Happy New Year! 2013 was a milestone year for me on a personal and professional level, and I couldn’t be more excited for 2014. It started with working with the incredible french director Bertrand Tavanier on Quai D'Orsay, a trip to China that led me to a meditation retreat / water fast which led me eventually to a road trip down to Los Angeles, this time for good. LA has brought many new friends and reunions with old ones. No Ordinary Hero was my first feature film in LA and one of my favorite films I’ve been on so far.
Creatively, we wrapped up Khaled Dajani’s animated music video “Mad World” with my dear friend Nolan James, directed the pilot and a few episodes of a new webseries called Seeking and was able to work in Chicago with metal band, Dope. I was also lucky enough to reunite with old NYU friends who are currently studying at the prestigious American Film Institute. I production managed and coordinated a few shorts and have met truly talented producers and directors along the way. I recently wrapped A Daughter of These Hills (producer Michael Steiner) and Fearless (producer dawn deVoe) and although they both kicked my ass, it was a wonderful experience.
One of my first major accomplishments in 2014 already was submitting to AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women. I did not get in last year and eagerly reapplied with a new script, new letters of recommendations and new director’s reel. I’ve grown significantly as a writer and filmmaker this year, and I think it truly shows in this year’s application. Crossing fingers for this potential experience! Enjoy the reel and send good vibes!