Non-profit film company's latest effort filmed in Boulder
by Julie Stafford
Fit Staff Writer
Name: Lori Joyce
Occupation: Film producer
Background: She began co-producing films in the early '80s with a production company in Dallas, where she was living at the time. In 1982, Joyce formed her own film production company called Idanha Films. "I decided the issues I wanted to document were mostly social issues. And to maintain that commitment, I decided to make Idanha Films non-profit. Since then, I've produced five films."
Current project: A domestic violence documentary called, Shattered Lives-- Living on the Edge of Fear.
How did you get involved in this film?
"I began examining a lot of my own relationship choices. I have an adult daughter and I started to begin to witness her making some of the bad choices I was making. It was and issue I wanted to explore as part of my own healing process and hopefully as an educational tool for the younger generation. I also have a teenage daughter and she's starting to date."
What is the target audience for this film?
"I think we really need to begin that education process at an early age... how violence just is not the way to solve problems. I'm trying to use a lot of alternative music and rock and roll through the piece to appeal to the younger adults...I'm shooting a dance being performed by students at New Vista High School--they choreographed it themselves. And I'm going to do some on-street interviews with teenagers."
Is most of the footage in Boulder County?
"Yes. I believe that Boulder County can be a model for other communities because of the programs we have in place. The system is a long way from being perfect, but we're doing a good job."
What other topics have you dealt with?
"My first one was In Remembrance of Martin, which went national through PBS. It's still being distributed." Joyce also has done documentaries on the nuclear issue, the war in Central America and alcoholism. "It was in the early '90s that I really shifted my focus toward women's and children's issues."
What is your one great hope for this film?
"Education. And that it would be used as a tool for young people, for the next generation."