Imagine that you have made over one hundred films in your lifetime, because who keeps count over a hundred, and you are now working on your third film shot with your iPhone. Meet Mickey Harrison: 83 years and still making movies!
Episode 40 of the SBP Podcast: The Voice of Mobile Film™ introduces you to a filmmaker who has spent over 32 years making films. Her film crews came on set with all the big gear and equipment and cameras you find in a typical film set. She has mentored students from High School to Universities who have become successful participants in the film industry from New York to LA. Imagine that you get to have a lifetime experience working in the industry and attending film festivals and then are told that making movies with smartphones is a thing you can do and so, you do. You just do it.
Mickey grew up in New York and her Uncle and Father were actors. Although Mickey was interested, they discouraged her from joining “the family business” and suggested she do something else. So Mickey became a nurse practitioner and volunteered to help in Vietnam, during the war. Yes, she was in the middle of the Vietnam war, but that’s another story for another day.
She then came to San Diego and worked at Kaiser Permanente, which is a hospital and insurance company. It was then that she began to look into a career in acting and theater. That’s how she met DJ Sullivan who had a great reputation as an acting coach in San Diego. It was DJ who ultimately advised her to look into working on student films to get more experience. In 1989, shortly before retiring, she volunteered to act in student films and that led her to start her own production company, LuLu Films. Mickey is a writer, a producer, a director, an actor and also had a great reputation as a casting agent. While she worked on films with filmmaking crews, including her own films, in San Diego, I reconnected with her again in late 2015. That’s when she found out about the International Mobile Film Festival, where only films shot with mobile phones qualified. She laughed. But as I explained it to her, she became more and more interested in it by the minute.
Her first film competed in IMFF 2017 and was shot with her iPhone. By the second film, Aunt Tillie’s Kitchen, she and her crew Shaun Donelson and Richard Tews, were more experienced. Her comedies are written, directed and produced by her and her company LuLu Films. She also acts as the protagonist in her short films. Comedy is not easy to do and it takes a bit of skill to pull off. However, her films have been successfully funny and they get many laughs.
Watch Aunt Tillie’s Kitchen below. You won’t find Mickey on Facebook or Twitter but you can find her on her website. Oh, and you can most likely find her being a charm in our film festivals inspiring everyone. Her motto is “If I can do it, anyone can do it.” And that is truth!
SBP Podcast: The Voice of Mobile Film™ is for everyone who ever wanted to or is curious about making movies and videos using smartphones.
Watch Aunt Tillie’s Kitchen:
Subscribe, support and listen to bonus episodes and more on Patreon: http://patreon.com/sbppodcast
SBP Podcast Blog: http://sbppodcast.wordpress.com
SBP Podcast Website: http://sbppodcast.studio
iTunes/Apple Podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/sbp-podcast/id1296673665
International Mobile Film Festival Website: http://internationalmobilefilmfestival.com
Hashtag: MobilizeStories Mobile Film Community Website: http://mobilizestories.com
Susy Botello on Twitter: http://twitter.com/susybotello
SBP Podcast on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4ISEF0SZOLyRpw20loXzlo#upsell
© Copyright 2018 S. Botello Productions™. All rights reserved.