My favorite sport

Go team, Red Hat!
In the zone and led by our fearless director, Chuning Wang.

Happy fall, dear readers!

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!

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Hello and yikes! I can’t believe we’re on the verge of June. So far this year feels like one of those picture flip books that you thumb through and the moving images pass by so quickly, it leaves you with a sweet ache. Ah……

In acting news, a film I worked on is making the festival rounds with great success. Congrats, Happy Hunting! And of course, it’s so great that Colony was renewed for a third season. Well-deserved and it’s going to be very interesting to see how the story unfolds.

Otherwise, earlier in the year I acted in a couple of short films with some wonderful actors and promising young AFI directors. I also made a representation change and now have a new commercial agent, which has been super cool. It’s been so fun going out on those auditions.

And finally, most recently, I’ve been singing again. It feels good, and I hope to post more about that in the near future.

I hope this finds you well. I truly appreciate your interest and support and I hope your May has been flowering the most dazzling blooms…

xo

Dalit

 

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On my mark + having a blast as Merla Perkins in Shu Zhu’s “American Freak.”
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Blooms!

In the Garden: Colony

What a joy it was co-starring on Colony’s Season 2, Episode 10: “The Garden of Beasts.” This show is so good, and this episode was killer. If you like television dramas that make your heart race + your heart break, you need to watch this. I’m so blessed I got to play with these passionate folks and be a part of this fierce and nuanced world. Thank you, #Colony!

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W/ Amanda Righetti (aka Maddie) + Adrian Pasdar Photo by Isabella Vosmikova

Side by Side

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With Adrian Pasdar after filming on that overcast October morning 

Fresh Year, Fresh Moment

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’ll be back for more soon.

Peace,

Dalit

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Fall Showings

Hello and happy fall! Recent films making their way around the world… “Waiting for You” screened in Berlin last week, and the feature Happy Hunting premiered at Los Angeles’s Screamfest the week before. In that one I played Melissa, the mysterious sister of the lead, played by Martin Dingle Wall. Alas, the sis role didn’t make the final cut, but so it goes.

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Enjoy these crispy days….

xDalit

Here is the love

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Here are some stills from “A Song of Consolation,” a tender USC short I recently had the pleasure of working on.

The story is about an unlikely connection between two loners who share a love of music. You can view the entire film here. Enjoy!

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Bizarre & Beautiful

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!

Yasss

P.S.

“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!

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Rustling Fall

This fall is really rustling. Whew! Just finished 4 days on an AFI short—see below.

Also, a premiere of an AFI thesis I’m in plus a screening and nomination for “Waiting for You” happening on the same evening next week.

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Happy fall, all!

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the pleasure and the pain

Just filmed an emotional scene in a fierce indie feature.

Am sworn to secrecy at the moment but will share the deets as soon as I can.

For now, here’s a post-filming selfie from the day.

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May all beings be free and happy.

xDalit