Interview: Writer Lee Ehlers talks ‘Mama Bear’ at the Olympus Film Festival [EXCLUSIVE]

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On Wednesday night in North Hollywood, California, Nerds and Beyond had the pleasure of attending a special screening of Mama Bear (along with several other short films) at the first ever Olympus Film Festival. Director Matt Cohen, writer Lee Ehlers, titular star Mandy Musgrave and many of the film’s other stars were in attendance. The screening was packed and lively and after included a special Q&A for all of the short films. At the end of the evening the Festival’s producers handed out awards and Mama Bear was given the first ever “Zeus Award!” 

After the festivities were over, I managed to grab the writer, Lee Ehlers, for an exclusive interview! I spoke with him about the inspiration behind Mama Bear, the importance of creating action and genre roles for women, what it was like to work with Matt Cohen on his directorial debut, and what we might get out of a full length Mama Bear feature!

Watch the full interview below and stay tuned for more Mama Bear exclusives, including interviews with star Mandy Musgrave and Supernatural fan favorite Osric Chau!

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By Britt
Britt is a Los Angeles based writer, burlesque performer, and life long nerd. A former drama kid turned playwright and classic ambivert, (shout out fellow ambiverts! There are dozens of us! Dozens!) her love of books, snacks, and cats makes her a Ravenclaw with Hufflepuff leanings. She is a voracious reader, writer, and unapologetic binge-watcher. Her lifelong obsessions include Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Star Trek, Harry Potter, Firefly, Battlestar Galactica, Doctor Who, Arrested Development, Neil Gaiman, and Frank Herbert's Dune series. Her current obsessions include: Sherlock, Black Mirror, The Great British Baking Show, RuPaul's Drag Race, and Counterpart. She will also gladly talk people's ears off about graphic novels if they let her, which they usually don't. Find Britt on Twitter @MsGeorgiaOQueef
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