We had the good fortune of connecting with Molly Ratermann and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Molly, why did you pursue a creative career?
That’s usually the question a creative asks themselves when they see their bank account isn’t it? But no, pursuing film to me was a combination of finding something that fulfilled me and made the most sense to me, I’m able to express myself and contribute to the world through it. After all, storytelling is one of the most important and influential things in the world and I wanted to be part of that magic and influence, so here I am.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I make dark comedies for the most part, which is sort of a unique genre in itself. It’s pretty broad and I think what sets dark comedies apart is the “approach” each filmmaker has on what a dark comedy is to them. You sort of can’t help but be set apart when doing dark comedy because a lot of it comes from your own outlook on the world, how you “make fun” of the world or process dark topics with this silver lining of humor. For me, my dark comedies tend to be lighter, quirkier, and grounded with dramatic realities. I try to tell the story only I can tell in the way I see it, it’s really as simple as that to be set apart. I’m cutting a Western right now that I’m really excited about and have a few dark comedies of mine in development that have great teams attached. I’ve got a bit of an obsession with the Wild West, deserts, juxtapositions and small towns, so I feel like I always find a way to harp on one of those things. How I got to where I’m at professionally? If you made a graph, it would probably look like a manic 2 year old’s scribbling. It’s been a process that started with Acting to writing and directing to producing and even distribution and back to square one and two. Lots of great challenges to be grateful for. Being all over the spectrum of filmmaking has given me invaluable mistakes and perspectives. The best part of film is that once you accept it’s mostly failure and redirecting your course, you don’t feel so bad.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I mostly have friends visit from the Bay Area, where I’m from, so I feel like I’ve come up with my own little tour that I’ve done all too many times. I’m in love with the amount of cute outdoor cafe spots in Los Feliz and walking the neighborhood after – maybe even a hike up to Griffith Observatory, obviously have to get Korean BBQ, and somehow land at Manhattan beach for cocktails and the sunset. Going out is one of the easiest things to do in LA, which is dangerous for me. I somehow manage 3 opposite side of LA in one night just to try and do it all.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Wow, this is like an Oscar speech I wasn’t ready for. I’d say Anna Rottke (Editor) and Andy Hoffman (Cinematographer) deserve a huge shoutout. They both took a chance on me and my vision as a bit of a Wild West filmmaker. Their talent contributions and support has been very instrumental in my successes in the industry.