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Women Making History: Brass, NAILgasm Filmmaker

nailgasm brass interview

If you’re into nail art then you’ve probably heard about the documentary film NAILgasm that is releasing today.  Brass, a documentary filmmaker, decided to delve deep into the nail art subculture to find out about its roots and the main players in the industry.  I had the pleasure of meeting Brass when she interviewed Liz and me for NAILgasm.  She was a great interviewer and I could tell that she was exploring nail art not as an outsider, but as someone who had a true passion for it.  I decided to turn the table on Brass and ask her a few questions about what makes her tick and on her new film NAILgasm.

What woman, besides your mom or grandmother, do you find inspirational?


How did you get your start as a documentary filmmaker?

First I fell in love with documentary photography back in 2009. Then I quickly realized no one really makes money doing that so the next logical step was making documentary films where I get to combine my love of photography and exploring the lives of other more fully.

When did you first discover nail art?

Nail Art has been apart of urban culture for as long as I can remember so it’s not new to me. However, I first started seeing it go “mainstream” aka outside of the hood back in 2008.

nailgasm brass interview

Why did you decide to make a documentary about nail art? What is it about nail art that inspires you?

The things these women and men are able to put on their nails is AMAZING! It’s like miniature paintings on your nails. What really inspires me about nail art are the people that take it seriously and are making a career out of it even though it’s not the most respected profession in the world, yet.

What’s the most interesting thing you learned about nail art while making Nailgasm?

All of the technology that goes into nails. There’s so much chemistry involved. It’s almost like rocket science in terms of how these products are made and applied.

Favorite manicure and shape that you like to rock?

Super impractical, but stiletto (sharp pointy nails) were my favorite to rock.

nailgasm brass interview

What’s your favorite film that you’ve worked on?

NAILgasm. I definitely got to live my dream in a lot of ways with this project.

Who do you want to work with?

HBO, PBS, MTV and any other company that supports the making of rad documentaries, hint hint 😉

What part of documentary film making is the most challenging and do you dislike the most?

Editing. OMG, this took MONTHS to edit, literally.

Any advice for ladies who are just starting out in a career path similar to yours?

Ladies, you are unstoppable. Once you fully grasp and accept your power the world better look out!

nailgasm brass interview

You can watch NAILgasm now  It’s not to be missed!

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