Film and TV

Mary Ann Williamson on her short film, Packed, about fire evacuees and what they pack

The Colorado Independent Women in Film program, an annual three-day event at the Bug Theatre that showcases the work of women in the Colorado film industry, opens tomorrow. Packed, a short documentary that follows evacuees of Boulder's Fourmile Canyon Fire in 2010 and describes the possessions they collected on their way to safety, is one of the first screenings that night. In just 23 minutes, more than 30 Boulder residents offer personal accounts of the items they chose to rescue, providing answers to this question: How do we place value on objects in the heat of the moment?

Westword talked with director Mary Ann Williamson to discuss the film's origins, the stories it tells, and the doc's future.

See also: - Athena Project Festival's "Plays in Progress" series represents female playwrights - Visionbox's The Othello Project puts classic tragedy into domestic violence context - V-Day Denver combats violence against women with benefit production of A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant, and a Prayer

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