Gwydhar is an artist and a filmmaker based in Chicago, and before you ask, because we know it’s your next question, it’s pronounced “Gwed-ra” even though it doesn’t look like it. It’s a nickname that means “Girl with the red hair” and is made up of the sounds of those words (“G” from girl, “w” from with, “-ed” from red, “har” from hair).
Gwydhar does, incidentally, have red hair.
Gwydhar decided to go into film at age 12 but took her time getting around to it. She studied at Illinois Wesleyan University and majored in Theatre and Art thinking that a Liberal Arts degree would be more useful than film training and is not yet sure whether she was right or wrong about that. After graduating, and after giving up theatre as a career path, she got a toe hold in film by working on the Vermont based film “Disappearances” with Kris Kristofferson. It was quite an experience. Ask her to tell you the fish story sometime.
After “Disappearances” Gwydhar returned to Chicago and after mucking about trying to figure out who she was and what she wanted to do with her life she founded Blue Damen Pictures with two close friends Danellyn and Daniel Vendt. Since then Blue Damen Pictures has achieved 501 (c) 3 status and has been in existence since 2007. The first film they produced entitled “Persephone” has won Best Experimental Short at the Illinois International Film Festival and at the Kent Film Festival.