Updated: Jul 16, 2020
Jan Miller Corran is living proof that you can do anything, at any time. With over 20 years’ experience in producing short films, feature films and documentaries, Jan wrote her first screenplay, SNAPSHOTS, last year. SNAPSHOTS is now doing the film festival circuit, winning awards and gaining fantastic reviews. Here Jan takes us on her journey.
When I moved from Iowa to the San Francisco Bay area in the 1990’s two things happened. First, I fell in love with… a woman and second, I discovered my love of film. All aspects of film. As a geriatric neuro-psychologist, I spent two decades juggling my paycheck job with consulting on documentaries, shorts and features that focused on the effects of growing old (Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter; You May Think I Live Here But I Don’t; I’ll See You in My Dreams). Then, in 2012, I discovered and became involved in an LGBTQ feature, through responding to a Kickstarter campaign. The rest, as they say, is history.
Since 2013, I have served as Executive producer/senior producer of twelve films. With much prodding and pushing in January of 2017, I took a very scary step and decided to write and produce my first script. I’d never written a script, but I had this story I’d been nurturing for years. I bit the bullet and bought Final Draft and through trial and error I created my first screenplay, Snapshots.
Now what do I do? I have this script but what happened next is the Hollywood dream come true. I asked a friend to read it and she loved it. She asked if she could show it to her good friend Melanie Mayron. The Melanie Mayron from Thirtysomething and Jane the Virgin? Uh, sure. Melanie loved it and by June of 2017, we were filming in Encino and Agoura Hills, for fifteen days in 100 degree plus weather every day. Ah the glamour of filmmaking.
Our cast, the producers, director, LeeAnne Matusek (co-producer) and I have been on the road, from coast to coast and “across the pond” bringing Snapshots to festival audiences. Here is where I have to toot my own horn. To date, the film has won over 20 awards, garnered a number of Best Feature Film, two Best Actress awards for Piper Laurie, Best Supporting Actress awards for both Shannon Collis, Brooke Adams and Emily Goss and numerous nominations. The film will actually be bi-coastal the week of June 17th with screenings at the Soho International Film Festival, as well as Frameline in San Francisco, then in Toronto at the Female Eye Film Festival and a few more.
Now comes the “pinch me” and reflective moment. When I was at a festival in Chicago a young woman told me that she was in film school and wants to write screenplays. She is unsure and afraid to try. Well, so was I and look what happened. In Snapshots Louise says, “Let me teach you to be bold.” I wrote that line but more importantly, I live that line. Imagine how far we would all go if we all did”.
Watch SNAPSHOTS Trailer
If you were stranded on a desert island and you could only take one movie, one song and one type of food what would they be?
Jan: “Movie? That’s hard! My four favorite films are The Sterile Cuckoo, The Graduate, Starting Over, and Elvira Madigan. Song: What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life (Michel Legrand) Our song for our wedding. Food: Peanut Butter, Peanut butter, and, peanut butter. LOL.”
What is your favorite inspiring quote?
Jan: “Let the beauty you love be what you do.”
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