#FemaleFilmmakerFriday: Get to know "The Boy Downstairs" director Sophie Brooks

Jon Pack(NEW YORK) — In honor of #FemaleFilmmakerFriday, meet Sophie Brooks.

The writer/director’s first feature film, The Boy Downstairs, opens in New York today and hits select theaters next week. The romantic comedy stars Zosia [ZASHA] Mamet [MAMM-ett] as an aspiring writer who inadvertently moves into the apartment above her ex-boyfriend. Complicatations ensue.

In a time when women in film are coming to forefront – like Lady Bird director Greta Gerwig and Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins – Brooks is looking to make her own mark. Here’s what you should know about this rising filmmaker:

1. The idea for The Boy Downstairs came to her while she was recovering from a car accident and appendicitis…at the same time.

2. Like Zosia’s character in the film, Brooks is a writer, who moved to London and worked in a bridal store. However, she’s never lived in the same building as an ex.

3. She’s fan of the #FemaleFilmmakerFriday hashtag, which began popping up all over social media last month. “I think [that] until there’s a time when it isn’t necessary to say ‘female’ before ‘filmmaker,’ it’s good to embrace it and to show younger girls, ‘Look, this is a viable option for you. This is a viable job,’” she tells ABC Radio.

4. She’s working on two new scripts: one in the same genre as The Boy Downstairs, another a zombie-comedy with two girl best friends as the leads.

5. Her advice to aspiring female filmmakers? “Don’t limit yourself, and try things. And believe in yourself.”

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