Me Too

I hesitated to write this post because I’ve “only” experienced sexual harassment and not sexual assault. I felt guilty. Like I would be taking attention away from the more important problem of sexual assault. But I’ve realized that while assault is farther across the line, harassment is definitely on the same side of the line…

Manger Things

This is a Christmas short film I wrote and produced, a spoof called Manger Things. I produced it with Elisa Booker, the Children’s Director of my church here in Brooklyn, Trinity Grace Church Park Slope. The young guys over at Infinity Finite on YouTube, Ethan and Christian Locy, directed and shot it. Ethan directed. Christian shot it. Check it…

Jerry & Diane

Chris Domig and Margaret Copeland Hunter star in my not-so-romantic comedy short film 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…

Sonnet #42 for the New York Shakespeare Exchange

I adapted and directed 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…

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…

Writer, Director, Mother, Superhero?

Hey! I am a writer, producer, and director, primarily in film/video. My background as a award-winning independent film and theatre producer and 1st assistant director has honed my writing skills and my ability to stay on time and on budget as a director. I have directed short film/video projects, live theatre, and I’ve written feature…

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…

Minimalist Filmmaking: On the making of my short film, Jerry & Diane

So I just wrapped production as a writer-producer-director on another short film! It’s a 7-page comedy about a guitar lesson gone wrong, called “Jerry & Diane”. I’m really happy with the performances from my actors and excited about how it looks! We had the stupendous and fearless Chris Domig playing Jerry. And the delightful dry and quirky Margaret Rossi Copeland playing…

Building Sustainability… On Location and In Education!

When we shot “The Rock ‘n’ Roll Dreams of Duncan Christopher,” we did our best to produce the film in a sustainable, green-minded way. Some of the things we attempted include: Using Bio-Diesel Reusing Clothes for Costumes Eco-friendly Flatware Shooting On-location Shooting Digitally Being Carbon Neutral Using Bio-Diesel We secured a bio-diesel donation from Tulsa…