Thursday, August 30, 2007

Freedom

Today is a HUGE day for me.

I don't come from a wealthy family. I don't have a trust fund. I've never relied on my family financially. Just emotionally. They give me millions of dollars worth of love and support.

I think that's why my brother and I are such workaholics. We've had to fend for ourselves a lot in life. Which, quite frankly, I'm pretty grateful for. I'm extremely independent and my work ethic goes beyond nutty.

So I thought it was funny the other day when Karl was surprised to hear I had a day job. I've always had a day job.

I've had a day job since I was 14. Since Aaron got me a busboy/busgirl position at the local Village Inn. I worked my butt off to move up to hostess so I could wear pretty clothes to work and not come home with pie and eggs all over my shirt. After a year in the food industry, I got a job at the Royal Palm Movie Theater. I just thought it'd be a fun place to work. And it was. I realized that the nacho cheese they serve at movie theaters is criminally disgusting. I also learned later that my boss was embezelling money and snorting cocaine. That job lasted until I headed off to college. 2 years? 3? In Tallahassee I got a job at the Oak Lake 6 Theater. It was owned by the same company as the Royal Palm. Easy in. My boss there was lottery winner. Apparently he bought a lot of guns, a couple of trucks and a lot of booze. You could smell it whenever he got within five feet of you. I remember being so poor in college, I had to steal a buck once just to fill up my car with gas to get home. After I graduated from college, I got a job down the street at the Bruno's Grocery and Pharmacy. It pretended to be an upscale grocery store. My boss there was Mr. Sohns. Think, Gary Cole from Office Space. Ugh. Then I moved to Austin, with the dreams of becoming a filmmaker. This was 1997. Matt got me a job in accounting at Book People. I loved it. I worked long and hard. My boss Judy and my coworker Andrea were the best office mates I'd ever had. And who wouldn't love to be in a store full of books and people who loved stories. But after 5 years there, I found myself digging a deep, round financial hole. See, independent bookstores, much less independent anything doesn't pay much. Below poverty level, usually. So I got a job at Cycorp. What they do, I still don't completely understand. Officially, they create artificial intelligence software. That's about as detailed as I can get. But I was lucky enough to get a boss that took great lengths to take care of me and my dreams. She bought us a whole summer worth of snacks for jumping off bridges. She'd send me home with printers, office supplies, cookies, trinkets, money ... She supported every festival screening, fundraiser, event I had. And for that I am forever grateful. I've been here for 4 1/2 years.

But today, today was a day that marks a huge milestone in my life. I turned in my letter of resignation. I'll stick around for about another month to tidy things up, train someone new and pack up my things. No more day job. No more wasting time on someone else's dream. I got my own to continue to make happen. And somehow, with a little creativity and a lot of work, I've made being a filmmaker a paying gig. And I love it. That's my job. That's what I do. I'll have my own office, my own desk and computer. Employees (kind of, if you count interns). It feels really good.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Something Exciting This Way Comes

I'm battling insomnia these days. Too many thoughts and anxieties torpedoing through my head. I'll go to bed at 10pm, toss and turn for about an hour. Get up. Work on the computer for a bit and then finally fall asleep by 1am. If you know me, you know that I wake up at 5:30am and once my head hits the pillow at 10pm, I'm out. Like clockwork. But there's so much going on and so many personal transitions that I'm restless.

So yes, something exciting this way comes. It's not Hollywood pounding at my door, or getting pregnant or winning the lottery. It's a personal milestone. One that Mark has been a major supporter on. But I'm nervous and anxious and terrified and thrilled about it. And that's why I'm losing sleep.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

I just have to say ...

That I love our interns. Tai and Jillian = kick ass.

To Be Buried Alive

I'm being buried alive by work. Alas, it's good work. But the "things to do" list just grows and grows by the hour.

Stacy and I are moving in to a new office space in a few weeks. I'm so psyched I can't stand it. We can throw paper at each other from our desks, dance around when we get antsy and visit filmmaking friends across the hall when we need to see a fun, familiar face.

Stacy and I are experiencing major crunch time with the JOB DVDs. The subtitles are really close. Just a few changes. DVD artwork, really close. Postcard is pretty much done. What else?

If it's not the website, classes, after school programs, shorts filmmaking, FOA, it's my poor husband trying to remember what I look like. This weekend = fun in the sun, here we come.

