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Meet Mollie Moore

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mollie Moore.

Mollie Moore is a documentary filmmaker originally from South London. Mollie started in the theatre and narrative world but discovered her passion in documentary filmmaking after leaving the UK at 19 years old and discovering the world for herself, with a camera in hand.

After moving around for four years, she settled in New York City to establish herself in the documentary world and has gone on to make three films in collaboration with filmmaker Lucia Florez, as well as work as a cinematographer on many other projects. In the last couple of years, she has worked in Peru, Belize, Uganda and the USA on various documentary projects for production companys such as PBS, ITVS, Eyepop Productions and Human Love LTD.

Her work focuses on forced migration, LGBTQ+ issues and womxn’s rights. With a background in cinematography, her work pushes the limits of visual poetry through non-fiction storytelling. She is currently working on the artist Marc Quinns multimedia ‘Our Blood’ project.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Moving around so much from a young age makes it hard to grow strong roots, even though it was my passion. I would return home to London to make some more money in restaurants and bars in order to fly away again.

Moving to a new country was where I found home, but working around the US immigration system has been very difficult. It affects your relationships and friendships. People come as easily as they have to go again. It’s a constant worry and struggle. People’s timelines are often cut short or are out of sync with your own. However, the sense of community you feel with others that are in a similar situation is very strong.

Navigating yourself as a young, queer woman in the film industry has been complicated, but also empowering once the lesson is learnt. Its been a constant learning curve. Diciphering when and how to use your voice in a male-dominated industry has been something I will continue to grow at. Taking up space in the most effective way.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am a documentary filmmaker. Over the last three years, I have made three films with filmmaker Lucia Florez. Our films have been produced out of NYC and LA.

My film ‘A Word Away’ gained recognition at prestigious film festivals such a ‘Camden International Film Festival’, Doc NYC and Big Sky International Documentary Film Festival. I directed, edited and produced the film and Lucia shot it beautifully for me. The film tells the story of a young man originally from South Sudan, now residing in Trumps America. He attempts to tell his story for the first time through the medium of poetry.

‘Mama’ and ‘Paper Thin’ were both directed by Lucia and I worked as the director of photography on them. Both these films look at issues surrounding the LGBTQ+ community. ‘Paper Thin’ tells the story of a young transgender womxn fleeing Russia after experiencing the persecution the queer community fight in Russia and starting a new life in NYC. ‘Mama’ tells the personal story of filmmaker Lucia Florez making amends with her mother after years of misunderstandings, revolving around the topic of her sexuality, in the setting of Peru, Latin America.

I am very proud of our collaborations and our working relationship. It has grown through the years and has produced pieces of work and experiences that I hold very close to me. The making of all three of these films were incredible adventures and I hope there is more to come.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
My family are originally from Scotland. We would go to Edinburgh often to visit my grandparents who instilled a lot into me from a young age. My grandmother loved gardening and this was reflected in her own garden. We would go to the Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh often, and I would love to explore in the nature of it with them.

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