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GrandMom Indie Filmmaker Debuts First Feature Film


Timing is everything for Fran Burst-Terranella, the self-proclaimed “Grandma Moses” of filmmaking, who is debuting her first feature film, The 12 Lives of Sissy Carlyle at the 41st Atlanta Film Festival.

The day after her grandson was born, this Emmy-winning film director and producer learned her new film was accepted by the Atlanta Film Festival for a March 27, 2017 world premiere. How appropriate for a trailblazer whose 40-year filmmaking career – with 700+ productions and 100+ industry honors – has revolved around family, storytelling and growing the film industry.

“I hope 50 percent of films will be directed by women within the next five years, said Fran, who is one of the first American women to produce/direct an indie feature film at age 60+. “I want to give voice to an infinite number of stories, especially from women, that have not been heard.”

About Fran

  • Directed/produced her first feature film with a Georgia cast and crew and film locations. 
  • First woman to graduate as a director from the University of Texas graduate film school.
  • Helped gain passage of Georgia’s entertainment tax incentive as co-president of the Georgia Production Partnership.
  • Founding member of the Atlanta Film Society and Women in Film and Television/Atlanta and member of the Producers Guild of America and Women in Film/Los Angeles and Film Fatales/Atlanta, among other industry groups.



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