2013 is the
So much that it's already three and a half months in. It's nuts.
Following my adventure with signing up with ADA Management, getting my shit together online, and reporting about the wonderful world of the Viscera Organization
, 2012 was wrapped up with a perfect red bow by submitting an application for the Directing for Women Workshop
at the American Film Institute on New Years Eve, coupled with a small fire, a dog (Lulu), and some friendly neighborhood fireworks in New Mexico. Since then, I've crossed the country into international territory and back again, worked on a brilliant film with beautiful people, navigated subways, met several people I should have met long ago, and started business relationships that just might leave a mark long after I exist.
One can only hope, right?
I ended 2012 in a frenzy. I was robbed. My car died in a desert flood. I was told my dog has cancer. I was kicked in the face (symbolically) yet had so many wonderful people on my side to lean on. I got up, brushed the dirt off, and went to the border to buy a car. I found her (penned "Abigail") with the very first dealership I approached, but tested the waters for several days until I was satisfied. I negotiated everything and dealt with a constant onslaught of used car dealers who hated their lives, or hated me, or sloppily tried to make a move, or just wanted to make a fucking sale and forget about it all when they went home at night. It took me a few very trying days and I even had to flee a dealership when the manager recognized me from a film I starred in, which created an onslaught of dealers looking at me, whispering, and pointing. I left, clumsily dropping shit on the way out, all the way through the parking lot. It reminded me of when people generally get mesmerized when they see an accident: they just stare and point. I drove away as quickly as I could.
|Gila Hot Springs-I cannot wait to get back this place.|
Shortly after, I headed up to a metal show in Albuquerque, NM and saw a really good Portland-based band called Atriarch
and followed up with a lovely visit to the Gila Hot Springs
. It was beautiful and soooooo cold. Swinging through Silver City, NM, I spent a couple extra days with friends before heading to San Diego in early December, hauling a trailer with my new ride and wonderful company. The next night I landed back in LA and started the process of cleaning my place, which was trashed from the robbery. Three days later, the cleaning and dog-proofing was done.
In the span of less than 2 weeks I ran to meetings. I took up boxing again. I worked with Jim Kunz
on editing my actors reel (to be released shortly!). I caught up on work and meetings, attending the End of the World Fundraiser at Jumpcut Cafe
for the Etheria Film Festival
. Hit the dollar sale with Lia Scott Price
. Ted McCarthy
and I even had a double feature night of A Serbian Film and Human Centipede 2.
|Lia Scott Price and I at the End of the World fundraiser! Miss you girl!|
On Christmas Day, I packed Abigail and Lulu and headed from LA to San Diego to spend the evening with family and hung out with Miguel Rodriguez
, wherein we had lunch and watched "Django: Unchained", which was freakin' awesome! Really well done. I left the next morning, headed for New Mexico, crashing at Chelsea Clark
's (a fellow post-Alamogordian) place on the border and landed in Carlsbad the next day.
|On the road with Lulu, riding a giant lizard.|
After bringing in the New Year, I traveled to a flight in El Paso, headed for Montreal, Quebec. However the flight was canceled due to sudden snow on the border, so I caught another. We loaded on the plane, then we had to de-plane, then re-board. What was going to be a 15-16 hour travel day turned into 30 hours of wandering through airports, sleeping on dirty floors, going through customs, and having 4 flights all over the country. I came off the plane in Montreal looking and feeling like a crazy person, into the arms of filmmaker Maude Michaud
. After some fantastic coffee, sushi, raw food, and rehearsals, we commenced with shooting DYS-
, Maude's debut feature film.
|With Alex Goldrich, a fantastic Montreal-based actor.|
I played Eva, an ex-model who is in a tumultuous relationship with her husband, Sam. We shot in a beautiful condo on the edge of the historical district. It was an emotional rollercoaster and we had the best catering I've ever experienced on set, provided by Maude's lovely parents. The FX artist, Sebastian Monpetit
, even brought gluten free cupcakes (YES!) from a local bakery and friend one day. Seeing Maude so ecstatic in her creative process was uplifting and fueled me even more so. The cast and crew were all so amazing, and so nice
. I freakin' love Canadians. We had the most awesome pre-wrap party ever, with a drink at Fouf's, ("electric butt" or "pussy", depending on where you are from), all-you-can-eat sushi, and a 3 hour dance party at a bar called Baracca, which had no dance floor. It was an honor to be apart of this production.
|The ones on the right are gluten free! Thank you Seb!|
|Izzy and I at the Green Dragon Tavern.|
Bidding everyone goodbye, I jumped on a greyhound and headed to Boston, hailed a cab, and crashed at Michele Izzy Galgana
's pad (and her husband Steve!). We had a blast, watching movies like "The Sentinel", meeting up with Chris Hallock
to watch "Rosemary's Baby" on the big screen, and visiting the Somerville Theatre
(home of the Etheria Film Festival). We had dinner at the historical Green Dragon Tavern
with Mike Snoonian
and he filled me up with even more gluten free cupcakes, hot toddy's, and guacamole. I even got to visit with some family before jumping on another greyhound to NYC. Perfecto!
