A room of one’s own is an artistic residency for women related to audiovisual media and the performing arts. Gariza Films created this project headed by Lara Izagirre in 2017 with the goal of offering an artist the opportunity to develop a project for six months, with the intention of providing creative space where economic needs are met.
The residency offers space, time, and money so projects can begin to fly when they are developed.
He has a degree in Audiovisual Communication at the UPV / EHU. She works for 5 years in the Basque film and television industry, on relevant platforms such as IBAIA-Association of Audiovisual Producers of the Basque Country- in collaboration with the San Sebastian Film Festival, or the television production company BAINET as coordinator of the post-production of their programs.
In 2011 he moved to Barcelona to start his commitment to writing and directing at ESCAC. There he made the Master’s Degree in Film Direction thanks to which his short film project ‘Adri’ will be selected by the court and produced by ESCAC FILMS (2013), starting a tour in official ocmpetition for more than 60 international festivals and obtaining 6 awards.
He then received a scholarship from the ESCAC to do the Master in Film Business. After this period in Barcelona, where also works as directors´s assistant or script in several fiction feature films and numerous short films and music clips, he returns to San Sebastian to write and direct ‘Voces de papel’, an essay on the movement.
‘Voces de papel’ is his first feature film, a documentary of creation for ETB that was premiered at the 60th edition of the San Sebastian International Film Festival and winner of the ‘Txapela de Oro’ for the best documentary at the Zinemaldia.cat in Barcelona (2017 ).
A Room of One’s Own is the title of the renowned work by Virginia Woolf, as well as the name bestowed upon the artistic residence sponsored by GARIZA FILMS, which I was fortunate to be the recipient of this year.
Dedicating yourself to the world of creation means – almost by definition – dealing with numerous obstacles. Among these obstacles, two stand out as the greatest enemies of free creation: the lack of economic independence that pushes us to work different and usually precarious jobs to survive, which are in turn a compromise to the other factor – the lack of time.
Then there is the particular case of women who, in the world of creation as in so many others, see the guarantees of equal access to opportunities reduced from the start. We have to work harder to reach the same goal; work more for the same pay; try harder to for the same recognition. It is an exhausting race designed for failure. We know that now, and Virginia Woolf knew it in 1929, just ninety years ago.
That is why the title of this residence is so accurate. Its objectives are concise and precise: offer space, time, and money so a creator can develop her own project for 6 months.
And in this edition, I was lucky enough to be that creator. I am fortunate to find a stage where I can plant my idea and cultivate it with my utmost dedication, with guidance throughout the process.
So, with the sensation of the breeze at the first light, I am about to inaugurate the fishing period for, as Woolf describes so beautifully in the first pages of her book, “Thought – to call it by a prouder name than it deserved – had let its line down into the stream. It swayed, minute after minute, hither and thither among the reflections and the weeds, letting the water lift it and sink it until – you know the little tug – the sudden conglomeration of an idea at the end of one’s line: and then the cautious hauling of it in, and the careful laying of it out? Alas, laid on the grass how small, how insignificant this thought of mine looked; the sort of fish that a good fisherman puts back into the water so that it may grow fatter and be one day worth cooking and eating.” I’ll have to find my own bait and weave my own nets, but I will not have to do it alone.
At the end of this journey, I will be able to pull on that cane to contemplate the nature of the creature that emerges. And I will have to thank Lara Izagirre and Virginia Woolf, (or Mary Beton) since they both came to the same prosaic conclusion that you have to have 500 pounds a year and a room with a latch on the door to write. Or at least to be able to do it well, with commitment and responsibility.
She began her studies at the School of Fine Arts at the University of the Basque Country, finished her first year, and decided to focus her studies on Performing Arts. She studied in the Royal School for Performing Arts in Madrid with an emphasis on textual interpretation.
The Guipuzkoan actress worked on Lara Izagirre’s first feature, An Autumn Without Berlin, in which she plays the secondary character, Ane. She also collaborated in the casting and worked as a children’s coach in the same film.
“When Lara proposed my participation in this residency, I thought it was a great opportunity to make the leap to writing. The characteristics of the program offered by Gariza Films allow me to develop a project in an optimal environment.
I believe that the lack of job offers directly influences the fact that there are more and more actresses creating, directing, or writing their own projects. More than 90% of the actors and actresses in this country cannot live from this profession. Women suffer an unemployment rate six points higher than men, and we are also paid less.
In addition to the high unemployment rate, we have to tell our own stories, which in such circumstances, almost becomes a duty. Narrating from a feminine perspective, as well as creating and interpreting characters that break with feminine stereotypes that usually appear in fictions, normally created by men.
Lara Izagirre is a director and scriptwriter with overwhelming intuition and sensitivity, which makes her very meticulous in directing where she establishes a continuous dialogue with the actors. Her ability to listen is so typical of her. It gives space in the creative processes for improvisation. In my point of view, that is one of the most valuable tools in acting. It is a luxury to be able to share this process with her.”
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