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!
The next few days mark the entry of “Waiting for You” into the North American film festival circuit (it was part of the Cannes shorts corner just recently). It’s an unusual film for a number of reasons. One thing I’ve been thinking about recently is its central relationship: father and daughter. Especially with Father’s Day coming in June, it occured to me that we don’t commonly observe this relationship in the cinema, at least in the United States. Actually, that’s one of things that initially attracted me to this project. If this subject matter feels meaningful to you for any reason, do consider following the journey of this tender and poetic short film. And if you are in Los Angeles and can make it this Monday at 5pm, do come on by to the acclaimed and “defiantly independent” Dances with Films festival for the showing of “Waiting for You” and five other noteworthy films.
Yesterday was the screening of “Midnight Dinner,” a dark stylish solo piece that observes a woman of extreme lonliness and dubious courage. I had such a blast filming it. Here are some photos from the experience!
It’s a big week, shooting a dark and stylish solo narrative film that explores the themes of extreme lonliness and surrender (more on that later!), as well as the “Game of Scones” screening in few days.
But I am especially happy to announce the entrance of “Waiting for You” into the world. It was a labor of love for all involved, and a truly exquisite experience. I could say more about the “fated” elements involved, but for now, please check out the trailer of this poetic and tender film.
Reflecting on the year biz-wise so far, I have three projects in various states of completion: one is in post-production, one will be screened next month, and one is in pre-production.
As excited as I am to be a part of them all, these in betweeny moments can feel unsettling. I realize that this restlessness is something I share about a lot–and I know I’ve posted this sketch before. I drew it a few years back, and it almost feels prophetic (I imagine it will continue to be relevant….those in-between-spaces are much of the fabric of life, yes?).
Looking at the image now, though, the cool thing is that can see progress: there have been undeniable strides, but since I am still, em, alive, there now are all these new unknown spaces to befriend and many more courageous steps to be taken. One at time, I tell myself. Hush and flow. All is a blessing.
I wish you all a glorious spring, with steps that make your spirits soar.