Meet Katherine Fisher, Producer of Her Story
[dropcap background="no" color="#333333"]M[/dropcap]ixed emotions today, Beaverettes, because it’s the last installment of our interview series with the brilliant creators of Her Story, a six-part new media series that explores what it means to navigate the dating world as a trans woman. On the one hand, we’re sad the series is ending, but on the other, we’re so excited to see what these incredible women do next. And we’re thrilled, this last week of Pride Month, to introduce you to the producer behind Her Story, Katherine Fisher. We chatted with Katherine about authentic representation behind the screen and working through the challenge of funding projects the world needs to see.[divider type="dashed" spacing="10"]
Introduce yourself! Tell us who you are and what you do.
My name is Katherine Fisher, I'm the Producer of Her Story.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
We love that Her Story represents trans women in such a rich, complicated and real way – a way we don't often see in other media. Can you tell us a bit more about how you accomplished that and why it was important to you?
It was important to us as filmmakers to be authentic and nuanced in our portrayals of our communities, not just trans communities, but queer communities as well. We wanted to show the people that we were seeing and interacting with in our own lives, and dive into some of the complications and varying thoughts and opinions that are expressed within our communities. An integral part to having that kind of authenticity on screen is to have the work created by those who know it best: in this case trans and queer women. To that end, over 75% of our cast and crew were LGBTQ and/or female identified and that absolutely shows up on screen.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
What's been the most challenging part of this work? And the most rewarding?
It's always challenging to get your work out there and make sure that the people who need to see it know about it and have access to it. We went into this with the goal of ensuring that Her Story would be free and available to anyone with an internet connection. We didn't want to put it behind a paywall, we wanted anyone regardless of age, income, and location to be able to see themselves represented on screen in an accurate and beautiful way. By doing that however we limited our options for funding, so finding both the finances to create this project at the level that we wanted to create it, and finding a way to ensure that the public was even aware of it were extremely challenging. However it's those comments and emails from people who have seen it, who's lives it has touched that make it so rewarding.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
What advice would you have for other media-makers who want to create truly representative content?
Take the time and energy to employ people who are a part of the communities you are representing.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
What's next for you? Any upcoming projects you'd like to share with us?
I'm currently producing a short film for one of the eight AFI Directing Workshop for Women participants, Rosie Haber. It's a very exciting project, Rosie is an incredible writer and director and we have Ariel Ward winning Cinematographer, Carolina Costa on board to shoot. The film looks at issues of LGBTQ teen homelessness in LA as well as the overarching issues of violence, family, and revenge. It will be making the festival circuit next year and will ultimately be a proof of concept for the feature that we're hoping to shoot in 2017.