The last update I posted was literal weeks before the official start of the Covid-19 Pandemic. I haven't been sure what to say about it all. I hope if you're reading this that you're safe and healthy and somehow managing this unprecedented crisis.
As for me, it took a while to get my bearings. I find it's difficult to make plans not knowing when the pandemic might end let alone get better. Some people in my family have gotten the vaccine which relieves some stress knowing I don't have to worry about them as much.
Despite it all, last fall, I wrote and directed two short films. This first was "The Getaway" set in the 1930s. My number one priority was keeping everyone safe. Covid cases had been lower at that point, and I followed all Covid production protocols. I also kept it entirely outside. In a way, having to work around Covid protocols and restrictions forced me to focus on the story and more creative ways to tell it.
The Getaway: "A criminal couple on the run from the FBI meet one last time in the 1930s to turn each other in - and reminisce about their most epic heist." This short film will premiere this winter.
The other short film I wrote/directed is called "SAD BAT," a micro short/PSA to get out the youth vote for Nextgen America and Damnationland about the "horrors" of not voting. Starring Viva as the vampire, Bill McDonough as the vampire hunter and reuniting with Dean Merrill who was cinematographer. SAD BAT premiered in an online event near Halloween and was so much fun.
I also found out my TV Pilot "Barb" (formerly "The Resistance") was a Quarterfinalist in the Final Draft Big Break Contest 2020, and my TV Pilot "S.P.I.C.E." is a Quarterfinalist at Cinestory 2020.
Last fall, I was invited to be a part of an "Artists' Chit Chat" through Mad Horse Theatre Company in Portland, Maine where I talked about the process of filming during Covid - and got to meet some other really cool creators.
Next up - I've been invited to lead a workshop for the University of California Merced's Collaboratorium 2021: Create & Connect.
Other than that, I've been hiking, writing and watching lots of TV and movies. I recently watched First Cow and absolutely LOVE it. So unexpected - something that rarely happens!
Until we all get vaccinated and there's a light at the end of this tunnel, keep zooming, stay distanced, cozy in, stay safe and wear a mask!