Genevieve Farrell gave a breakout acting performance in the film Angela Wright, but now she’s making her mark behind the camera. She is one of the producers of a new documentary called Skateboarding’s First Wave, which bowed this week at the Tribeca Film Festival and tells audiences the history of the sport. LA Fan Cultures Examiner caught up with Genevieve to discuss what made her make the leap from actress to producer.
“It’s directed by Don Burgess, who’s an Academy Award-winning cinematographer who’s done Forrest Gump, he’s the director on this project,” she explained. “He grew up in the 1960’s and so he found all this 15 millimeter film from when he was a kid and he was into skateboarding, before skateboarding was a thing. He wanted to bring that story to life.
What was it about that story that appealed to her? “I decided to join the project because I really noticed something good,” Genevieve continued. “I wasn’t as familiar with the world of skateboarding, but I got invested in it.
“And one of the things I found interesting is that it focuses a lot on the female skateboarders,” she added. “The girls that are on the skateboarding team, they weren’t able to play in Little League or any organized sport, so skateboarding was a way for them to compete physically in sports.”
The 22-minute documentary short has already made the rounds of a few other film festivals, and Genevieve is hopeful that it will appear at other festivals throughout the remainder of 2016. But if you’re not familiar with the festival circuit or there’s not one coming up near you, she did tell us that there’s another way for audiences to catch the movie.
“The film is also playing as part of a United Airlines in-flight program, so it’ll be playing in flight,” she said, “which is really interesting because I fly United, so I’ll be able to see it on my flights. If someone asks me about the film, I’ll be like, oh I produced this film!”
While she certainly left an impression as an actress, Genevieve is stepping away from the front of the camera for the time being to help other creative people like Burgess have an opportunity to share their own ideas. “Producing is something I’m focusing on full time right now,” she explained. “I find it really really rewarding to put together the project and tell different stories like this.”
For more information on Skateboarding’s First Wave, visit its page at the Tribeca Film Festival.