Field Notes – Katie Mullen

Watch “Gluten Free, Me?” on TERRA
and check out her other films on Katie’s Vimeo.

Katie's Biography:

Katie's Biography:

Catherine Mullen holds a degree in Wildlife from the University of Georgia alongside a passion for nature and all things wild that drives her goals of contributing to biological conservation. Initially she found herself in outdoor education. She wanted to spread her desire for sustainability to impressionable young minds. After teaching in Georgia and Maryland, she decided to forward her own education and become a candidate for a MFA in Science and Natural History Filmmaking at Montana State University. In the future, she will disseminate the conservation message through the far-reaching medium of film and definitely be excited for any adventure she should encounter in the process.

TERRA: What inspired you to make a film about gluten?

TERRA: What inspired you to make a film about gluten?

KM: The surge in people randomly becoming gluten free alongside magazine headlines claiming the elimination of all things gluten to be an ideal diet for health and weight loss inspired the creation of my film. I became curious if I should give up gluten, so I used the film as a means for me to discover the facts behind gluten and to share my discoveries with those interested.

TERRA: Give us a behind-the-scenes snapshot of what life was like while making the film?

TERRA: Give us a behind-the-scenes snapshot of what life was like while making the film?

KM: Honestly, creating this film made me more interested in baking with gluten-laden flour than giving it up, so life behind the scenes involved many failed attempts at baking a beautiful loaf of bread.

TERRA: What surprised you the most about the vox pop answers?

TERRA: What surprised you the most about the vox pop answers?

KM: The gargantuan amount of people who had absolutely no clue what gluten was but desired to give it up because of its health consequences surprised me the most. I personally get sucked into diets that are supposed to be healthy quite often, but I didn’t realize that other people were as prone to accept dietary propaganda as me.

TERRA: What types of equipment did you use?  Do you have a favorite piece?

TERRA: What types of equipment did you use? Do you have a favorite piece?

KM: Jibs are cool.

TERRA: Did you have any particularly rewarding or challenging moments during production?

TERRA: Did you have any particularly rewarding or challenging moments during production?

KM: The entire process was rewarding in itself. By the end, I had all of my questions answered and could make an educated decision about my own diet.

TERRA: What’s your favorite aspect of filmmaking?

TERRA: What’s your favorite aspect of filmmaking?

KM: With nonfiction in particular, I adore how filmmaking gives us the opportunity to continuously learn throughout our lives, about our subjects and ourselves.

TERRA: Have you ever tried going gluten-free?

TERRA: Have you ever tried going gluten-free?

KM: Yes, I have tried being gluten-free. It is incredibly difficult, and I feel for those who actually must be that meticulous when deciding what to have for dinner.