In a Facebook post director Delores Flynn writes:
I’m excited to share a glimpse of the stellar work from my fantastic cast and crew on my latest short film: “Why Me!?”
The film is a true story based on the life of a dear family member of mine who was abused by her husband.
The 25-page script was filmed over the course of six days in September/October 2021 with seven cast members, around 50 background actors, and a crew of 23 that worked at nine locations.
It was beautifully shot on the Arri Alexa mini LF by Cinematographer Jeff Sukes with Gaffer Jake Gottman and edited by Andy Bisaha.
I’ll be sharing more information in the weeks to come, but without further ado here is the Official Trailer.
Mrs. Flynn agreed to this interview regarding her other movies.
Delores, I was a staff reporter for the Detroit News from 2001-2009. I covered a lot of city government news out in the suburbs and did some work for the features department. Before coming to the Detroit News, I worked at The South Bend Tribune for 3 years covering K-12 education. I interned at The Detroit News after college so just as I was starting to look for a new gig while I was in Indiana, The News called with an offer. I studied screenwriting in graduate school. I covered stories that were both assigned and those I sourced on my own.
I see. So, from being a journalist you became a screenwriter. While this was something you prepared for in school. Did you find this an easy transition?
Actually, I began writing screenplays in graduate school around. This was at the same time I was writing for newspapers. Both are a form of storytelling that I’ve been doing pretty much since the age of seven. It wasn’t until after staying at home with my two kiddos for a while that I ventured more into filmmaking beyond just the writing. Once my kiddos were in school it freed me up to pursue this passion of mine.
At the time I was open to both. Once I went to film school my eyes were opened to world of filmmaking behind the camera. I learned how to work in the various departments and fell in love with directing. So, then it became natural for me to direct material that I’ve written.
This sounds like something all parents could relate to.
What was the biggest challenge you experienced in had in producing this?
I had a cast of four people – A mom and dad and their two kiddos. The little girl was played by my daughter Avery. As for the crew – fairly small. Six in total. This included me as the director.
The next film was “The Color of Hate” – an interracial love story set hours before the Detroit riot in 1967. The main cast was four characters again. Two main and two supporting cast members.
Since this was set in a jazz club there were background extras for the crowd, a bar, and four band members. As for crew – I can’t member off hand right now how many but it was way more than six, this one involved some art direction as well.
Thanks. It’s just a snippet of a feature I have written. As a woman in an interracial relationship, I’ve often wondered what it would have been like if my husband and I had met during that time. And while we have made some improvements in race relations in this country, we still have a long way to go.
Is this also available on Youtube? If not, where can this one be found?
It’s on YouTube but it’s unlisted because of film festivals. We’re getting to the end with one more to hear from along with my film “mama.”
Do you have a shared thread that runs through your stories?
And this is true for your latest film, “Why Me?” This movie is based on a true experience. Tell us about this latest film.
I am gearing up for more directing projects this year and I’m currently writing something I hope to personally produce in about a year. The other directing projects are things I haven’t written but was asked to direct. And the writing project I’m keeping under wraps for now. But it’s another story that I hope has an impact.
Delores Flynn’s “The Color of Hate” and “Mama have been in numerous film festivals and have collectively won 24 awards to date.
To follow Delores on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/817177106340996/user/1561779978/
Delores’ IMDb page is https://www.imdb.com/name/nm11980456/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0