Filmmaker Highlight: Bridget Stokes

Writer, director, producer and screenwriting adjunct professor Bridget Stokes has been working towards being a filmmaker since her freshman year of college at Brown.  She began her career in film distribution at IFC Films, where she says she learned a lot about what not to do when filmmaking.

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Stokes began her career in film distribution where she met her current business partner Vicky Wight. Stokes and Wight began making films and after producing two shorts together, they agreed that one of them would finally finish a script for a feature. They produced their first feature that Bridget wrote in 2010. “It was a great learning process, raising money, making a feature, and making sacrifices.” The team continues to work on scripts and even a novel. With 5-7 viable projects on their plate at any given time, they are enthusiastic about seeing each one through to completion.

“I’m madly in love with movies. I have to make the movies I want to watch.” Stokes builds relationships with other filmmakers and remains open to working on producing their work as well. “We want to help people tell stories that we believe in, not just our own.”

Stokes wrote and directed the feature film, Herman & Shelly, which she produced with her business partner Vicky Wight with Instant Pictures. The two have also produced short films including Coffee, an official selection at 2008’s SXSW Film Festival. Bridget most recently produced the feature film, The Volunteer, written, directed and produced by Wight. In the film, after quitting her stable but soul-crushing job, Leigh fills the void by volunteering at a soup kitchen. Her world is turned upside down as she becomes involved with a homeless man. Starring Aunjanue Ellis, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Hill Harper and Scott Wolf.

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