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Germaine Gaudet’s Award Winner Film ‘Greek Philosophia and Chickens’ Breaks Stereotypes for Older Women

Germaine Gaudet’s Award Winner Film ‘Greek Philosophia and Chickens’ Breaks Stereotypes for Older Women
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By: Maria Williams

Greek Philosophia and Chickens, produced by Germaine Gaudet, is a powerful and inspirational film for women, especially those over fifty who are frequently marginalized in the film industry. The movie recently won a Palm Beach Shorts Award, which is a noteworthy turning point in Gaudet’s career as an actress and producer.

Commercial actress and executive producer Germaine’s journey is anything but ordinary. A former tech executive turned actress and producer, she has carved her path in the film industry. After years of navigating the tech world, from software development to sales and management, Gaudet felt a calling to explore her creative side. Inspired by a chance encounter with a woman creating corporate videos, Gaudet realized her artistic potential. 

Her pursuit of a creative career wasn’t without its hurdles. The film industry often relegates older women to stereotypical roles, lacking depth and dimensionality. Gaudet, however, refused to be confined by these limitations. She took matters into her own hands, penning the concept for “Greek Philosophia and Chickens,” a film that celebrates life, female empowerment, and the power of self-belief. 

At its core, the film is a celebration of women supporting women and embracing the joy of living. With a narrative that seamlessly blends drama, comedy, and romance, Greek Philosophia and Chickens invites audiences to reflect on themes of self-worth, resilience, and the beauty of embracing one’s age.  

For Gaudet, bringing this film to life was no small feat. From fundraising efforts to assembling a talented cast and crew, every aspect of the production demanded meticulous planning and unwavering dedication. Understanding the complex landscape of pre-production, she chose to hire Sela Films due to their expertise in handling logistics, payroll taxes, insurance permits, and other tasks. She wanted to focus on the creative side of the project while using her previous skills as a leader in the corporate world. Gaudet’s keen eye for detail and passion for storytelling were evident throughout the filmmaking process, resulting in a cinematic experience that resonates with audiences of all ages. 

“When you create a backstory on a character,” Gaudet explains, “you don’t necessarily reveal that to your audience. You use that internally to show that through your behavior and eyes. Let the audience decide whether they think she is worthy of earning those lines.” This encapsulates Gaudet’s commitment to crafting nuanced characters and stories that resonate with audiences on a deeper level. 

Despite the inherent challenges of being a female filmmaker in a male-dominated industry, Gaudet remained steadfast in her commitment to bringing her vision to fruition. Through her perseverance and creative ingenuity, she has not only defied ageism but also paved the way for future generations of women in film. 

The accolades garnered by Greek Philosophia and Chickens are a testament to its universal appeal and profound impact. From the Brooklyn International Shorts Awards and Five Continents International Film Festival to the San Diego Film Week, the film has captivated audiences and critics alike with its humor, heart, and authenticity. 

As Gaudet sets her sights on the upcoming New York Socially Relevant Film Festival, her unwavering dedication to keeping the film alive is palpable. With each new screening and accolade, Greek Philosophia and Chickens continue to spark important conversations about representation, ageism, and the power of storytelling to effect change. 

Published by: Martin De Juan

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