The summer morphed into an unpredictable fall. Meaningful work allowed a respite from the insanity of the world and my neighborhood (ie: explosion in Chelsea).
As always I am grateful for family, a small circle of close friends and the talented colleagues I am fortunate to collaborate with.
The summer ended on a high note as
we filmed for our documentary in production, And…Seen.
The main focus of the narrative is to challenge mainstream perceptions of disability.
Our subject Jamie Petrone water skied at Leaps of Faith Adaptive Skiers in beautiful Sandy Hook, CT.
Special thanks to founder Joel Zeisler and staff for their hospitality.
Phase one of production is wrapped for
Barrio Boy the feature! We are thrilled with the first rate ensemble of actors and crew who came together.
The passion driving this project will bring this urgently needed narrative the attention it deserves within the independent film production community and audiences nation wide. Phase two pre-production begins Spring 2017.
Off Track Betty a short film literally shot on film by writer/director Clayton Dean Smith was a NY Times Critics Pick and winner of Audience Favorite Narrative Short at the Brooklyn International Film Festival!
It is an official selection of the Side Walk , Bend, Napa Valley, Atlantic, LA Indie Film, Austin, and Big Apple Festivals (so far)…
Most of the NYC locations sadly no longer exist as does the film lab Deluxe which graced OTB as one of its final films to process. We are gratified festival programmers worldwide understand the value of capturing these vanishing iconic NYC landscapes. http://offtrackbettythemovie.com
Window Dressing written/directed and starring Stephen Girouard is a little film with a huge message about what’s really important in this life. Congratulations on being an official selection at the following festivals:
Big Apple Film Festival NYC Premier!
Yonkers film festival, Yonkers, NY
http://yofifest.com/Winner of 2 awards! Best Short Dramatic film and Best Cinematography in a Dramatic Short, Atlantic City Film Festival
Just when I thought I could catch my breath an unexpected email came in. An industry colleague recommended me to an LA based team to cast the gripping psychological thriller Derailed, written masterfully by Tracy Andreen, directed by David Jackson whose work on TV and film have been seen worldwide by millions, produced by Michael Buttiglieri of Divine Immortality Productions and Executive Producer Marguerite Henry of Mar Vista Entertainment. A production hub
has been set up in Albany, NY where the majority of the film is shooting. We quickly cast 16
first rate actors and although challenging ; a great, positive experience. I lucked out as I couldn’t ask for a kinder team of solid professionals (phew!)
Here’s an article from a local journalist in Albany where it was primarily filmed:
The joy of teaching continues as I work with young, professional actors at The Performing Option www.ThePerformingOption.com, workshops for the SAG-AFTRA Foundation www.sagaftrafoundation.org and as a private audition coach.
Wishing you a safe and happy fall that allows for as much laughter as possible through the chaos – Liz