Friday, July 31, 2009

Monday, July 27, 2009

You need this "luxury"

If you are looking for sunglasses or wear prescription specs...even if you're from out of MUST save your money and

The experience is described perfectly by Yelp users in this link...

The most important thoughts I want to leave with you:

1) Your glasses are on YOUR FACE. Every day. The single most important part of your body that everyone assesses you by. Whether your dateable, promotable, hireable, trustworthy, have good judgement, are likable. It's the thing that is most YOU.

2) You've never received expert customer service picking out your glasses before. Yes, even if you went to expensive places. Read these reviews and mull over your past experiences, and think how different it would be if you trusted the person in the shop as the WORLD'S EXPERT, and a PARTNER whose goal was to make you look like THE BEST YOU.

3) After falling in love with your new glasses, you'll feel embarrassed about what you've had on your face. So start now!!

4)If you're still not convinced, check out Julia Gogosha's blog of actual thrilled customers turning from ugly ducklings and frogs into swans and princes...her new before/after photos are SUBLIME ART.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Life Hacks from Brea Grant

My good friend Brea ran a great guests post of advice from me and mutual friends on little life improvements you can do for free. Enjoy the positivity!

And check out Brea Grant's appearance in Elle this!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

A meaningful life is not a popularity contest

"You are not on the earth to be shut up, and you are not on the earth to be shut down."

A great four-minute pep talk about why what other people think of you is none of your business, courtesy of Marianne Williamson.

Marianne and The Course of Miracles was a favorite of Mom's. I can't believe how young the lady looks; I've known her teachings all my life.

"You are not born to be at the effect of lovelessness, in other people or in yourself."

Monday, July 20, 2009


I was blown away by KNOWING the other night, a film much better than I expected because I'd completely missed the reviews and ad campaign. The only films I can think of in the last decade that I had a similar pleasant surprise from along this scale were the original Pirates of the Carribean, and The Matrix.

My favorite sage Roger Ebert has an interesting philosophical essay about the central premise of Knowing here. But it's spoilerific by necessity, so please enjoy the movie first.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

LA Ink

I'm getting tatted by Dan Smith on July 30th. No, there's no news on if or when it will air, probably won't know until a week before the airdate.

Just have to figure out where the h to get the tattoo...for some reason everyone's freaked about my arm and what I will look like in a wedding dress.

Um, people...I don't even have a boyfriend. Cart? Horse?

And if I meet him after I get the tattoo, wouldn't we hope he would love me AND the tattoo? :)

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Actual message

"Hello georgeous,
Impressing is what i describe your captivating profile as a near perfect description of what i desire in a woman,I mean what any man would seek for in a woman..."

So here I'm thinking, "spelling and grammar of a serial killer...but how did he know my childhood nickname was George? Maybe he's a Russian spy?"

"...Well i am a native of American,Borne in American and Raised in the states..."

I'm feeling this statement is like starting off with "To tell the truth,..." Like if it's the truth, why do you have to POINT OUT that it's the truth??

"I will like you to get back to me and lets know each other very well..You can also IM me on yahoo messenger...I will love to read from you,my love to be..."

More establishing of false intimacy, lack of details indicating it's a form letter he's mass emailing, aand no picture = Fail.


This Nigerian guy totally wants my social security number.

David Lago on Young and the Restless

He's got his May sweeps appearance up here. That boy can kiss!

Women auteurs

Great series at UCLA the end of July/beginning of August on feminist directors working in "exploitation" films in the 70s and 80s. I'll be attending, along with many people from Pretty/Scary.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

And there it is...

I'm clearly about to get funded, because I've had production nightmares all week. Hasn't been like this since I was shooting The Commune.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

More distribution doom and gloom

Because you indie filmmakers were getting too positive about the economy... ;)

Rethinking Gender Bias in Theatre

The New York Times has a great, well-researched article a reader recommended that suggests there are fewer female playwrights being produced because of female gatekeepers' prejudice against them.

I have to say, it gels with many of my personal experiences in Hollywood.

The Commune - Rogue Cinema review!

Thanks to Brian Morton for his Awesome review!

Wednesday, July 01, 2009


I did a long on-camera interview last week to be tattooed on LA Ink. It's with the network right now, and if they decide to pick me the tape goes in with a stack to the artists and they argue over who they want to work with. But then after that, I still could get the tattoo and be taped but not make it onto the final programs.

Interesting process I really enjoyed. Had a great time chatting with Jaime, the casting associate.

My angle was a female director working in a man's world, just like Kat and Hannah and Kim. Of course, Corey could be cool too because he's a guy who partners with empowered women and isn't diminished in the slightest.

Here's my rough idea of the tattoo, which the artist who picks me would then riff on:

It's based on Colonel Van Riper's battle strategy as explained in Malcolm Gladwell's BLINK of setting the theme, hiring the best people for the job, and then not micromanaging them in the field but allowing space for creative thinking on their feet and happy accidents. Everything I want to be as Woman King leader onset.

Lynchian nightmare

I had this whole weird dream last night that I'd made a movie that wasn't THE COMMUNE but had the same stars in it, but it was about everything else that is going on in my life right at this moment down to a script of a friend's I'm reading about a water park only I'd read the Vanity Fair article about Johnny Depp yesterday so it was a Disney water park and my nieces wanted Johnny's costume...

The overwhelming emotion of the dream was mortification that some scenes I thought had been cut were shown onscreen, and they were soft-focus and dragged on too long with bad camerawork and acting from the leads, and then there were sexual scenes of me that made no sense that were way too graphic, and everyone thought it was an amateur movie all about my ego. And it was the only showing we were ever going to have and I couldn't figure out how it was the wrong print. Then I went right into this other horrible graphic slasher nightmare about a sister who'd died but didn't die and came back into the family's life as an unrecognizable man to have sex with them all and then kill them, but the whole time I was thinking "This would make a great screenplay!" and when I woke up I was all sweaty trying to remember the dream and realized it was utter nonsense and not a story at all.

There you have it! Fevered dreams of a frazzled filmmaker...