Interview with Filmmaker Melissa Lane (SEX + ICE CREAM)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

SEX + ICE CREAM played to rave reviews at the February 2020 Chicago Feedback Film Festival.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Melissa Lane: I’ve always loved making short documentaries. So I knew I wanted to find a really interesting person to profile for my next project. I found Nicole on Instagram and initially fell in love with her aesthetic. But I officially decided to make a documentary about her after I realized how open she was about dealing with struggles in her life as well as mental health. She exuded so much joy and vulnerability simultaneously and that was really intriguing for me as a person and as a filmmaker.

2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this short?

It took about a full week to shoot. But it took about a year to edit. I…

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