"Regret" is almost finished!

we are HOURS away from locking picture, as the lovely and talented Kimaree Long balances final edits, tech challenges (damn you Avid!), post-production supervisor duties, and of course the ever demanding demands of motherhood (of a teen, no less). Like many of the female filmmakers on this project, she is a Superwoman.

Next up, Eric Laws takes on composing our score, Bradley Greer at Kyotocolor will do our color, and then we will hit the festival circuit!

You can follow this blog, of course, for updates. We also have a tumblr where we are posting pics from set and post, and more details!

WHERE HAVE I BEEN!?

I know, it has been so long since an update! And all I can say is that I have been VERY busy. Work and more work, and fitting in indie projects around day jobs. I consider myself a very lucky person that I can work in a field I love and enjoy, so that even the “day job” doesn’t feel like a grind.

Regret” is moving through editorial! A rough cut has been finished, and the past two weeks have been spent on pick up shoots. Yesterday, Sunday, March 24, we filmed an additional scene to add to the film — which means I’m happy to welcome the talented Mustafa Harris to the cast!

The festival run has finished for the three films I’ve had on that circuit for the past year or so. “Ripe Figs” and “Dr. Chevalier’s Lie” will be moving into online distribution soon, most likely through a streaming platform, while “Getting In” will be posted on my personal website (here, in case that confused you). In fact, "NOPD:COVEN” has been renamed HANLEY & BORDEAUX and additional episodes are on the drawing board.

This past weekend I had the privilege of teaching a production audio workshop at NOVAC, an excellent resource center for independent filmmakers in New Orleans. Besides education and training opportunities, NOVAC also helps independent filmmakers access the tools, networks, and professional support to make their projects.

In the coming weeks, I will be collaborating with other New Orleans independent artists on a few projects, and can’t wait to share them.

A Grissom Double Feature! (Local Screening!)

OK, maybe that heading is a little grandiose — but I’m very excited! DTC Film Festival is a local festival started last year by local Louisiana filmmakers, and it really focuses on the things that make a festival special: opportunities to see independent work of all kinds while also bringing filmmakers together to encourage, inspire, and support each other.

DTC will be screening to of my projects: “Dr. Chevalier’s Lie,” which I wrote and produced as part of the Ripe Figs, LLC team that adapts the short stories of Kate Chopin (a Louisiana writer from the 1880’s and 90’s) to film, as well as “Getting In,” the first of a web series which I wrote and directed.

Both are screening on Saturday, Feb 9, at 6 pm in a block of short films. The DTC Film Festival is in Covington, LA, a short drive from New Orleans. Get tickets here.

Another chance for NOLA to see "Getting In!"

As my current projects are all in various phases of post or prep, it may be a while before you see another festival announcement on this page. So I’m delighted that I get to celebrate with a local festival, because “Getting In” was a community effort, for sure. There are plans for more episodes in 2019, and you know me, the show gets much darker as it goes on. But this light-hearted first installment was a lot of fun to make, and a lot of fun to watch, so we hope you can make it out:

Feb 9, 2019
6:00 pm

DTC Film Festival
Southern Hotel
428 E Boston St
Covington, LA

Come early to see other great films (the festival kicks Saturday off with king cake, mimosas, and conversation at 11!

Finishing up our Festival Run with a wonderful local film festival!

As the festival season ends of “Dr. Chevalier’s Lie,” I am delighted to say that we will be finishing up with a local screening that the production team has a chance to attend. It took so much work to make this film, which is on-traditional and edgy and made more than a few people mad, and frankly we are proud of all of that.

We are screening as part of the line-up for the DTC Film Festival, a delightful festival on the North Shore of Lake Pontchartrain, founded by local filmmakers. Come see our defiant little film at 6:00 PM, along with several other beautiful short films.

"Getting In" and "Ripe Figs" both screen this week at the SSIFFF!

Kicking off the New Year with a film festival in Biloxi Mississippi! Roulette tables, here we come!

The Southern States Indie FanFilmFest is held at the Palace Casino Resort, and runs Jan 2-4, 3019. Both films screen on Thursday, Jan 3!

Getting In” 11:00 am
Ripe Figs” 1:15 pm

“Getting In” is nominated for Best Web Series and Best Director, Web Series

“Ripe Figs” is nominated for Best Director, Southern States Short; Best Lead Actress, Southern States Short; Best Cinematography, Southern States Short; Best Original Soundtrack, Southern States Short

We hope to see you there!

"Ripe Figs" takes home 2 awards from the Black Film Festival of New Orleans!

