WI / IL Shorts 3
Sun Feb 23, 2020 – 12:00 pm | Hendricks Arts Center
Directed by Megan Marie Connolly, Claudia Krogmeier
USA | 4 min | 2018
On a young woman’s journey to heal she must relive her past and face her conflicting feelings towards her unstable friend.
Megan Marie Connolly and Claudia Krogmeier brought their individual styles to the table and blended them to make “Dear Frankie.” Megan Marie seeks to make audiences slightly uncomfortable in her emotional dramas that are never as simple as black or white. Claudia’s unique and experimental tastes help to push her projects to new heights. “Dear Frankie” was originally written as a domestic dispute culminating in a violent encounter between two women in their home, involving long takes and characters frozen in place. With Megan Marie’s personal experience on the subject matter, the film came together as a heartfelt piece about a corroded friendship and the halting nature of healing and acceptance. The global super 8 competition Straight 8 provided an excellent opportunity to bring this story to life through film, and a way in which to grow stronger in the art of pre-production and purposeful pacing of our story. Straight 8 challenges filmmakers to tell a story on a single cartridge of super 8 with no editing and no post production. After this challenging exercise, in which we were honored as Straight 8 finalists at the 71st Cannes Film Festival, we found that this personal, unique story had an extraordinary impact on audiences. Audiences can watch this film ten times and still learn something new during each screening. We decided to tweak the film to our liking and edited, colored, and sound designed our film. We are so excited to share this final, completed version of “Dear Frankie” for the first time with audiences worldwide.
Megan Marie Connolly, Claudia Krogmeier
Born and raised in Chicago, Megan Marie graduated from Northwestern University with a BFA in Television and Film. She is an editor/assistant editor and works on everything from commercials to independent films. Cuban and fluent in Spanish, she especially enjoys working on Spanish-speaking spots and films. Megan Marie also has an extensive background in production and works on set as well as writes and directs her own independent shorts.
Videographer, editor, and virtual reality researcher, Claudia especially enjoys when she can write/direct surrealist and experimental short films and music videos. Thanks to several great adventures, she has recently filmed in Haiti and Kenya, and loves working with passionate, creative people. A native of West Lafayette, Indiana, Claudia is a graduate of Indiana University and is currently pursuing her masters degree at Purdue University.