I wrote a new short! Excited to keep workshopping it and hope to shoot it this summer.
Speaking of workshopping, I got the opportunity to perform with an amazing organization called Club B.Y.O.S.S. They want to bring writers and filmmakers together to celebrate short scripts with the belief that scripts shouldn’t have to be produced in order for the story to be shared. The written piece alone is worth an audience!
See below some pics from the event and info about the short!
Back with Sundance, this time for a director workshop. My first time truly at the helm , it was amazing to take it step by step and hear tips and tricks from other directors in the Sundance fam.
The assignment here was to take a generic scene given to us by the workshop and imbue story, character design, and life into the short, somewhat vague scene. I wanted to tell a story of connection between a couple. Love and lust and jealousy, a power struggle of just trying to figure out where you are with a partner. I loved working with my actors and communicating to my DP how I wanted the camera to feel like a third character in the scene. See below my mood board for a sneak peak into my creative process.
Welp, we’ve a great go of things with my short film Katie and Ben. So proud of the people who did this little films with me: Michael, Nell, Julia, Melissa, Jimmy. We played at a bunch of festivals, won a bunch of awards, but I gotta say this last one was my fave. Best Actress. Thank you California Women’s Film Festival for a great night! Here’re some pics from the event and a few other red carpet pics for good measure.
My web series On the Market made it to the 2nd round of the Sundance New Voices Lab! To me, Sundance is the holy grail, and being one step closer to the Sundance fam is GOALS. See below my submission vid if you wanna get a little bit more about why I think this series is so cool.
In more Folk Hero & Funny Guy News, we went to Tribeca in April! The film played in competition to rave reviews. Such a fun time celebrating the film with everyone. Can I move to New York yet?!
I had the best time pitching my feature film at Napa Valley film fest this year. First of all, I love wine more than almost anything, so needless to say it was a memorable weekend. I pitched my film to an auditorium fulla folks and executives. Now, I just wait for Ed McMahon to drop off the big check. That’s how that works, right? And bonus points for Napa Valley FF because they also featured the film I was in last year Folk Hero and Funny Guy!
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.
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.
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
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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
You don’t yet know about social media
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)