Other good news ... my classes are filling up. And one of my good friends from college is in town shooting a History Channel segment. I get to see her sweet lovely face tomorrow night. And she gets to see Pork Chop. She was there for his birth back when we were sophmores in college. In fact I think I still have a skirt of hers in my closet that I snagged back in the day. I just won't let her see it.

10 Flicks Every Student Should See

I was asked a month or so ago to contribute to an article for the Tallahassee Democrat about what 10 films every college student should see. Here's the article which features lists from Tony Hale, Cheryl Hines, Victor Nunez ... all of whom have Tallahassee ties.

Here's my list:

Wings of Desire (Wim Wenders, 1987)
I discovered this film my freshman year of college (1992) when Clare and I went to a Harvard Film Archives screening. I had no idea what hit me.

The Sweet Hereafter (Atom Egoyan, 1997)
When I first moved to Austin and was taking Steve's Austin Film Works class, he recommended this film. Afterwards, I was obsessed with Atom Egoyan. I saw him present a collection of his short films at UT (can't remember the name), but one of which stands as one of my favorites short films of all time.

Afterlife (Hirokazu Koreeda, 2005)
I love this movie. So much. I love Nobody Knows too, but it was something magical when I discovered this film.

Red, White and Blue (Krzysztof Kieslowski)
I saw all three at the Moore auditorium at FSU. Cinematically, it changed my perspective on film.

The Ice Storm (Ang Lee, 1997)
One of my all time favorite films ever.

A Woman Under the Influence (John Cassavetes, 1974)
Oh, what it is to discover Cassavetes. I was late in life on this one. It gave me great appreciation for actors and performances.

Streetwise (Martin Bell, 1985)
I can't remember who recommended it to me ... Kurt, maybe? It was at a time when I was at Waterloo Video picking up a different documentary every single night. It might be my favorite documentary.

Badlands (Terrence Malick, 1973)
Who recommended it, I can't remember. But getting sucked in to the beauty of Malick's worlds, there was no turning back. I'm a huge fan of all of his films. But the first one I saw will always be my favorite.

Dazed and Confused (Richard Linklater, 1993)
This is my favorite Linklater film. It holds a HUGE place in my heart. In Tallahassee, the IC Flicks (very similar to the Alamo Draughthouse) would play Dazed and Confused over and over and over again. I probably saw it at least 5 or 6 times in the theater. It was a college comfort film. I didn't put two and two together until I moved to Austin.

Salesman (Maysles Brothers, 1968)
Scott Bate told me about this film. We went together to an Austin Film Festival screening. I think it struck me hard because my dad has basically been a salesman all his life. I fell in love with the Maysles signature style.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Austin School of Film Classes

I still have space for the fall classes. If you're interested, for more information ....

FALL SCRIPT TO SCREEN WORKSHOP (Starts September 11th)

Tuesdays, 6:30pm – 9:00p
September 11, 18, 25, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, November 13, 20, 27, December 4, 11
FINAL SCREENING – December 15th


FALL TEEN FILMMAKING WORKSHOP (Starts September 8th)
Saturdays, 10am – 12pm
September 8, 15, 22, 29, October 6, 13, 20, 27, November 3, 17, December 1, 8
FINAL SCREENING – December 15th


The Austin School of Film
(906 E. 5th Street, Suite 106)
Tuition - $550
For more information: www.storieproductions.com or www.austinfilmschool.org
kat@storieproductions.com or 512.771.5863


CLASS DESCRIPTIONS
These hands-on courses will take you through the process of making a short film from script to screen . Learn everything you need to know from screenwriting, shooting, scheduling, marketing, sound, directing, festivals … Each class will be broken into small filmmaking teams. Each team will produce a short film using digital video technology. The classes will feature guest speakers from the Austin Film Community on cameras, lighting and other elements of filmmaking.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

The Business of Film and Friends

Stacy and I are in Houston for the Houston Business in Film Conference which happened yesterday. We were on a panel about preproduction with Bob Hudgins, Dave Walker and Alfred Cervantes. It's a hard panel to be on when there's only an hour to talk. You can tell people, "Be really really organized. Make lots of lists, spreadsheets, notes. Rehearse not only for actors, but also for camera. Storyboard, even if you don't use them." But getting into the nitty gritty, not so much. Hopefully we relayed a bit of wisdom and advice that will help them along their filmmaking paths.

