat what’s propagated to us via the media we consume. It’s just a shame that society does a such great job of silencing us and even convincing us into believing we’re isolated.
If you had to give one piece of advice to other female media makers, what would it be?
I don’t have any advice. I have a request and I will beg if I have to. All female media makers, go to work. Tell your stories, you can do it. There’s no time for self-doubt. Our time is now. Other women need you and we owe it to ourselves. We gotta show up for each other. Showing up can mean a lot of things. Do that in your own way but make yourself heard. Media is a powerful tool and if used well, it can change lives. Why not do it to change our own (women’s) and make history? Just kidding, I do have one piece of advice. Collaborate with other women, hire female talent and lift each other up. Some of the most on point and wisest advice I’ve been given has come from other female collaborators.
How can we continue to follow and support your work?
Menace will premiere November 2017 on Instagram. It’s a new launching platform for us and an experiment we’re super pumped about. You can follow us on instagram.com/menaceseries or @menaceseries.