Hamish Downie’s Five Questions With Nicole de Meneses

Editor Note: Hamish has another in his series of Five Questions With…

Hamish came up with this idea because he was accumulating too much material for his Famous News Sushi column and asked if he could do these mini-interviews. Why would we say no?

Thank you, Hamish, for being such a trooper for us. We really appreciate all of your hard work.

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TGGeeks: Could you please introduce yourself to our readers?

Nicole de Meneses: My name is Nicole de Meneses. I’m an independent regional genre filmmaker making LGBTQ+ genre films in the Bay Area. Some of my short films include the queer vampire films Nightcap (available on LesFlicks):

Blood Bond:

And the sapphic web series Dating in the Zombie Apocalypse (also available now on LesFlicks):

and Yes, Mistress. My latest short on the festival circuit is Queer Science, a Sci-fi Comedy (which you can watch now as part of the Gilbert Baker Film Festival):

And I recently launched a crowdfunding campaign on Seed & Spark for the production of a lesbian mermaid short film called Fishy.

Crowdfunding link: Fishy – Film and Storytelling | Seed&Spark

TGG: That all sounds right up our alley. I can say that I’ve watched Queer Science and Nightcap, and they were both so much fun. Can you tell us about your latest project, Fishy?

NdM: Fishy is a romantic comedy short film about lesbians, mermaids, and dating in your 40s.

TGG: Dating in your 40s is not a topic often covered in LGBTQ films. Can you tell us about some of the rewards you are offering?

NdM: We have some very fun perks for our supporters. For $10, we will take a photo of you and photoshop you wearing a mermaid tail in a seaside background. Another fun perk for supporters is for $15, you will get a digital download of a parody song being made for the film called Kiss the Pearl. One of our most important perks is for an associate producer credit. If you’re someone that really loves and supports queer films, that perk really helps us reach our filming goals. If you are local to the Bay Area, we have a mermaid pool party perk available, but it is (BYOT) Bring Your Own Tail.

TGG: Sounds fun. So, what attracts you to genre films, and why do you think it’s important to see ourselves represented in genre films?

NdM: Genre films have the ability to bring diverse audiences together. It’s important to see LGBTQ+ characters and lead storylines represented because it allows our community to dream and envision endless possibilities for themselves.

TGG: Finally, how can we best support you? (where can we visit your website,
watch your films, and follow you on social media?)

NdM: Please, if you are able to contribute to the Fishy campaign on Seed&Spark at the link here:
Fishy – Film and Storytelling | Seed&Spark

I will be putting my films and behind-the-scenes content on my Patreon page Dark Rainbow films | creating LGBTQ+ genre films | Patreon

People can follow for updates on my website Home | Dark Rainbow Films

and on Katie Frimodig

Dead In Love Trailer:

and my Instagram Nicole de Meneses (@darkrainbowfilms) • Instagram photos and videos


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