The major highlights yesterday were sitting with our Summer Film Camp participant Savannah and her mom for 3 hours at the Jason's Deli gabbing about film, books, music and movies. It was wonderful to get to know them both. We later had dinner with Rhett and his girlfriend Leslie and talked about the Houston Zoo, Hans the Ghost and child eating Pumas. We love Rhett because he's such an angel of a human being.

All in all the best part about these little business trips is seeing good friends and my amazing family.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Rothko and Printing Presses

Spent the day browsing the Printing Press Museum and the Rothko Chapel. There is something hypnotic about Rothko's work. And that room. Mark and I agreed that with a good comforter and a few pillows it would be heaven.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

What's Weird

What's weird is when I'm sitting at Flight Path gathering crew contacts for a friend shooting a History Channel segment in Austin next week and a stranger starts dancing at my table waving the Chronicle in the air singing "Kat in the house". "Yeah, yeah, yeah." Whoa.

Not only do we get to see Mr. Wilkins in Houston, we also get to have tea with one of our awesome Summer Film Camp Girls. Go Savannah go!

The Austin Chronicle Article - A New Day

The Austin Chronicle article came out today!

I woke up at 4:30am, eyes wide, brain on fire. Did a crossword puzzle, walked in circles around the livingroom and then sat down to read. It's a really nice article. It's really sweet.

I'm headed to Quacks in a bit to work on the FOA proposal. I need to get it to a good place before Mark and I head to Houston. It'll be nice to get out of town for the weekend. We'll see the folks while we're there and hang out. And then Saturday Stacy flies in so we can be on a panel for the Houston Business in Film Conference. Along with seeing the family and getting some solid Mark time, I'm really excited about meeting up with Rhett Wilkins. While I was watching JOB working on the subtitling text the other week, I was thinking how much I missed seeing that boy.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Websites, Blood Shot Eyes and Project Proposals

After a spell of insomnia, I skipped the work out this morning. I guess I missed some juicy gossip and major lunges. I might be up late again with my tired, bloodshot eyes and weary brain. After a long meeting with Christian Raymond about the Ann Richards Film Club I've been hard at work with Stacy on web stuff, artwork stuff and now I'm about to work on a proposal I want to get out the door soon. If I have to look at html any longer, I might rip my hair out.

We suck because we were supposed to go to the Screen Door screening and see Bryan and Chris' shorts. Alas, we're still at Zen working, working, working. That's us, workaholics. So Bryan, I'm sorry, we're lame.

Alas, the big article should be coming out tomorrow. Check out your nearest Austin Chronicle stand.

Hannah Takes the Stairs in NYC


Hannah Takes the Stairs opens today in NYC. Congrats to Joe and the whole Hannah crew!

From our Odyssey friends ...

Friends,

Break out your three ring binders and notebook paper, it's Back to School time with Odyssey, Travis County's Premier Journey Cover Band!

This very Saturday we're playing on the cusp of the UT campus at vaunted venue Hole in the Wall.

Here's your study guide:

1. Bass playing skills of Ross Valory vs. American Idol judge and sometime Journey-man Randy Jackson, discuss.

2. List 3 drummers for Journey. Compare and contrast their faux-life counterparts in This is Spinal Tap.

3. Neal Schon--child prodigy, total jerkwad or what?

Extra Credit:

4. If you are on a tour bus traveling from Minneapolis to Chicago at a rate of 65mph and you have only one hair dryer and 3 cans of Aquanet--how long will it take Steve Perry to style that glorious mane of hair?

Details:

WHAT: Odyssey, Travis County's Premier Journey Cover Band
WHEN: Sat Aug 25, 10 PM
WHERE: Hole in the Wall, 2538 Guadalupe
COST: FREE
INFO: http://www.holeinthewallaustin.com/

Also on the lineup: Peter Elliot and the Sellouts (11pm) and Hit Space (12:30am).

Bring all your friends and a number two pencil!

Feelin' your heartbeart with mine,

Odyssey

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Two Dorks at Quacks


I spend my work days at Flight Path, run home for a quick dinner and then back to Quacks for my work nights. I'll be so excited to get our own office space soon so I'm not spending $10 on tea and Diet Coke. If I don't fork over the cash every day, I feel like a total freeloader.

We're at Quacks right now updating our websites which haven't been touched since last Spring. Yikes. Not for being lazy but the girls at Storie Productions have been busy bees. We've also been working with our graphic designer, the lovely Lori Walls, on our postcard mail out and our DVD box artwork. The postcard is almost done and ready to go to print and the DVD box artwork is getting there. Did I mention that we have two new interns? Tai and Jillian are badass. BADASS!

