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  • Writer's pictureNicholas Buggs

234 - Brighid Wheeler - The Power of Story vs. Technical Ability

MAKE IT Podcast, Bonsai Creative, Brighid Wheeler, Filmmaker, Film

In this episode, Brighid Wheeler discusses her great affinity for Southern culture, how the film 'Memento' opened her eyes to the potential of storytelling, and the importance of being intentional about choosing your tribe. Her conversation with podcast host, Christopher Barkley is warm, open, honest, and truly endearing. It's an important listen for filmmakers, festival staff, and anyone with a creative spirit.

"Brighid Wheeler, Programming Director at the Atlanta Film Society, has been in the indie film world, specifically the film festival world, for most of her adult life. Having run the gamut from shift volunteer to THE ‘Queen B’ (a fabulous nickname earned early in her festival career), she recently served as the Senior Programmer for Indie Memphis where she has called home for close to 14 years. Outside of the festival, you’ll most likely find her mentoring, guiding, and encouraging the filmmakers in Memphis, TN. She attributes this as her main source of drive and inspiration both personally and professionally. Brighid has served on countless juries at festivals across the country (including the Atlanta Film Festival) and considers each experience an honor as it allows her the opportunity to support the current and next-generation storytellers. She also has years of management experience in-store operations for Apple as well as account management in ad agency work. Wheeler has also been active in volunteering including with the Sidewalk + SHOUT LGBTQ Film Festival, Queering the Cinema and Alliance for Action. She has a Bachelor’s in Film from the University of Alabama. "



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