Frederic Lumiere is an award-winning producer, director, editor, published author and president of Lumiere Media, Inc., a film and television production company based in Doylestown, PA.
HFF: What is your film about, and how did the project come to be?
FL: Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic follows five women whose lives were changed by HPV and cervical cancer. My producing partner Mark Hefti and I decided to make a film about HPV & cervical cancer when we discovered that the Human Papillomavirus is the most common sexually transmitted virus in the United States, that is causes many cancers and that it is preventable!
HFF: What was your role in the production?
FL: Producer, director and editor.
HFF: Why did you submit to the Heartland Film Festival? Have you been to the Festival before?
FL: The parents of one of the young woman whose story we tell (Kristen Forbes) are from Indiana and they spoke very highly of the festival. After looking into it, we agreed. This is the perfect festival for this film.
HFF: This year’s tagline is “Shift Your Perspective” – what lasting effect will your film have on moviegoers?
FL: HPV and cervical cancer is often viewed as a “woman’s disease” and this needs to change. Consider that 80% of people under the age of 50 will be infected by HPV at some point in their lives. Males are carriers of the virus as much as women are. HPV causes cervical cancer but can also cause vaginal and vulvar cancer in women and penile cancers in men. It’s also responsible for many oropharynx (the middle part of the throat including the soft palate, the base of the tongue, and the tonsils) and anal cancers in both men and women. So here’s a virus that causes at least six cancers and it’s preventable. How can we not make a film about it!? The likelihood that this film can save someone’s life by inspiring them to take action and take care of their health is very high. And that’s very exciting.
HFF: What has inspired you to become a filmmaker?
FL: I always loved show and tell as a kid and I’ve wanted to impact my world positively as an adult. Filmmaking is the perfect profession for me. I love it so much.
HFF: What is something that you know about filmmaking now but you weren’t told when you started your career?
FL: That show business is a business. If you have talent and work hard at learning the craft of storytelling, you’ll become a good filmmaker but you also need to become a good businessperson. That is if you want to make it a career.
HFF: What are some of your favorite movies? What’s your favorite worst movie (you know it’s bad, but still love it)?
FL: My favorite doc is Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father, favorite narrative is The Son by the Dardenne brothers and my favorite worst movie is the first Highlander.
HFF: How many film festivals has your film been a part of? What do you like the most about the festival experience?
FL: This is our second film festival for Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic. I love meeting other filmmakers, watching films and watching the audience reaction to our film.
HFF: Heartland Film Festival moviegoers love filmmaker Q&As. Let’s say a Festival attendee wants to earn some brownie points—what is a question that you’d love to answer, but haven’t yet been asked?
FL: Why do you do it?
See Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic at the 2014 Heartland Film Festival:
- Saturday, Oct. 18 – 8:15 pm at AMC Traders Point Showplace 12
- Wednesday, Oct. 22 – 12:00 pm at AMC Traders Point Showplace 12
- Friday, Oct. 24 – 11:45 am at AMC Castleton Square 14
- Saturday, Oct. 25 – 10:00 am at AMC Traders Point Showplace 12