We are ever so proud of our nominations at the Black Film Festival of New Orleans: “Ripe Figs” was nominated in three categories: Best New Orleans Short Film, Best Music/Sound Design, and Best Cinematography. The line up at the first Black Film Festival of New Orleans was impressive, and we are honored to have our two companion pieces, “Ripe Figs” and “Dr. Chevalier’s Lie” included and screening back to back. We are especially proud of our two talented team members: Patrick McGinley, for his Best Cinematography win, and Eric Laws, for his Best Music win.

Congrats to everyone! It was a beautiful festival, and we can’t wait to attend again in 2019!

"Ripe Figs" AND "Dr. Chevalier's Lie" to screen in New Orleans!

As we wrap up our festival run, we are delighted to be able to screen these companion pieces together at one festival at home - “Ripe Figs” and “Dr. Chevalier’s Lie” are true Louisiana pieces. We were a local cast and crew, we were blessed with historic locations, and our inspiration, Kate Chopin, a famous, groundbreaking Louisiana author.

The Black Film Festival of New Orleans runs Dec 19-23, and specific times and venues will be announced soon! Congrats to everyone!

***Important Edit - We are thrilled to learn that the Black Film Festival of New Orleans, recognizing the significance of the overall project, is screening these films back to back, as they were intended as companion pieces.***

"Ripe Figs" nominated for awards at SSIFFF 2018!

Not only is “Ripe Figs” screening in January at the Southern States Indie FanFilmFest, but it has been nominated for multiple awards! Congrats EVERYONE!

Best Director, Southern States Short: Artemis Preeshl
Best Lead Actress, Southern States Short: Keota Picou
Best Cinematography, Southern States Short: Patrick McGinley
Best Original Soundtrack, Southern States Short: Eric Laws

"Regret"

It has been a week since we wrapped Regret, and already that seems like a lifetime ago. We reached our goal on our Seed & Spark campaign, raising $12,001, and received multiple additional donations and discounts from local businesses for gear, supplies, and services.

“Regret” was the fourth adaptation of a Kate Chopin story that Ripe Figs, LLC has done, and while I have been privileged to write the screenplays for each of them, I was especially thrilled to be directing this one. Of course, when we began day 1 by shooting the biggest scene in the script - a 6 1/2 page scene with 8 speaking characters, 4 of whom are minors (and 2 of those 8 years old) - I had to remind myself that I had made those challenges for myself! But I was supported by some of the best indie filmmakers in New Orleans, some of them taking a few days away from their studio gigs (and studio paychecks) to help out.

Shooting in November means 10 hours of daylight - if you’re lucky enough to have clear skies. Minors work shorter days. Setting your story in rural Louisiana means crew and cast have to drive an hour to set. We shot the Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (a half-day, at least) before Thanksgiving, and then I and my cinematographer got out on Friday and shot B-roll. We shot all 27 pages of our script, and didn’t drop a thing, and that is totally due to the dedication of every cast and crew member. Everyone did more than one job, and they did it with a passion for filmmaking.

We still have a long way to go to finish this project: editing, music, color and post-audio. We hope to start submitting to festivals around the time we end “Ripe Figs” and “Dr. Chevalier’s Lie” ‘s festival runs in January. I’ll be posting more about “Regret” - thoughts on adapting Chopin’s work to screenplay, missives on the amazing locations we found, all hidden jewels people should know about for other reasons, working with children - but for now I just wanted to say how grateful I am to have been given this chance to write and direct this short film, and for the people who worked on it with me.

"There's More To Life Than Work!"

Everyone has one of those projects you just can’t give up on. Dominion Street is one of those for me, and I’ve been working on it with my writing partner Sara Eliot on and off over the past six years. First we conceived a 30 minute comedy, then we decided to write and produce a short web series “sizzle” episode, which was well-received, and then we re-vamped the concept and wrote a one-hour pilot in 2016 (and was a Quarter Finalist in Screencraft’s pilot launch competition). Since then we revised it, and decided to send it out, and lo and behold, it is a finalist at the La Femme International Film Festival, which takes place in Beverly Hills, CA, Oct 11-14, 2018.

“There’s More to Life Than Work” is about a dominatrix who is at a crossroads professionally and personally, trying to balance the demands of her work with the needs of her dysfunctional family, while also maintaining her sense of self in a world full of double standards.

"Getting In" moves on to the Portland Comedy Film Festival!

A passion project of mine, of which there will be more installments soon, is starting to pick up a little steam! The pilot short, which premiered this past summer at Dances With Films, will be screening at the Portland Comedy Film Festival, November 9-10, 2018.

Starring Audrey Wagner, Doug Wilcox, co-starring Todd Voltz, Casey Haeg, Keota Picou, and Rosha Washington, “Getting In” was shot with just a few committed actors and a small crew. It was the kind of project made in true indie spirit, with the support of the fellow indie filmmakers. I can’t wait to make more.