Did I mention they love me in Japan? LOL. The above is a clip from an article in a Japanese lifestyle blog about Amazake Co., my husband’s start up business which launched last summer. I am the chief advisor (we made that up, but of course I am) and it’s been quite an adventure to say the least. The taste-testing has been beyond fun (it’s a tough job, but somebody’s gotta do it), and it’s pretty cool to see others learn about and enjoy this traditional fermented Japanese sweet drink. Unlike other Amazakes you might find, this one is hand-crafted and non-pasteurized, so it has all those probiotic benefits, too!
In acting news, “Premenstrual Margot” is having its premiere this March at the Women’s Film Festival in Brattleboro, Vermont. This festival is in its 29th year and features films “by and about women for everyone.” I spent some time in Putney and Brattleboro years ago, so I’m stoked the film will debut there. It’s a uniquely beautiful part of the United States, and the festival itself has a fantastic lineup this year, as you can see here. If you’re in the area, do check it out!
That’s it for the moment. Wishing you a great, nourishing year.
Well, yesterday I submitted my nominations for the upcoming SAG Awards. So many remarkable shows and films to watch and reflect on….what a treat it’s been to be on the nominating committee this year!
It’s been an intense few months, between screenings, acting, teaching and helping my husband with a nourishing new venture. More on that to come! I gave my final exam this morning, so I’m ever so gently starting to recalibrate. Hallelujah, for reals.
Here are some images from some of that, in no particular order.
As we come to the end of this year and decade (!), I feel extra aware of this precious life. Everything is so tender, so fleeting. We must be kind: to ourselves and each other…it feels so imperative now.
So here’s to life – to learning and celebrating all of it.
It’s a been a busy one so far, between acting, teaching, and helping my DH with his knee recovery. It’s also been uncharacteristically chilly here in Los Angeles. It hasn’t felt like spring, or at least the spring of my memory…But it’s this year’s spring, so spring it is.
In acting news, the feature I worked on last summer is in its final stages of post-production. Exciting! And the Chapman thesis from last fall had it premiere and hopefully will have an impactful festival run. I also filmed another USC short (second of the year) which should be completed soon. It’s always interesting to do one’s part and let go. There’s not much to be done about these things now. That’s one of the unique things about any collaborative creative process: we do our part, pass the baton, and hope for the best. And no matter what, there are lessons and unexpected surprises that emerge.
The really exciting news is getting a new mattress! Ha ha. But seriously, when it was raining a lot last month the current one (a years-old futon one) was getting so painful to sleep on. Something about the moisture. After years of no issues, my back was starting to revolt. So finally, we took the plunge and ordered an eco-friendly, sustainable, hard “legit mattress” that just arrived. Setting up that bad boy today!
Here’s to a great June. May you up-level what is needed, celebrate your successes (there’s always something, right? ;-), and sleep well when you do.
Last month was the premiere of “Premenstrual Margot” at Chapman’s Folio Theater. It was a great night, reconnecting with cast and crew, watching the other splendid films of the evening, and making new friends. Enjoy some behind the scenes shots in this post!
In other news, it’s been a time of recovery for my DH who had knee surgery nearly two months ago. Neither of us anticipated what this process would take, but finally things seem to be stabilizing. And of course, it’s like the universe knows I’ve been in caretaker mode these last number of weeks, so things have been rather gentle acting-wise. 😉
All of this, and I mean all of this has been fueling a fresh consciousness awakening, a cellular homecoming that feels like everything.
So here’s to divine timing. The waiting in the wings that you are savoring because somewhere inside, you know it means everything. This moment. That moment. The shadows that give way to the light. The bubbling that gives way to stillness. And it’s all a dance. All one big surrender.
ok, now i’m fine
these aren’t my glasses, but now they are and they’re amazing! with Giselle Torres
For me, early March is one of those liminal times — not quite winter anymore, yet not quite spring yet either. I’ve been loving dressing for these in between times — thoughtfully choosing the items that, together, signal this threshold time.
Speaking of cusps, In February I filmed a short that had the craziest coincidences of cusps that I’ve ever been a part of (to my knowledge anyhow). I was born on the Libra – Scorpio cusp, my screen son on the Scorpio – Saggitarius cusp, and my screen husband on the Sagittarius – Capricorn cusp! And not only that, our director was born on the Aires – Taurus cusp!! I love these synchronicities. And, of course, we all got along splendidly.
Enjoys the scenery as it changes!
Make the Call
my cuspy family ~ led by Eris Zhao w/ Stephen R. Peluso & Matthew Odette!
There have been two buds a budding. One is a feature film booking, in which I’ll be playing a major supporting role filming this July. It’s a pychological thriller with a wonderful group of artists…can’t wait to play with them all.
The second is a commercial booking shooting soon. Good times! More on that to come.
