'Body Image' Official Poster

We've completed the official poster for Body Image! Thank you to Ian Choplick for shooting the image, to Bill Safsel for the designing the poster, and to Jocelyn Vammer for her powerful performance in the film.

Watch this news feed for info on our World Premiere coming soon. Stay tuned, lots more to come for Body Image!

Behind-The-Scenes Videos for 'The End of Mara'

We've created two new behind-the-scenes videos for The End of Mara: One about casting the film and the other about the cinematic look-and-feel of The End of Mara as well as the complete Resurrection Trilogy, including, Vivienne Again and Deal Travis In.

You can check them both out below and thank you to our Associate Producer Nick Coleman for his great work on these videos!

Panel: Guesting on Seed&Spark's #FilmCurious chat on 11/25/14

I was kindly invited to be a guest on a Twitter panel hosted by Seed&Spark, the crowd-funding and distribution platform. The topic is 'From Script to Screen: Getting your script made!'

Below are the details, including a link to the other panelists' bios.

I'm definitely the new kid on the block for this topic so it will be interesting to see how this all turns out!

What: #FilmCurious Twitter Chat - topic:  'From Script to Screen: Getting your script made!'
When: Tuesday, November 25th
Time: 11am - 12pm PST/2pm - 3pm EST
Hashtag: #FilmCurious
Hosts: @seedandspark, @emilybest
Click here for more info...

Screening: 'Vivienne Again' at the Big Apple Film Festival

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This Saturday, we're screening "Vivienne Again" at the Big Apple Film Festival! If you're local, please join us for the screening and for celebratory drinks afterward.

Saturday, November 17th, 1:15pm


Tribeca Cinemas
54 Varick Street, New York, NY 10013
Program 22

Tickets on sale now! (be sure to buy tix for "Program 22")

After party: AOA Bar and Grill
35 Avenue of  the Americas, New York, NY 10013

 
And if you haven't seen the trailer yet, check it out!


October & November Screenings of "Vivienne Again"


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The dates, times and locations are now set! "Vivienne Again" will be screening in October & November at the following film festivals:

FilmColumbia Festival (Chatham, NY)
October 19, 2012 - 3:00pm
Venue: Morris Memorial
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Flyway Film Festival (Pepin, WI)
October 19, 2012 – 10:30pm
Venue: Lake Pepin Art & Design Center Gallery
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*I will be in attendance at this screening.

Big Apple Film Festival (New York, NY)
November 17, 2012 – 1:15pm
Venue: Tribeca Cinemas (New York, NY)
BUY TICKETS (Tickets on sale 10/15)
*I will be in attendance at this screening.

"Vivienne Again" is Going to Dragon*Con!

We're all excited about the latest news on "Vivienne Again." The film was just accepted into the Dragon*Con Film Festival and will be screening at the con in Atlanta, GA, over Labor Day weekend. The film festival schedule will be published soon, so please "Like" our film's Facebook page for the latest news on screenings and events.

I'll be attending Dragon*Con with our film's Executive Producer (who is also my hubby!) Matt Garland and we couldn't be more amped for four-days of geeky con goodness. This will definitely be an event where my updates will come mostly in picture-form because, trust me, that will be the best way to share this wild event with you all.

In addition to this great festival news, we just completed the trailer for the film. Thanks so much to Editor Justin Lachance and post-sound house Gift of Sound for crafting this 30-second goodie of a trailer for us. Check it out and let me know what you think in the Comments below!
 

"Vivienne Again": The End is the Beginning

"Vivienne Again," my first short film, is now officially complete! The film, that is, because the work to bring it to an audience is only beginning. I'm very pleased with how it turned out and I'm nervous and excited to see it in a theater with an audience. I'm steeling myself for them to laugh at places I didn't intend to be funny or get restless in moments where I thought I was building tension. Or maybe it'll just go over great. The only way for me to find out is to get out there and screen it. So that's what I'm gearing up to do.

Vivienne Again IMDbI learned a tremendous amount making this short, but many of the lessons are in hindsight and can only be applied to future projects. That's where the next film comes in. And the film after that. And the film after that.

Since this was my first short, there was always the chance I could get to the end and be glad I tried directing, but ultimately found it wasn't for me. I'm astounded by how completely sure I am that the opposite is true. I love adding the directing side to my writing, and how fulfilling it is to take the seed of a story and grow it all the way to a finished film.

I'm ready to turn right around and start again. I'm currently in rewrites on my next short film and hope to announce it soon (I just need to shore up a bit of casting first to be sure I can pull it off).

I'm so grateful to everyone who worked on this short with me and to all of those who gave feedback and encouragement along the way. There simply is no question that I could have done this without everyone of you. I hope the final film will make you proud to have joined in.

It's a wonderful feeling to have the end of a project be the beginning of a career and I look forward to seeing many of you at film festivals very soon!

Cheers to the Writers Who Pitched at Screenwriters World!

(excerpt from on my January 2012 email newsletter) Last month, I volunteered to help run the pitching sessions at the Screenwriters World Conference 2012 in NYC. This was my first pitching event, and if these events are new to you, too, then the following is basically how this one worked.

Over 100 screenwriters came to pitch their work to film & TV execs and talent managers hoping to get a request to send in their script to be read. Since most top production and management companies will only read your work if you are referred to them by a trusted source, a pitching event is a chance to bypass the usual rules and get your ideas directly to those who can help get them produced.

The screenwriters pitched their projects to the reps one after the other, trying to connect with as many reps as they could over a period of four hours. It was without question an endurance challenge for those pitching, for those hearing pitches and even for us volunteers trying to keep it all running smoothly. In the end, I heard stories of varying amounts of success from both sides of the table, but no one I spoke to said their day hadn't been well spent. Hail Mary passes were thrown that day and I hope some of them were caught and new careers were born.

Hats off to everyone who participated in the event, and as a volunteer, I learned a ton about pitching and it was definitely a cool way to spend a Saturday.

(addendum to the newsletter excerpt)

In a nutshell, what I learned about pitching: For those who are planning to pitch someday, the key seemed to be preparation, mostly to achieve a very concise and very clear pitch. More than any other concern, those hearing pitches struggled most with pitches where they couldn't detect the genre and were confused by story and character details. Keep the pitch short and very clear, focusing on your best hook or two, and then be prepared for follow up questions. A strong hook minus any confusing details seems to be a great way to start building your pitch.