I arrived at the bus station in Manhattan and promptly saw a fire, paid a homeless man to take me to the right terminal, was followed by a bunch of creepy men, and had the worst tasting coffee I've ever had in my life (and I've had a lot of coffee in my day). I made friends with the greyhound attendees and they helped me get on the right bus and gave me directions to the subway in Brooklyn. I hauled my shit through Brooklyn to Ben and Jane Rose
's place, who kindly let me stay with them and pet their kitties. I ran all over Brooklyn and did meetings with fashion designer Cadi Storm
, starting out with photographer Diane Suarez to do a photo shoot at a funky tequileria in east Manhattan. I discovered the beauty of hop stop (thank you, Ben!) and crashed on Olivia Saperstein
's couch (dude, you rock). I played with 2 black kitties and toured coffee shops to catch up on work in between meetings. It was insanity.
|WIth Cadi Storm before I got completely tanked.|
|Lake Mead, right next to the casino I stayed at.|
As I made my way back to LA, I did a pitstop in Texas. I grabbed Lulu and said goodbye to my Mother in New Mexico, who is going on a HUGE trip on a bicycle
(not a motorcycle) around America. She amazing, and slightly insane. It's been a huge dream of hers since she was a pre-teen, and now she's doing it
I drove to Boulder City for the Dam Short Film Festival, to present a showcase of Viscera films the fest was screening, as well as co-host the awards ceremony. I had been living out of a small suitcase for over a month by then, so I had to be creative when it came to getting a decent outfit put together that wasn't leggings and hoodies. I had a blast-stayed in a casino not too far away right next to Hoover Dam and Lake Mead.
|Lee and I on stage at the Dam Short Film Festival.|
Thank you Lee Lanier and John LaBonney for including horror films by women in the lineup!
In mid February, I finally made it back to mi casa in LA and within 24 hours filmmaker Lori Bowen
flew in for pre-production on I AM MONSTER
, a short film I co-directed with her as part of a series titled "FLESH: tales of sexual horror". Lori and I drove all over LA, putting over 1000 miles on my car and dealt with costume emergencies, location issues, and made sure to get all the right elements into place. IAM turned out a-mazing. We had a very small crew who kicked ass and really came through for us. We couldn't be happier, really. The footage looks amazing, thanks to Jim Kunz and Brian Davis. Sandra Buckshot
did the FX and Bill Corpse
constructed the props. We also had several talented actors on board, including Jeff Dylan Graham
, Adam Cardon, and Katie Royer. Chuck Norfolk
and Courtney Sandifer
flew in from Texas and completely rocked it. Victoria Cadwallader flew in fron New Mexico and helped us do continuity for a couple days, despite practically being on a death bed. Veronica Rodarte did hair/makeup. John McNamara did sound and we bonded over sprouting seeds. Amanda Lauren Duchow
took our set photos (thank you!). Holy crap. It was awesome.
Several producers came on board to make the film happen: Nick Nicholson, Frederick Rushford, Chuck Norfolk, Mike Merryman, Miguel Rodriguez, Michael Colburn, and Joe Lopez. We really can't thank you enough!
To top it all off, we shot in a real
morgue. The most beautiful green morgue we could have hoped for, which is located at Linda Vista Hospital. LV is being torn down this August. We are lucky ducks.
|Jeff Dylan Graham as Paul.|
|Katie Royer as Jane Doe.|
|The most beautiful and high maintenance camera ever.|
|Shannon Lark as Vivienne.|
|Adam Cardon and I.|
Directly after shooting, we launched into editing mode. Lori was a machine. We currently have a rough cut of the film and we are SO excited to finish post and submit this to film festivals. To find out about the film, go here to the I AM MONSTER facebook page
To top it all off, the day before we commenced with production for IAM, I went to an interview at the American Film Institute for the Directing Workshop for Women application I submitted on New Years. I had made it to the 2nd stage of judging, and I hadn't been that nervous in a long time! To be one of AFI's alumni would be a total honor. My fingers and toes are crossed.
|I snapped this at the AFI campus. Beautiful!|
Meanwhile, I've been writing interactive fiction, working on a feature length screenplay, and working with the Viscera Organization
. Women in Horror Month
2013 rocked it this year with over 50 Ambassadors domestically and internationally who participated, filling out and following WiHM's seal approval guidelines, educating the public through events, PSA's, and online participation while professionally assisting women behind the lens, canvas, and pen in the horror genre. Wow.
For interview wrap up, we have Viscera's former Marketing Director Michele Izzy Galgana's interview with me
for the Viscera Organization for Diabolique Magazine. The official in-print article (not interview) is available in Diabolique Magazine #13. I did an interview with Jed Bundy
about my work as a filmmaker and the separation between the non-profit and what I do cinematically, as well as a fun little interview with popcorn horror
for Women in Horror Month. Horrortalk also released an interview I did
with Karin Crighton that featured dance parties, the organization, and how freakin' bad ass equality would be in the film industry.
|I know it's backwards. It's the bizarro version.;)|