We are so proud to introduce Laurie Collyer, the amazing filmmaker behind the Golden Globe nominated masterpiece, Sherrybaby starring Maggie Gyllenhaal.
As you will see, Laurie Collyer is passionate about and devoted to both her role as a mother to two-year-old son Willie and her career as an independent filmmaker.
Sherrybaby is now available on Netflix. Troubling, inspiring and thought-provoking all at the same time, we think this film about an addict trying to recover so she can care for her daughter is well worth your time.
So tell us, what are the hours of a Golden Globe nominated filmmaker like?
I work exactly 20 hours a week, which is the amount of time my son is in preschool. If my son gets sick, I don't work. I am not getting paid for the work I am doing now so I can't justify hiring a babysitter on top of the already exorbitant preschool fees. But it's okay because when he is sick, I want to be the one to take care of him.
What are the best and worst parts of being an independent filmmaker?
The best is the freedom and creativity. The worst is that I am still "independent" and barely get paid.
We assume that there are factors other than money that make your work rewarding, no?
When I first gave birth, I thought I would only want to take care of my child and nothing more. But now it's been a couple of years and I realize that my movies are babies too. Sort of. I need to do what I do. It keeps me vital, connected and compassionate.
Do most of your friends work outside the home?
Of all my friends, I only know one stay-at-home mom. Some of my friends freelance, some work part-time and some work full-time.
If you have a spouse or a partner, what does he or she do for a living?
My husband is a librarian. He has a full-time 9-to-5 office job. We need his stability and normalcy in our family.
How do you divide up the domestic workload?
I'm home more so I do more of that work. It just happened that way. Sometimes I yell at my husband about it, but really it is fair.
Did your mom work while you were growing up?