Jerry & Diane

Chris Domig and Margaret Copeland Hunter star in my not-so-romantic comedy short about a guitar lesson gone wrong, Jerry & Diane, which premiered at the Big Apple Film Festival at the Tribeca Cinemas on November 9th, 2014.

Jerry is a desperate ‘guitar teacher’ hoping to ‘take it to the next level’ with his favorite student, Diane. Diane is planning to quit her lessons because she’s discovered a dirty little secret.

I wrote and directed it. More credits here: http://imdb.com/title/tt2597142

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The Sonnet Project’s Sonnet 42

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 was assigned provided some logistical challenges; but we came through with a pretty little short film that I hope you’ll enjoy.

See more sonnets here, here, here, and here!

I Directed Theatre And It Won An Award!

It had been seven years since I attempted directing theatre. The last time was a lovely experience at Pacific Theatre in Vancouver, British Columbia via their emerging artist arm called Stone’s Throw Productions. I directed an abriged one-act adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing. We called it Less Ado. It was three nights only and it was a blast. The show was sold out each night and the audiences were great.

But it had been a while and I was a little nervous, but looking for something to do, when Sharifa Williams emailed me about potentially directing the play she’d written, submitted, and got accepted into the Players Theatre’s Short Play & Music Festival. I loved the script (it was a topic that I’ve been working on a screenplay about). I loved the size of the project – a short play. I loved the opportunity. Ryan was on board as well.

Rehearsals were so rewarding. I love working with actors. I’ve directed two short films since directing theatre and the thing I think I’ve missed is the lovely luscious rehearsal process. And this one was no exception. I had five brilliant, kind, patient, hard-working, and reliable actors who were a joy to play with.

Of all the plays in Week 2 of the festival, Sharifa’s was the most production-heavy. We had costumes with blood, costumes with spikes, six full garbage bags, Tupperware with broccoli, and sound cues from the MTA. But as a theatre producer turned film producer, I was totally up for it. However, it meant a little less time at each rehearsal working on the acting. More time spent on tech. But it was worth it. It’s important to be able to find the balance of time necessary. This was good practice.

Tech rehearsal ran smoothly. Even though they’d requested five cues or less, they didn’t balk at my seven cue prompt book. And the actors were so on task I nearly drooled. They killed it. Sharifa had a few suggestions after the first show; but it only took a few adjustments for the actors to fix that.

And now, it’s just been announced that our play, the play Sharifa William’s wrote, has won the Audience Award for the Best of the Fest from Week 2!

Hooray!!

My Short Film Is Hitting The Festival Circuit!

I’m so excited and proud to announce that my short film, SONNY, will have it’s world premiere on March 22nd at a film festival in Los Angeles. Then it will hit a festival in Austin, TX in April. Then it will return to California for a screening at a festival in Burbank!  And more Fests after that!

Here’s the details!

Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival
Beverly Hills, CA
March 21, 2013 to March 24, 2013
March 22, 12:00 at Leammle’s Music Hall

The ATTIC Film Festival
Austin, TX
April 19, 2013 to April 20th, 2013
***Nominated for Best Screenplay Award 2013

Newport Beach Film Festival
Newport Beach, CA
April 25, 2013 to May 2, 2013
April 30th, 3:30 pm at Island Cinemas 7

International Family Film Festival 
Burbank, CA
May 1, 2013 to May 5, 2013
May 4th, 5:30 at Raleigh Studios – Hollywood, CA
Pickford Theatre
May 5th, 4:30 at Raleigh Studios – Hollywood, CA
Pickford Theatre

The United Fest – New York City
Brooklyn, NY
May 10th, 2013 to May 16th, 2013
May 12th, 12:00 pm at Cobble Hill Cinemas – Brooklyn, NY

NY Shorts Fest
New York, NY
May 29th, 2013 at 7:30 PM at Landmark Sunshine Cinema – New York, NY

Excited to see everyone in LA and NYC!

Third Trimester!

I have three projects in their third trimester: two short films and a baby.

Sonny is so close to being finished, I can almost taste it! I’ve even started thinking about what to write for my “director’s statement” and am just giddy with the thought of getting to write one! We’re still finishing the score (with the amazing Joel Davis), and we’ve still got the sound design and final mix to do. Also, Ryan is in the middle of working on the color. But we expect to have all these things finished by the end of March! And then we will begin submitting to film festivals.

Jerry & Diane, the short film we shot just before Christmas (December 2011), is in post. I completed an assembly cut and then handed it off to Ryan, who will put his spin on it, then we will slam-bam-thank-you-maam post it here at home: colour, sound mix and everything. I’m really excited with how it turned out! And am excited for people to see and experience these quirky, funny characters. They’re odd and endearing. 🙂

Finally, I’m 6.5 weeks away from my due date with our first child. Even as I type this blog post, the little one is squirming around in my belly. I just had some dark chocolate and I think he (or she?) approves. This is why we’re doing our darndest to get these projects done before April. Because after that, I will focus on the one most important, squishiest, messiest, cutest little project that I’m currently incubating. Literally.

I’ve also got a project in it’s first trimester. I’m working to get a screenplay done before the babe arrives. It’s called Tent City and it’s inspired by a combination of things, such as the short film Sonny to a small extent and to a greater extent the current homelessness crisis in the United States and Canada. It’s currently in outline/treatment form and will hopefully begin to take shape as script pages in early March (second trimester?). I’ve spent the most time crafting the structure and story because I feel more confident with popping out script pages than getting the story right. I’ve just handed off a draft of the treatment to my producing partner (Ryan, again) and am waiting on notes.

I wonder what sort of metaphor I could use Braxton Hicks contractions for in the filmmaking process. Any ideas? Perhaps contract negotiations?