Does the passion to create run in the blood? For the “Wildflower Sisters,” it certainly does.
Following in the footsteps of their father, Claire and Lily Andrew have set on the path of filmmaking. They started their own production company, and are currently crowdfunding their first full-length film, “Max and Me.”
According to Claire and Lily, the movie was inspired by Claire’s childhood health struggles.
“I grew up with my own set of health issues at the time. I craved seeing stories and media about people that were like me, or who were going through things like me,” Claire said. “I was really inspired by the cystic fibrosis community, and they helped me through my health issue. This film is my way of saying ‘thank you’ and getting to show a character that has an illness but is stronger because of it.”
Lily said the story idea for their film came to Claire when they were both suffering from illness.
“We were both lying in bed sick, and then Claire rolled over and looked at me. She said ‘I have this idea for a movie, do you think it sounds good or weird?,’” Lily said.
Claire and Lily said that the first draft of the script was written in two weeks, and the theme and characters were well established. However, they said the script went through plenty of rewrites to make the plot more solid.
Claire and Lily said they have always been exposed to the filmmaking life. Their father, Tim Andrew is a television and film director with shows such as “Teen Wolf” and “Supernatural” under his belt.
They said that they were given the opportunity to accompany their father to some of the sets he worked on in their youth.
“We were homeschooled, so we could travel with him depending on what shows he was working on,” Lily said.
At a young age, Claire and Lily Andrew started creating their own short films. This early interest in moviemaking eventually led them to take film classes at Pierce College, which further inspired them create their own production company.
Claire and Lily said they got the name for their production company, “The Wildflower Sisters,” from their mother, who often referred to them by that nickname.
Tim Andrew said that he has been consistently impressed by the writing Claire has produced throughout her life.
“I’ve always thought Claire was one of the best writers I have ever met. She’s been writing ever since she was a little girl. Her scripts as a child and now as a young woman are better than professional scripts I get sent,” Tim said.
Tim said that Claire didn’t let her maladies keep her down in her youth, and instead used her experiences with them to do something constructive.
“She had her health issues growing up, and she never shied away from it. She always took charge of it and embraced it, and wanted to use her experiences to help other people,” Tim Andrew said.
Claire and Lily said their goal is to screen the movie at film festivals for a large, interested audience. They are currently raising money for “Max and Me” through Indiegogo, an international crowdfunding website.