I'm about to head home so I can wake up at 5:00am to workout with Stacy, Jeannette, Gina and Sandy. Jump roping, sissy squats, lunges, push ups and planks. Lordy, lordy, lordy. Luckily, I'm not hurting as badly as I thought I would from Sunday's Cardio Kung Fu.

Friday, August 17, 2007

The Go Gos at Quacks

I'm happily listening to the Go Gos at Quacks, working. Man, I miss the good girl pop bands. I think I'll have to swap out some CDs in my car. Break out the Blake Babies, some solo Juliana Hatfield, Belly, Sahara Hotnights, Bikini Kill ...

Finishing up the last drafts of two shorts we'll shoot in October/November. The headshots pouring in have been overcrowding our P.O. box. We have a few confirmed crew members.

Went to see Joe O'Connell's book reading of his new novel Evacuation Plan last night. He read a few bits and pieces. Really lovely stuff. I got myself a copy to crack open this weekend.

Tonight I'm headed to Adrienne's new play, Rainbow Family of the Serendipitous Now, or the Orpheus Project which got an amazing review in the Chronicle. That girl and her theater friends never disappoint. I'm consistently amazed by that group.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Sean Ripple - Boy Extraordinaire


I love my friend Sean Ripple. We met through Hrasky years ago. I see him every now and then. We catch up over a drink or chips and salsa. Many moons ago we starred in Ryan's musical short film, Santa Ana, as a feuding couple on a road trip (which by the way, Mr. Cox, I still don't have a copy of).

I admire the boy a great deal. He's one of those people that can't sit still. If he's not writing short stories and publishing them through small presses, he's painting or shooting photography or making short films. He never seems to stop. Like ever.

We used his artwork and the music from his band American Analog Set in jumping off bridges. God bless, Mr. Ripple.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

The Future of America

I'm not sure if I've fully disclosed the feature project that we're working on or not. It's an experiment, a crazy collaboration, a passion project, a piece of my heart ...

Years ago after I finished cicadas, I was volunteering at American Youthworks. I spent some time working with a class that my friend Susan Bishop was teaching. I met some amazing kids that had dropped out of the public school system for whatever reason and had decided to finish their degree at this alternative high school. Their stories and histories were all over the place. Teen pregnancy, gang members, boredom, drugs, abusive households, neglect ... I decided to make a documentary about them. I followed four kids, Star, David, Adam and Shaunea for about a year and a half. I listened to their stories, met their friends, their families, went to prom, graduation, family gatherings. I recruited friends to help me ... Kurt, Karen, Heather Courtney. My footage was ok. Not enough and not quite good enough to piece together. I'm not a camera person and my sound was kinda crummy. But the stories that opened up to me, really captured my heart. I was ashamed that I never finished the film. For myself and for them.

Flash forward 5 years. I'm desperate to make another feature film. I'm sick of waiting for Hollywood to give me permission to make Brain Brawl. I went back to my footage. I sat at Quacks watching their faces and listening to their stories. I came to Stacy with a crazy idea. I wanted to hand pick a few teen students to collaborate with on a narrative version of Future of America. It would blur the lines between fiction and documentary and tell the stories of high school drop outs. No one believed me about the staggering statistics of the number of kids that drop out of the public school system each year. One out of three. One out of three. I sent articles and websites to back me up. It's totally fucked up. So, Stacy came on board. From there we took the project to The Austin School of Film. They came on board. I took the project to 5 teen students and they came on board. It's a bit of a complicated project to put down in a blog entry of how it will work, the format, the vision. It's an experiment.

Tonight we had our second meeting with our kids, our collaborators. We spent almost three hours tossing out stories, ideas, character portraits. Everyone throwing in equal amount of opinions, thoughts and ideas. The first meeting I came home from, I was on cloud nine. And now the second meeting I've come home from, I'm beside myself. This means the world to me. This means more than permission from Hollywood or acknowledgement from the indie filmmaking world. Don't get me wrong, I want to make Brain Brawl and I want to do bigger projects, but this, the Girl's Camp, my classes at The Austin School of Film ... nothing comes close. I can't put into words how thankful I am for these experiences.

