The day after her grandson was born, Fran Burst-Terranella found out her film was accepted into this year's Atlanta Film Festival. It also received an encore screening.
This is Burst-Terranella’s debut feature film after a very long career in Georgia's film industry. It's called "The 12 Lives of Sissy Carlyle" and centers on Sissy, a young woman who writes in 12 different diaries about her fantasy lives.
“She lives in her dreams, her fantasy,” Burst-Terranella said in an interview with “City Lights” host Lois Reitzes. “What attracts me to this story so much is that we all probably have fantasy lives … the play between who we really are, who we might want to be, and who we even think we are, it’s the most fascinating parts of being human.”
Over her 47-year career in film, Burst-Terranella calculated that she has done more than 10,000 interviews for documentaries and has completed over 700 projects. She was one of the proponents for Georgia’s tax incentives, and the Black Women’s Film Network honored her last year for her commitment to film and telling stories of underrepresented groups.
“I really like to see everybody on a team succeed, and a lot of times people have huge odds keeping them from pursuing their goals,” Burst-Terranella said. “Finding that voice, sharing your own voice in any form is really important to people, and I’ve really been about touching into that with as many people as I could, saying you can do this.”
"The 12 Lives of Sissy Carlyle” was also accepted into the Milledgeville Film Festival, which kicks off April 26.