Tag Archives: film

Screen Time!

Masquerade Premiere

With Writer/Director Andrew Hawkins and costar Max Lawrence (photo: Ryan Maxwell)

A short film I’m in Masquerade: A Story of the Old South was accepted into the DC International Film Festival.  Incidentally this screening was also our world premiere so most of the people who worked on the film travelled to be there.  Shooting that film was the kind of experience so special and singular it bonds everyone involved so it was wonderful to reunite to celebrate and be celebrated for our efforts.

Last month I was lucky enough to book a guest star on Bull on CBS.  I’ve had enough time on camera now to be able to relax and have fun on shoot days so it was a really fun few days of shooting.  Their set is filled with people so skillful, friendly and efficient it was a real pleasure to be a part of their ranks.  The episode I’m appearing on is titled “Free Fall” and airs Tuesday March 7th at 9PM (EST) on CBS.  I’ve got another little network something coming up soon so stay tuned…much is in the works!

Advertisements
Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

The Next Chapter…

A few months ago I self taped for the American Black Film Festival’s Star Project that’s sponsored by NBC.  From over 2,000 submissions I was selected to be one of three female finalists!  So I got another opportunity to go to 30 Rock and meet more NBC casting folks.  I also got to do a table read for TV One with Malinda Williams, Essence Atkins, Dennis L. A. White, Aisha Hinds, A. Russell Anderson, Keith Robinson, Thomas Q. Jones and the other finalists.  We were also free to attend a lot of great panel discussions, film premieres and parties.  At the end of the weekend I didn’t win the prize of a walk on role on One Life To Live, but left with amazing new contacts and friends.  I’m so happy to have participated and been acknowledged among so many great creatives.

This week I booked a co-star on Amazon’s Red Oaks.  I’ve spent so much of the last year focusing on cracking the juggernaut that is television that it feels awesome to finally be reaping the benefits of that.  Which brings me to my next piece of news…

Today I walked into the SAG AFTRA office and became their newest member!  I’m so pleased I’ve reached this milestone in my career and am eager to put that card into serious use.

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , ,

New Year New Work!

2015 has been great so far!  The first week of the year I shot a beautiful short film Masquerade with my new friend and collaborator Andrew Hawkins.  It’s a period film about William and Ellen Craft who escaped slavery by posing as a white invalid and his slave.  It’s an equally fascinating and unnerving true story that I’m honored to have a part in telling.  The crew of people that came together for this were talented hardworking problem solvers.  I am so grateful for all their efforts. Our fearless cinematographer Thomas Garrett brought a drone!  So cool and surreal to see (especially against an 1848 backdrop!).  I’m so excited to see how the shot turns out…

The rest of January through March I was busy running around for pilot season.  Which basically means a lot of makeup and memorizing. I’m kidding–it’s great exercise!  And I’m so pleased there’s so much more work available and feel lucky to have been considered for so many large parts.

Also, I just booked another short film called Dizzy With That Dame.  It’s another period film–this time the 30s–and it’s a “whodunnit!”  Check out the kickstarter page here to see a short promo video featuring yours truly.

Up next is the world premiere of Cynthia Robinson’s Dancing on Eggshells.  It’s being produced by The Billie Holiday Theater but we’re in residence at The Brooklyn Music School Playhouse in Fort Greene.  More recently I’ve been focused on writing and pursuing on camera work, but doing a play will always feel like home.  Nothing can match that feeling of “we’re all here in a room together and anything could happen” so I’m over the moon about starting rehearsal next week.  The play has a lot of heart and danger and it should be interesting to see where we go with it.  It runs from April 23rd to May 17th (Thursdays through Sundays) and you can buy tickets here.

Tagged , , , , , , , , ,

Ying and Yang Update

Early this year I shot Ying and Yang, a short film that was written and conceived of by my good friend and colleague Devere Rogers.  He is wonderfully talented and charismatic and rounded up a great bunch of folks to help him bring his vision to life.  Since its premiere, it’s screened at Brooklyn Shorts (where it won the Audience Choice Award), San Fransisco Black Film Festival, BlackStar Film Festival, Breckenridge Film Festival, Hollywood Black Film Festival, Raindance Film Festival, Urban Mediamakers (where we won Best Short) and New Brooklyn Theater Film Night.  Soon it’ll be shown at the International Black Film Festival of Nashville, New Filmmakers in New York, and Columbus International Festival of Film and Video (more on that soon).  I’m so happy the film’s enjoying a life on the short film festival circuit and am eager to see what happens next!

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Juicy and Delicious!

1_IMG_0089I’m doing a reading this week of Juicy and Delicious— the play that the film Beasts of the Southern Wild is based on.  I met Lucy Alibar last year when I was at the Vineyard Arts Project.  She’s a warm force of a woman whose work embodies that same magic kind of energy.  I’m so excited to explore her work along with a strange, wonderful and sickly talented group of friends and artists.  The reading is Thursday night at 7 at The Canter Center, 36 East 8th Street.  It’s a free event and a part of the Fusion Festival.  For more info feel free to click here http://www.fusionfilmfestival.com/schedule/    Hope to see you there!

