The first 32 years of my life I never thought of becoming a director or a filmmaker in any sense of that word. I really wanted to make it as an actor. Sure, I thought of writing scripts and then became interested in learning how to edit. (Having worked in software and web quality assurance for 15 years, I have a little bit of a geeky and over-analytical mind.) But write, direct, edit and produce my own movies? I didn't think of myself as having all that in me.
While growing up in Arlington, Massachusetts, I studied theatre and acted in several junior high and high school plays. (Though they kept me out of the musicals as I could not sing. I'm completely tone mute.) I then went to Skidmore College, where I poo-poo'd myself from choosing Theatre as a major and instead chose History, something I'm happy I did because it allowed me to spend my whole junior year in Florence, Italy. After graduation, I realized I missed acting, so I started taking classes and performing again. I acted in several plays and films in the Boston area before I finally moved to New York in 1996. Not happy with the way things were going there, I changed location to Los Angeles in 1998 and continued pursuing my acting career there. I did some more film and theatre but found myself tired of spending so much money on a field where I had such little control over getting the job.
I was wanting to write a screenplay and I thought maybe I should take some film classes to understand more of the process. I found out how inexpensive Los Angeles City College was so I enrolled in the Cinema program there, planning to stay only as long as I needed to write my script.
We were making 8mm films the first semester and I loved it. I was a full on Cinema student then and decided to continue with the whole program. The program seemed to like me, too, for when my professors had to pick two women to receive a scholarship from Women in Film, I was one of them. So I plowed ahead, and at LACC I wrote, directed, edited and produced five of my festival and award winning films, including my two advanced projects, Sally's Dream House and Eddie's Winning Date.
In 2006, Jeremy (who is now my husband) and I moved back to Arlington. (Well, "back" for me, as Jeremy is from LA.) We weren't planning on moving specifically to my town of origin but we wanted to return to the greater Boston area and it so happened we got a place in Arlington. Within a year of our move we filmed I Just Want to Eat My Sandwich and I completed Happy at Home. I also did a little acting again, getting roles in several more films. I've pretty much have kept my acting and film-making separate, though. So far I have not had the desire to create roles for myself. The acting credits I have in my films were small and out of necessity.
Currently, I finished a new short film, Little Pen Lost and am working on several scripts.
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AWARDS (partial list)
2014 Finalist in the Houston Comedy Film Festival's screenplay competition for Susan and the Company Picnic
2013 Broad Humor Film Festival Invitational Challenge winner for Little Pen Lost
2012 Finalist in the Broad Humor Film Festival's screenplay competition for Beat 'Em
2011 Finalist in the Broad Humor Film Festival's screenplay competition for Susan and the Company Picnic
2008 Audience Favorite at Twini Mini Film Festival for I Just Want to Eat My Sandwich
2007 5th Place at Seguin Film and Arts Festival for I Just Want to Eat My Sandwich
2007 Route 66 Film Festival Audience Comedy Award for I Just Want to Eat My Sandwich
2007 Best Comedy at Pencil Head's Dusk Till Dawn Film Fest for I Just Want to Eat My Sandwich
2007 Audience Favorite at Twini Mini Film Festival for Eddie's Winning Date
2006 Seguin Film and Arts Festival Director's Award for Eddie's Winning Date
2006 3rd Place at Myrtle Beach International Film Festival for Eddie's Winning Date
2005 Best of Faux Award (Faux Film Festival) for Jimmy's House of Hugs
2004 Route 66 Film Festival Audience Award for Sally's Dream House
2002 Women in Film Scholarship
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