Filmed role opposite James Franco

At the end of March, I had the good fortune to book a supporting role in the short film 'A Dry September,' based on the William Faulkner short story of the same name. I played the battered wife of the main character, whose appearance at the end of the film provides a moral twist in this 1930s race drama set in Mississippi. The main character, McLendon, was played by James Franco, and we shot our scene together in the wee hours of the morning up at Big Sky Movie Ranch in Simi Valley. It was a great experience, especially working with the director, Arkesh Ajay, and with the wonderful crew. 

Filmed role in Heather Graham's directing debut "Half Magic"

I was so lucky to work with an amazing cast and crew this summer including Heather Graham and Pedro Gomez Millan on the hilarious comedy "Half Magic." And for the first time ever, I was a blonde. Why, you ask? Well, I was playing the actress who was playing Heather's character in the movie within the movie that Heather herself was directing. Is that meta enough for you?

i have a confession to make...

On April 4th, I performed in "To Whom It May Concern," a live monthly show produced by the hilarious Jayne Entwistle where folks read their letters on stage: real letters they’ve written, letters they’ve received, improvised letters based on audience suggestions and letters we wish we could write.

I read a letter I wrote to a fellow driver who taught me a thing or two about road rage.

Too bad I don't have his address. 

The podcast is coming soon! In the meantime, check out the show here: 

http://readyourletter.com/?p=609

 

 

april 15 is equal pay day

Equal Pay Day marks the point in the year that it would take a women, in a similar job to a man, to make the same amount of money that he does. I produced and directed a PSA to raise awareness of the wage gap. 

Despite passage of the Equal Pay Act of 1963, which requires that men and women in the same work place be given equal pay for equal work, the “gender gap” in pay persists. Full-time women workers’ earnings are only about 77 percent of their male counterparts’ earnings. The pay gap is even greater for African-American and Latina women, with African-American women earning 64 cents and Latina women earning 56 cents for every dollar earned by a Caucasian man. Decades of research shows that no matter how you evaluate the data, there remains a pay gap — even after factoring in the kind of work people do, or qualifications such as education and experience — and there is good evidence that discrimination contributes to the persistent pay disparity between men and women. In other words, pay discrimination is a real and persistent problem that continues to shortchange American women and their families.
— https://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/equal-pay

We approached the issue with a good sense of humor and imagined a future where women and men are paid equally, but mindsets still haven't changed. Uh oh.

The PSA also stars Cameron J. Oro, Heather Gordon, Jason Beaubien, Faith Imafidon, and Megan Brotherton, all fantastic actors and all fellow ART/Harvard graduates!