I’ve been meaning to write, but I’ve been on the mend this month. Over December, I had the very exciting idea to go skiing in Nagano, Japan, as my husband and I would be seeing family roundabout there for the new year. You guessed it, things went not as it expected (do they ever?) and I returned home with a dislocated elbow. (Yes, OUCH!)
Good thing is I received wonderful care in Japan as well as back here in the U.S., and things are progressing. I have a cool moveable and removable arm brace that I have actually gotten compliments on…who knew?!..and I’m in my second week of physical therapy–total newbie at all this. I’ve been doing lots of public transportation, which I actually enjoy, and, I even acted in my first project of the year last week.
Of course, it’s been surreal at times. I’m grateful for my husband’s help (it happened on my dominant arm) and the help of many others in my life. (Shout out to my ER doc bro who was there for me at 3am his NY time, when we were sorting out the matter of anesthesia during the “reduction” process–fancy term for putting the elbow back where it belongs). I’m also grateful for my other elbow and am in quite a bit of awe about this formerly unrecognized (yet very hard working!) part of my body. Don’t want to take any of this/it for granted. Elbows. They do a body GOOD.
So…happy new year! I hope this finds you able-bodied and most importantly in a space where you can see whatever challenges might be present through a very wide and benevolent lens. I know that’s what I’ve been practicing, Xo.
In other news, the film I did last fall, “Red Hat” will be screening at Warner Brothers tomorrow. Also, I’ve attached some photos from my trip and the recent cinematography project below.
Be safe and enjoy.
vintage fabric and kimono shop
a wonderful respite with my dear niece
cool farm to table spot we found in Tokyo on our last day
There is something about the filmmaking process that breaks my heart open every time..something about the intimacy and yet the total impersonal aspect of it. When it’s going well, there is a pervading egolessness that allows everyone to shine. We are all together, seen and unseen, creating something from nothing. And that something could have resonance beyond our wildest imaginings, or just resonance of that good day, working together, moment to moment.
Also, with the recent World Series, I’m amazed by some of the parallels there are between baseball and filmmaking: the importance of staying in one’s body and in the present moment; related to that, the sheer physicality and focus required in both; also, the notion of going for singles rather than just home runs; and particularly, how in the post-season (which one could equate to actual filming days rather than auditions or any rehearsals we might be lucky enough to have), it’s the little things that count, in general and at bat—ie: making contact over strength. Same when filming. And of course, they’re both games, after all, yes? 😉
I’m curious if you have any other thoughts about this baseball = filmmaking analogy. Feel free to post below!
Happy new year, all! This year promises to have many surprises, and I think most people can feel that in their bones. I wish us strength, clarity and compassion as we travel forward.
Lots of fun stuff happening here. Today marks the “online premiere” (who knew there was such a thing?–lol) of “Waiting for You.” So glad that many of you who wanted to see it in a theater can finally view this simple, touching and transportive little film. It’s 15 minutes and you can view it on Film Shortage, hopefully on a biggish screen if you can!
Also, I have some fresh new photos, shot by the exceptional Mikel Healey. I’ve returned to my bobbed locks after a long hiatus, and it feels very right. Enjoy the shots and do try see the film. As I’ve said elsewhere, if you enjoy cinema that gives you space to breathe and feel, then this film is for you.
It’s nearly fall, and I haven’t posted in quite a while. Here we go!
April was a big month for me; my husband and I were in Japan having our long-awaited Shinto marriage ceremony. We’d wanted to have one back in 2010, but the Tsunami and earthquake intercepted. And so, during spring break we jetted there, and my dear brother even joined us from New York. After the ceremony, we spent an unforgetable time hiking the famous “Nakasendo Trail” — the old trading path merchants used from Kyoto to Tokyo long ago. It was mind-blowing: the land, our lodgings, the food, the history. All of it. And of course the cherry blossoms! (I was lucky to have cherry blossom tea among the other delectable mountain vegetable and sashimi dishes I got to have…).
In other news, the festival journey of “Waiting for You” is nearing it’s end. It recently screened at the Action on Film Festival and will again at Film Fest International – Berlin in October. I’ve always wanted to travel internationally with a project (actually I did in grad school with a co-ed contemporary and traditional Jewish music a cappella group I sang with~ true story…), but to do so with a film holds such an allure to me. I suppose in both cases it is about sharing human feelings and stories through the universal languages of music and film. Pure magic. I think it’s highly unlikely I’ll be able to attend the Berlin screening, but I’m so happy to even ponder the whole thing.
There’s much more to catch you up on (and I will soon), but for now, enjoy the pics below.
I want to add that “Waiting for You” is a distinctly moving and powerful film, best viewed on a big screen if possible. I realize the next screening is overseas and it is unlikely it will be back in the U.S. on a big screen, but hopefully there will be chances for you to view it somehow if you haven’t already. Particulary if you have any experience caring for an elderly parent or relative….you will be moved. I’ll keep you posted.
Thanks for reading, and enjoy the changing of the seasons!