Tagged , , , ,

Short Film Screening

Image

I was recently cast in a short film by Shana Darabie called Reunion.  It’s about 2 people who have a (surprise) reunion of sorts.  We shot it last week in Brooklyn and Manhattan.  It was a relaxed informal shoot with a small dedicated crew.  We had a lot of fun together and I’m excited to see our work at its premiere at SVA on the 14th.  For more info on Shana check her out on Vimeo:  http://vimeo.com/user13184454/videos

Tagged , , ,

Right Now…

I’m very excited to share that the feature I shot with Roberto Faenza in 2010 titled Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You was finally released in the US.  It played for a limited run at Village East Cinema earlier this month. It’s a tender coming of age story with a stellar cast (ie: Deborah Ann Woll, Lucy Liu, Ellen Burstyn, Marcia Gay Harden, etc.).  Seeing myself onscreen was surreal and exciting and sobering and all kinds of things I did and didn’t expect.  All in all though I felt a real sense of pride and accomplishment to have helped bring the story to life with such an impressive group of people.  Feel free to click the link below for more information.

http://www.villageeastcinema.com/angelika_film.asp?hID=166&ID=948346f.4v685404m0z149oby.23

And guess what?  Ready to smile?

I’m in an opera y’all! It’s the world premiere of Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 and it’s based on part of Tolstoy’s War and Peace. I know that might sound somewhat inaccessible, but I promise you it’s an exciting night of theater filled with delightful music.  The audience is transported to another time and place altogether upon entering the theater; Ars Nova has transformed their space into a Russian supper club complete with complementary vodka and pirogies!  The action takes place all around you as the performers and band are spread out around the space– so your auditory experience changes based on where you sit.  Musically, it’s the most ambitious undertaking I’ve ever been a part of.  Also, singing with live instruments is a divine pleasure that every human being should experience!  We’ve had a wonderful time creating the world that is this play together and I am very proud to share it.

The response from critics and audiences alike has been so amazing that our show sold out only a few days after opening!  So we’re extending a week!  Tickets go onsale midday on 10/24.  If you’re interested in coming please click the link below.

http://arsnovanyc.com/great-comet

Also, if you want to have a look at the cast, here’s a silly little video they made while we shot press photos at the Russian Tea Room:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_xazCUw-IU

Finally, if you were unable to catch me in Tender Napalm at 59E59 last month please take a moment to read the generous review Ben Brantley gave us in the New York Times by visiting the press page or by clicking the link below.

http://theater.nytimes.com/2012/08/30/theater/reviews/tender-napalm-by-philip-ridley-at-59e59-theaters.html?_r=0

Thanks for your support!

Tagged , , , , , , , , ,

Currently…

A few months ago I was given another opportunity to work with David Adjmi– this time on Marie Antoinette for Yale Repertory Theater– which was (as usual) a real treat.  Rachel Taichman directed David’s delightfully irreverent and emotionally raw script with humor and grace.  It was a joy to work alongside Marin Ireland’s earnest and volatile portrait of Marie Antoinette.  Marin’s the real deal.  Her choices were exciting and inspiring–such a gift.

At the beginning of the summer I booked and shot a short film titled The Pressure with Astrolab Films.  It’s a psychic thriller that’ll be released later this month.  It’s my first sci-fi film and I hope it’s not my last, as I am (in general) attracted to scripts that stretch boundaries and the genre pretty much demands that.  This also basically means that you get to do stuff that looks really cool and that you would otherwise never have the opportunity or ability to do.  I was struck more than once by the fact that I was spending long hours with a creative and focused group of adults in a sweaty warehouse way out in Brooklyn playing dressup and pretend amongst buckets of fake blood.  I love my job!  For more information about the project feel free to checkout the Kickstarter campaign link below (there are two teaser videos):
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thepressure/the-pressure-a-psychic-terror-thriller

In July I worked on Lauren Whitehead’s stunning, still at the Vineyard Arts Project with Colette Robert, Sheldon Best and Malcolm Madera.  VAP is a wonderful (relatively) new artist development center on Martha’s Vineyard.  The studios are bright, the houses are comfortable and the land is just beautiful.  We spent our days listening to the play and pulling it apart.  We spent our nights cooking family meals, looking at stars, playing games and sharing poetry, songs and whiskey.  It was like an arts-intensive summer camp for adults!  Fertile grounds for creativity.  When Lauren arrived she had six scenes.  By the time we’d given our last performance we’d discovered that she was actually writing a three act musical.  She’s an incredibly brave and instinctual writer with a background in spoken word and so much heart.  stunning, still is Lauren’s first play, so it was a real gift to have the time and space to work on it away from New York and everything else.  The success of this magical place is due in no small part to the amazing team of women who run it.  They are absolute gems and I urge you to click on the link below and take a look at some of the amazing artists they’ve had in residency.
http://www.vineyardartsproject.org/

This month I’ve been busy auditioning for both the big and small screen while rehearsing for the American premiere of Philip Ridley’s Tender Napalm.  It’s about a young couple struggling to stay together while coping in the aftermath of a tragedy.  The play itself is poetic, searing, fantastical, sensual and just so well made.  It has not yet ceased to reveal new parts of itself to me.  I’m excited to invite you to this production where I fight hard, play hard, and fall in love, with the smart and generous Blake Ellis.  With only three weeks to rehearse this two-hander we’ve been lucky to have a wonderfully supportive director and a stellar coterie of coaches, designers, and creatives to help us meet the challenge.  It runs from August 23rd until September 9th and seating is limited.  For more information and/or tickets click the link below.
http://59e59.org/moreinfo.php?showid=88

Many thanks for your support and I hope to see you at the theater!

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,