The Austin Chronicle Photo Shoot

Yesterday I got a late call from Todd Wolfson (Chronicle Photographer) that we had to throw together a last minute shoot for the article that Marc's working on. I pulled together a tiny crew of students, crew, and cast to pose with me today. We had a blast goofing off and being silly for the camera. It'll be a cute photo. Here's a snapshot that Todd sent over tonight of me and my ladies.

Monday, August 13, 2007

All Things Storie

Updates ...

1) Stacy is working on our subtitles for the DVD. It's tedious and painful, but we don't have $2,000 to pay someone to do it, so yeah.
2) Lori's working on the DVD artwork, brochure artwork and a revamp of our website.
3) Our new and amazing interns Tai and Jillian are helping us with publicity and upcoming screenings for JOB.
4) Stacy and I had a pretty wonderful meeting today with the Austin School of Film folks about two projects we're working on. Yay ASF!!!
5) We'll have an Austin Chronicle story that comes out next Thursday. I even told Marc, "There's nothing exciting going on with us. Other filmmakers have cooler developments than us." But alas. Maybe they have a slow summer.
6) Meeting with Christian next week to start on the Ann Richards Film Club curriculum.
7) Had a conference call with our Brain Brawl cohorts today. Nothing exciting. Nothing devastating. Holding steady, Freddy.
8) Finalizing the drafts of the two short films I'll direct this fall. Love them!
9) Enjoying the tunes and atmosphere at Flight Path these days. They have a nice rotation of The Smiths, old REM, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Arcade Fire ...
10) Just finished reading Speak. Kind of a female version of The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Will someone please let me make the film version of Perks? I promise I would do it justice. It's got my name written all over it!
11) I'm done with my mass blogging. Gotta go home and sleep.

I Know Who Killed Me


I dragged the gang to see I Know Who Killed Me on Saturday afternoon. Mark had to pay for Ryan's ticket to convince him to go.

It was one of the most atrocious films I've ever seen and I absolutely loved it. We sat in the back row annoying the other patrons laughing our butts off through the whole film. It was a craptastic cinematic gem!

My favorite line ... "People get cut. That's life."

Salad Bowl

Mandy and Victor came into town for a "Ryan Welcome Home" party at Kurt and MVs. That's right, Mr. Cox is back! So, it was a night of total geekdom. After binging on Meredith's yummy artichoke dip and pistachios, we played Salad Bowl. This is a game that Mandy introduced years and years ago. It's been a silly, stupid staple at dinner parties and get togethers ever since. Basically everyone puts 5 names into a bowl. They can be people you know, characters in a book, in a movie, sports heroes, kids you went to elementary school with ... You have to get your team to figure out the name you pick from the bowl. Kind of like Charades, but not quite. It was a testament of pure and total geeking out. What I love so much about Kurt, Chris, Bryan and George is that they are an encyclopedia of all things Star Wars, Indiana Jones and G.I. Joe. Instead of normal names like "Nancy Drew", "Karen Browning", and "JD Salinger", we had to figure out how to get people to guess names like, "Chief Ugnaught", "Mola Ram" and "Zartan". It was an evening of basking in the nerdiness of our friends.

Lars and the Real Girl

Over the weekend Kurt was telling Mark and I about this poster for this new film starring Ryan Gosling called Lars and the Real Girl. He claimed that Ryan Gosling looks like Mark in the poster. So he sent it over this morning and wouldn't you know it, it does look like Mark. My boy looks like Ryan Gosling!

Friday, August 10, 2007

The Wild Man of the Navidad

There are a few filmmakers that I've known for years that I only get to see once a year, or sometimes once every other year. Duane Graves is one of those filmmakers. We met years and years ago. I can't remember the circumstances. It was around the time his documentary, Up Syndrome was playing at Slamdance in 2001. We've kept in touch and meet at the Kerby Lane on 183 once a year to catch up. I just got an invite to a screening of his new film The Wild Man of the Navidad. Despite the sweet and poignant documentary that got him a start, Duane's a horror filmmaker at heart. So here's his new feature. I'm excited to see the film. Check out the website.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Oxnard Film Festival

It's funny how you get requests to submit to festivals you never knew existed and then you forget about them. And then months later you get a "Congratulations" email.

So we'll be screening in the Oxnard Film Festival. I know it's in California somewhere. South, maybe? So if you live in Oxnard, or close to Oxnard, or if you know where Oxnard is, the film will screen, September 28th at 9:15pm.

