Ooooh, this is a late entry for September, but here goes. I had a little fender bender at the start of the month; thank goodness it was no big deal, but it’s been taking a while to sort out completely. It’s part of the cost of living in a driving culture like LA….quality problems, as they say.
My next acting project is a smart and bittersweet comedy about a late bloomer’s trials and tribulations. No, I’m not the late bloomer (though maybe I could be, haha). I play her wise and loving mom, Janine. There is so much delicious stuff about this project, which begins filming shortly. I’ll be sharing more fully prontissimo!
Lastly, I finally started Instagram. It’s been on my mind for a while, but I’ve been resistant for one reason or another. But yesterday I was chatting to my youngest brother Jon, and something in our conversation put me over the top. We’ve always been big supporters of each other, and there was something about his encouraging me to “embrace social media” that somehow registered. He’s never said that to me before, and even if he had, I don’t know how ready I would have been to take it in. I’ve had a thousand good reasons for keeping some distance from it, but I now realize that there might be 1001 to lean into it just a little more. At least for now.
So that’s what’s up. And I’m sharing my first post below, which has some more juicy details about the project I mentioned earlier. View at your own peril, and do follow if that’s something you’re into.
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.
I’m thrilled it’s 2016. I remember as a child wondering what it would be like to live in the two thousands….it was hard to even conceptualize at the time, and sometimes it still is.
Well, we made it. We’re here. And in this bizarre beautiful world, there are countless chances to wake up. To begin again. To affirm that this life is good, no matter the perceived obstacles. No matter the madness. It’s all a massive gift.
So let’s do this!
“Waiting for You” will be screening again this Saturday at the Whitefire Theater in Los Angeles as part of the California Women’s Film Festival. If you’re in town and free, come by!
I hope you are enjoying the summer. Here in Los Angeles the weather has been uncharacteristically humid and even rainy at moments. This is a good thing for the soil and it makes for soothing naps as well!
The Topanga Film Festival is coming up at the end of this month and it’s a super-interesting one. This year’s theme is Technology at Play. There will be aerial silk performances, wildlife shorts, belly-dancing and more. “Waiting for You” will be screening on Saturday August 1st in the international short film showcase. More info is here. The entire Topanga Film Institute website is rather magical, so check it out.
And of course, if you are in the Los Angeles area, come on by!