Instead of a long blog post, this week I'm feeling like spreading some inspiration! Here are some wonderful quotes that I stumbled upon and really liked. I'm a huge fan of motivational quotes (which you can totally tell from my Instagram page)! They never fail to give me happy boosts of encouragement and drive. I'm grinning right now just thinking about them! :-D
A couple of summers ago, I had the extreme honor of working as the Production Coordinator on the indie feature film, Landing Up, written by and starring Stacey Maltin, whom I went to NYU Tisch with back in the day (yay for Stella Adler alums making waves!).
Well, I am so excited to share that the film's East Coast Premiere is happening TOMORROW at the SoHo International Film Festival! The team is just coming back from its World Premiere at the Dances With Films festival in LA, so this is part of an exciting tour de force!
The film is directed by Daniel Tenenbaum, and stars Stacey Maltin, Ben Rappaport, Dov Tiefenbach, Jay DeYonker, and the late E'Dena Hines.
Here's the official trailer:
The film screens at 6:30pm on Saturday, June 17th at Village East Cinema. You can still get tickets here.
Hope to see you there!
When I was in kindergarten, all of us kids would play a particular game at recess. The boys would capture the girls, "tie" us against the fence at the far end of the playground, and try to kiss us. (Don't get me started on the psychological/sexual layers of that!)
Anyway...one day, I decided that I was going to play the Hero. I "broke" myself free, rescued all of the other girls, and we ran away triumphantly.
I felt incredible! I saved the day!
However...after that courageous afternoon, no one really wanted to play the game with me anymore. Neither the boys nor the girls! I had changed the rules and made it a different kind of a game, where the girls could be victorious over the boys and win. And it suddenly wasn't as fun for the other kids playing it. They didn't want to play Heroes and Villains. They wanted to play Flirts and Kisses.
I've always tended to hang with the guys throughout my whole life. First with my brothers and my dad watching action and sci-fi movies (I knew who Yoda was at four years old), then with the neighborhood boys playing Cops and Robbers. Even in high school, I hung out with the guys who played Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Gathering. (I was SO COOL, guys...SO COOL.) Today? Yep...still hanging with the guys. We're actually going to play a board game of Battleship tonight. (I'm still SO COOL.)
I think part of why I always hung out with the guys was that all their interests seemed so much more interesting and fun than the girls' did. I mean, playing with makeup and worrying about your clothes....or fighting imaginary battles of wit and brawn? Sure, I did the girly things occasionally, but the boy stuff was always more fun to me.
Last weekend, I saw Wonder Woman in the theater...and it hit me. It was never girls versus boys. It was the "Idea" of girls versus the "Idea" of boys. Because women...and girls...can be strong, can be courageous, can fight imaginary battles of wit and brawn, and they can be Heroes.
All this time, I was thinking that I never fit into the typical "Female" profile that others seemed to glide so easily into. But that "Female" never existed. It was what we thought and were told we had to be. based on some pre-established social paradigms that were as antiquated as the Victorian corset that strapped them in.
I wish that today's kind of consciousness and realization of what really is "feminine" and what really is "masculine" had been around when I was a little girl. I'm happy to have it now though, as an adult. And I'm so excited for all of those little girls out there, who can feel free to play Cops and Robbers, Heroes and Villains, Flirts and Kisses, and whatever it is that makes them happy, passionate, and their true, honest, courageous selves. It's about time.
So thank you, Wonder Woman. God, you're so kickass. My kindergarten self would have donned your cape proudly.
I've been reflecting on these past few weeks, and I am so happy! It was a fantastic month, with lots of great things in it:
Plus, throughout the month I've been refining my goals, sparking my creativity with some new projects, continuing to do good work in my acting class, and making some solid plans for the future.
And -- the future is now!
June begins today, and I'm so pumped!
I'm recharged, prepped, and ready for action.
So here's to a Jovial, Jazzy, June!
Yes, it's been a while.
I can't wait to share with you my journey, successes, challenges, and, yes, even failures.
Happy to return to the Chain NYC Film Festival this year! Last year "Find Love, NYC" screened -- now it's "Tri-State"!
Our screening is at 2:30PM on this upcoming Saturday the 8th -- join us! Get tickets at http://www.chainfilmfestival.com/.
A few months ago, I wrote about Reaffirming My Passion for acting, dismissing the idea of pursuing directing.
How things change so very quickly!
Over the past couple months, it has become clear to me that PRODUCING is my new path. Little things stood out like...
...really enjoying working on such "boring" things as contracts and expense reports.
...popping The Film Method podcasts into my playlist like an addict...
...wanting to work anywhere and anyhow I can -- even for free.
So, over the next few months you'll see this site transform from an acting-specific site to a more broad filmmaker hub. It'll include my production resume, blog posts will shift focus, and pictures and other info will change.
I'm still open to acting, though! Ha, seriously if someone wants to work with me I am all for it! :)
Thanks for all the support, and I hope you'll continue to follow my efforts in this new direction. I am so excited for the future. :)
My high school drama experience immensely shaped me as both an artist and a human being. I had two amazing teachers who encouraged me to grow and they gave me wonderful creative opportunities.
Starting today for the next two and a half weeks, I'll be the Production Coordinator on the indie feature film, "Landing UP." I'm super-excited to learn and grow from this experience.
On Monday night, John Olson and I had a read-thru of the first draft of our short film, "Kitsch" (tentatively titled). Sitting around in a group of talented people, reading and hearing the story out loud, was an incredible experience.
And then we hit a conundrum.
Our script ran about 45-60 minutes. Definitely not the length of a short film!
So we had to decide...do we cut this to make it a short, like originally desired, or do we expand it to make a feature?
After much discussion, John and I realized that we still had so much backstory and character elements that it would actually be super-easy to find extra material to add in. We also acknowledged that the story was calling to be a feature.
So, we're writing a feature!
I'm absolutely excited but also a bit nervous. Funding and development of a short film -- I can definitely do that.
But a feature?
New territory here! Can we get funding, how do we even think about distribution, festivals, etc?
But honestly, it feels right, and I think I'm finally at a confidence level where I can take this on without more than growing pains as a result.
Now, it's off to expanding, writing, and rewriting, rewriting, rewriting. And obviously the production span has extended from several months to a year or more.
But, I'm immensely proud of it and I think we have a great story. The best part of the evening was when one of the actresses said that it resonated deeply with her, reminding her of her family relationships. Wow.
We've really got something! Here we go!