Just now perusing the festival site, I find out that The Garage is playing too. Rusty Kelley from Dear Pillow stars.

Monday, August 06, 2007

Jeremy Davies


I caught Rescue Dawn last night with Gina and Stacy. I'm really embarrassed to say that it's my first Herzog film ever. I've enjoyed his crazed performance in Julien Donkey Boy, but until last night hadn't seen any of his films. I liked Rescue Dawn. I'm not sure I was head over heels in love with it like Stacy and Gina, but I really did like it. It makes me anxious to catch up on Herzog's filmmography. There was a really poignant moment in the helicopter flying back to base after Dieter's rescue. I can't really get it out of my head. A large soldier holds a frail, withered Dieter in his arms and cradles him with a familial tenderness. The other thing that captured me was Jeremy Davies. I've loved him in everything from Secretary to Saving Private Ryan, from CQ to Spanking the Monkey. But my god. I couldn't take my eyes off of his skeletal frame and those eyes. I was a little bummed when his character wandered into the woods, never to be seen again.

By the way, for those that have been asking about Pork Chop. The little bean is doing really well. He's back on all four paws and happily chowing down on Fancy Feast.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

The Girls

Yesterday was the final screening for Girl's Camp, the last time we'd probably see some of them.

I loved this experience. It's just like Stacy said ... I felt like my days had meaning. Like I was doing something that had an impact. And I feel this way for the most part at the Austin School of Film. But for some reason last week, it was just a little different.

Here are our girls.



Saturday, August 04, 2007

Summer Film Camp for Girls - Day Five

The sadness of last days. It was the last day of camp yesterday. Lots of friendships made. Lots of candy and snacks eaten. Several cool visitors (Katherine Willis, Jen White, Nevie Owens). Lots of random questions. "Do you like country music? Have you ever been to Indiana? Do you know Tony Spencer?" I'll miss it badly. The girl's did amazing things in just 5 short days. I'm floored at their creativity, intuition and follow through. Today we'll screen their films for their parents and families. I'm excited to see their reactions to seeing their projects on a big screen. I'm gonna miss our girls so much!

New Projects are just around the corner. In fact just in an hour, Stacy and I start a new collaborative project with some of my teens. Gotta go make copies at Kinkos now.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Summer Film Camp for Girls - Day Four

The girls are learning so much. We had rough cut screenings at the end of the day and we all sat around offering feedback and criticism. I was really proud. They all gave constructive ideas and feedback. They're a supportive group. So far their projects look fantastic. By the end of tomorrow after a few reshoots and some more editing, they'll be brilliant.

After girl's camp and dinner, I came home to a cat with a bloody paw. I whisked PC to the Emergency Animal Hospital freaking out and on the verge of tears. I spent the rest of the evening at the Kitty Hospital with my little one getting his paw fixed up. I told Mark in the midst of everything that when our kids get hurt, I'm going to be a wreck. Seeing the ones I love bloody or in pain breaks me.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

I'm From Barcelona


My friend Amre wrote this article for the New York Press on I'm From Barcelona. Check it out.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Summer Film Camp for Girls - Day Three

I spent the afternoon with Group 1 shooting their short Soft Premium Plus Tissues (or something like that). I can't count on 4 hands how many takes were messed up because of laughter. Stephanie's face was red with tears streaming down at one point. She couldn't keep her camera steady because of it. I wasn't sure whether to be upset with them for being so far behind or laugh right along. I decided they could finish up tomorrow. Little Sarah who's going into 6th grade this year, is one of the weirdest kids and one of the most endearing kids I've ever met. With her super white buck teeth, freckles and bleach blonde hair. I played the "Director" and she played my "Assistant". The girl cracked me up so bad, I kept messing up my own takes, bellied over in a fit of giggles. I think it's a safe bet to say they're all having a really great time. Girl's Camp RULES!

Summer Film Camp for Girls - Day Two

What a crazy bunch we have. Their ideas are flying from their brains and running around like mad. I love it. The girls have been grouped by age. I've taken the youngest group under my wing. I can't tell you how many times they had me practically rolling on the ground with laughter. The enthusiasm and silliness is completely infectious. They're doing a short film about a commercial shoot for Kleenex gone wrong. Lots of slapstick comedy.

Yesterday we talked about cameras and casting and spent most of the lunch period gossiping about Lindsay, Paris and Hilary.

Women Directors Shine; Numbers Still Low

An interesting article from Christy Lemire.