Sonnet #42 for the New York Shakespeare Exchange

I directed (adapted, shot, and edited too) another sonnet for Shakespeare Exchange‘s The Sonnet Project – a great project here in NYC that is aiming to film all of Shakespeare’s sonnets, each performed by a different actor in a carefully chosen New York City location. This time I shot Sonnet 42 about a jilted lover. The location I…

Sonnet #143 for the New York Shakespeare Exchange

I directed (adapted, shot, and edited) Sonnet 143 for Shakespeare Exchange‘s The Sonnet Project – a great project here in NYC that is aiming to film all of Shakespeare’s sonnets, each performed by a different actor in a carefully chosen New York City location. Sonnet 143 is about a mama, her baby, and a chicken. Or is it really? Grand Central…

Leadership Sets The Culture On Set

There was a great letter from the ASC president Richard Crudo to the ASC members following the February death of Sarah Jones. You can read the whole thing here. What I want to focus on is his admonition that it is indeed the cinematographers – the leaders – who set the tone and the culture on…

View from the Q

I directed this short one-act play by Sharifa Williams called “The View from the Q” for the Players Theatre‘s Short Play & Music Festival. But it had been a while since I’d directed theatre and I was a little nervous, but looking for something to do, when Sharifa Williams emailed me about potentially directing the play…

Sonny

Sonny is a short film that I wrote in 2009 and shot in 2010. It premiered in LA in 2013. Sonny is about a homeless man who squats in a dirty old RV on an empty lot. When he meets a brash young woman named Annie at the local recycling depot, his world is turned…

How To Write A Screenplay

A friend of mine asked me by email how one goes about writing a screenplay. I answered his question with this silly little list: Start with an idea. Often this sounds like: “What if this happened?” Where “this” is the crazy idea. Give the idea a hero. Give the hero a goal. Set up obstacles…

The Poster For My Short Film!

Here it is! Hot off the presses! The poster for my short film, SONNY! We’re getting so close to being done with post-production. I can taste it!

Olivia’s Birth Story

Giving birth was so much harder, more painful, and more challenging than I had anticipated. I’m grateful for the presence of my husband Ryan – he was my anchor once I was in active labour; my mother, Fay – she provided countless moments of strength and comfort; my father, Glenn, who was with us for…

3 Weeks Postpartum

So I’m three weeks in and let me tell you: it’s been challenging. Lack of sleep for anyone is difficult. Lack of sleep for someone who knows knows knows how important sleep is is not only difficult, it’s demoralizing. Add to that the milk and the tears and the hormones… I was quite the mess…

Writer, Director, Mother, Superhero?

Hey! I am a writer, producer, and director, primarily in TV/film, but also in theatre. My background as a 1st assistant director and award-winning independent film and theatre producer has honed my writing skills and increased my ability to stay on time and on budget as a director. I have directed short films, live theatre,…