Ingrid Stobbe is the subject of our first Meet a Lynx, a new series to introduce you to members of the Lesley community. Stobbe teaches filmmaking in our College of Art and Design. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.
Q. What brought you to Lesley?
A. In 2019, the film department was new, which as a professor is really exciting because there is a lot of room for creative input and growth. You get to design classes. You get a lot of say in what's happening, which is really great. And also, transparently, it's in Cambridge, which is a really active and vibrant art scene.
Q. Why did you become a filmmaker?
A. I would call myself almost more of a media artist than a filmmaker. I like to write, I like to paint and I like to do film. And I realized that I liked filmmaking the most because it enabled me to do things simultaneously that I enjoyed.
Q. What projects are you currently working on?
A. I am finishing a book with a colleague called "The New Filmmakers Guide: Not Getting What you Want, Leading to Creating What You Need."
The book is about what happened throughout cinematic history when artists would hit a wall but came up with something that was more creative and unexpected than what they thought they had in the first place. Then it goes into exercises to break apart the different areas of production and focus on those different creative muscles. It deliberately puts people in a pickle and asks them to sort their way out of it, to strengthen muscles so that when they're in a future production, they embrace challenges as a means to move forward.
And then this fall, God helped me, I am starting production on a film that I've been so patiently waiting to start. It’s about reaching a point where you have multiple elements of your identity that you try to preserve because you think that's the right thing to do.
When I was really little, I had to have endless surgeries, and my family dealt with it the best way they could, which was to minimize because I was the only sibling who had to deal with that. But when you're very little your brain doesn't really understand. It’s like going to a doctor's visit and then you leave and go to a birthday party. Then you grow up, and you have to find a way to sort of get both of those things into your identity as one person with these different facets. And that's the way that you try to navigate the world, and then you realize that you can't sustain that in your system.
Q. If you could teach any course at Lesley, what would it be called and why?
A. I would love to teach “Meaning through Media,” having elements of paper and paint and ink and film versus digital and asking students to choose projects based on what was in them and what it meant for them. You have to feed yourself in making work, so I think it's just so important to be thoughtful about that.
Q. What's something you want each of your students to know by the time they finish one of your courses?A. They as individuals are the critical element to their success. We're going to go over all kinds of principles and practices and ways to use the equipment and we'll watch all kinds of films. We'll learn about all kinds of makers but then figure out who you are because you can't be the next so and so.