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Apr 2017

Women in Film Mentorship Program

It me.

It’s back to school for me. If I can be honest, I always liked school. I probably liked it because I was good at it. Or is the opposite true: I was good at it because I liked it? Maybe that’s actually closer to the truth. A self-fulfilling prophecy of sorts.

Anyway! I digress. Nothing new there. My boyfriend recently told me my stories are too long, and I should get to the point faster. Um, excuse me?! The story is the point!

Except not really right now. The point is I applied and was accepted into the very prestigious Women in Film Mentorship program! I’ll be learning from and alongside the best in the biz. How to navigate this crazy tinseltown, with my sanity and my sense of something to say in tact. I’ll meet at ICM on The Avenue of the Stars and make plans to take over the world. Or at least make a show about it.

 

06

Jan 2017

2017.

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Sunrise or Sunset? Venice, CA.

I sit here willing myself to come up with something profound for the new year. Surely there must be some poignant metaphor just waiting for me to twist into the-old-is-gone-the-new-has-begun brilliance. But the thing is, I don’t really feel that new. I kind of just feel like… me. My page pushes back on my pen in the same way it did last year (or is it my mind pushing back on my discipline? And yes, I write with pen and paper first). I sit at the same flea market wooden table that has one leg half painted blue for no discernible reason. And, I still can not think of a metaphor that will immediately ignite a swell of creativity, productivity, “newness”-ivity to the masses.

Alas, I can’t shake that old Robert Burns poem (you know it. The one in When Harry Met Sally). “May auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind.” Well, that’s kind of sad, isn’t it?

Maybe that’s my metaphor. Maybe the auld acquaintances are the bad habits I’ve cultivated in a year of rough around all the edges. The insecurity and the cynicism that at times can feel like the nostalgic, folk song melody of my life.

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne.

For auld lang syne, my jo,
For auld lang syne,
We’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

I hope we can all find time to take a cup o’kindness this year. Kindness for ourselves and for our old time’s sake bad habits of yesteryear.

And, I’m going to start using “my jo” as my only term of endearment.

 

17

Dec 2016

Katie and Ben

Just a little taste of something I’m wrapping up before the holidays… Plenty more to come.

 

06

Dec 2016

Women in Film Upfronts

Christmas came early this year! My project ON THE MARKET is a finalist in the Women in Film Upfronts. So, it’s set to screen in January in front of an audience of other lady filmmakers and (hopefully) interested buyers. ‘Cause mama wants a new pair of shoes for Christmas!

 

03

Aug 2016

The Soken Word Takes a Hiatus!

I am taking a little summer vacay. You know what they say, all work and no play… well, doesn’t really apply to me. My work is play. I get to drink and tape myself saying silly things. But, I’ll indulge the idiom.  And I will graciously leave you at least a little somethin’ somethin’:

  1. Some pics from a recent shoot. Drink it in because this is the “Soken” part of this week’s alternative. And because a picture’s worth 1,000 words. P.P.S. Cathy Baron is a goddess. Cameran Surles 1055Cameran Surles 825

 

 

 

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2. The “Word” part. I wrote this. Ya huh. Yes, I did.

Let Me Not To The Marriage of True Minds

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27

Jul 2016

The Soken Word – Time’s a Funny Thing

For today’s Soken Word I have decided to play a fun game on your eyes! By “decided” I mean I did it accidentally – it looks really unprofessional – please don’t stop watching – I don’t have time to retape – maybe you won’t notice – except I’ve made this embarrassingly big show of it now. I’m a little out of focus. It’s not your eyes. Unless you started your mid-week booze early, then I don’t know. Maybe it is your eyes.

It’s kind of artsy, though, because when I gesture, my hands come closer to the camera and flashes of red nail polish and red campari are actually in focus. So, there you go. It’s an artistic choice. Why am I still talking? Here’s this week’s Soken Word: Time’s a Funny Thing.

 

20

Jul 2016

The Soken Word – Watch for the Storm

Happy Wednesday!! Guys. It’s July 20th. The 20th day. Of the 7th month. Of 2016. WHERE DOES THE TIME GO?! (More on that next week). Welp, I had my Soken Word all written out to share with you today. Here’s an excerpt:

Your word is your bond. You do what you say you’re going to do. You treat people with dignity and respect. Because I want all the children in this nation to know that the only limit to their achievement is the strength of your dreams and your willingness to work hard for them.

But apparently, that speech was already taken. Who knew?! So, instead, you get this one. It’s called Watch for the Storm. It’s about love. And visualizing yourself on a beach. #wishfulthinkingwednesday

Wanna hear a piece about something specific? Email me at thesokenword@gmail.com!

 

 

13

Jul 2016

The Soken Word – Search for the Light

I don’t know about you, but Wednesdays are my favorite days for existential crises.

Bet you didn’t think I was going there, did ya? Of course, I’m kidding! Existential crises can happen at any time, any day. If you don’t know what I’m talking about and have never had an existential crisis… are you alive? But alas, that’s the question, isn’t it?!?!

Oh no. I need more booze. This week, I am adding to The Soken Word a weekly wine tip. This week: drink orange. (click HERE to see what I’m drinking)

 

 

06

Jul 2016

The Soken Word – I Look Like a Pirate in This Shirt (aka Kindergarten)

This week on The Soken Word I discuss the pros and cons of being an adult vs. being 5.

BEING 5 – PROS

The ability to entertain yourself in the pool for HOURS

Snack time (lookin’ at you, Ants on a Log)

Pajama sets with footies

Party favors

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Santa Claus

 

BEING 5 – CONS

Only liking cartoons

Not having the ability to use your words

You don’t yet know about social media

 

BEING AN ADULT – PROS

Drinking champagne in the middle of the day

(there’s probably more, but none seem quite as important as this one)

 

 

29

Jun 2016

The Soken Word – Boozy Breakfast (aka Pillow Talk)

“The time has come!

the walrus said to talk of many things. Of shoes and ships and ceiling wax, of cabbage and kings! Of why the sea is boiling hot and whether pigs have wings.”

Pop Quiz! (Bet you didn’t see that coming) Can anyone tell me what that’s from?! It’s really such a relief to be given permission to talk about ceiling wax and cabbage… it’s ALL I THINK ABOUT! OK breathe, I’ll tell you. It’s from Lewis Carroll’s The Walrus and the Carpenter (go ahead, click on the link to see it in all its glory). I grew up performing several of Lewis Carroll’s pieces (this one and the even weirder Jabberwocky). By “performing,” I clearly mean gesticulating wildly and speaking loudly and forcing anyone around me to stop and watch. Come to think of it, maybe Lewis Carroll is where I first fell in love with poetry. An epiphany! What a beautiful weirdo, that one.

Anyway, I digress.

This week on The Soken Word, I give you a little pillow talk and switch out my normal wine for… coffee.

 

If you like what you see, leave a comment below! Or share to all your friends. Sharing is caring!

I’ll show you how this whole “sharing” thing is done: Take a listen to my friends’ podcast Same, But Different (click link). My friends (and identical twins) Whitney and Lauren Rosenthal host a weekly podcast that is super fun and enlightening and a PERFECT way to get you through traffic. They have special guests every week. And, this week, it’s ME! They’re awesome. You should get to know them.

Wasn’t that easy?