Making my movie!

Soulmate(s)

I am in development for a feature film that I co-wrote with fellow writer/actress/Vermonter Alexandra Case.

Soulmate(s) is a female buddy comedy, showcasing the strength and power of female friendship. Two Vermont girls are each others everything. When one girl meets the man of her dreams, the other drudges up a drunken college pact in order to save her best friend from choosing the wrong soulmate.

As women working in Hollywood, Alexandra and I have been continually frustrated by the lack of representation for women in film, especially with the types of roles that are available for women. So, we created a movie with two strong female leads driven to leave a positive mark on the world.

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Soulmate(s) is a story sprung from the new reality of our generation in which women in their late 20s live together post-college, in a marriage-like relationship. In the vein of Obvious Child, Frances Ha, and Sideways, Soulmate(s) follows characters Samantha and Jessamine as their marriage-like relationship hits an impossible obstacle, which ultimately becomes their opportunity to grow up, grow apart, and grow together.

Soulmate(s) is also unique, because it takes place in a fresh setting: Vermont. All eyes are on 9b5cf6a8c25e6da2b62fef085d7b442bVermont right now, thanks to Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders. We grew up in Vermont and want to give homage to the incredibly special place that made us who we are. Vermont is one of the few places where the people pride themselves on community and a place where the people are always ready to fight for an important cause. Soulmate(s) brings attention to a current issue in Vermont: the potential corporatization of maple sugar farming. In the film, we create a community campaign called “Local Sap”. Through the campaign, the lead characters help to rally support for local farmers and fight against the new industrialized syrup company.

Our team is in development of Soulmate(s). Currently we are in the financing stage (check out our fundraising platform on Seed&Spark www.seedandspark.com/studio/soulmates) and leading roles are casting. Alexandra and I will take our real-life friendship onto the reel-screen, playing leads Jessamine Parker and Samantha O’Sullivan. Ryan O’Neal is attached as Samantha’s father. Vermont’s favorite comedian, Rusty DeWees is also signed on to the cast. Our team is pursuing other cast with Vermont connections. We are also working with several Vermont company sponsors including: Switchback Brewing Co, Cabot Creamery, Solmates Socks, and Morse Farm. In addition, Carhartt will be outfitting our film!

We are slated to start filming in Vermont in spring 2017!

The Making of the Easy Love Music Video

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TJ Stafford (co-writer of the song) and I had a blast making the music video for Easy Love and I’m excited to share the experience through a Behind-The-Scenes video.

The video captures moments recording the song in the studio with the very talented Jacob Szekely and Robert Anderson on strings and Noah Needleman on the control board, to shooting the official video at Pollution studios in downtown Los Angeles.

We worked with director Asher Brown to create a video that would show the push-pull, beautiful and poetic, but with a tangible lack of connection, as the narrator is tragically discovering that she doesn’t know how to be happy in a stable relationship and can only pull away from love if it feels easy. The two singers are together but don’t make eye contact, the two dancers (choreographed by Michelle Dawley and Deirdre Barnes) are always separated by the elements of the set, or are displayed in silhouette.

Directed by Asher Brown, Executive producer David Franz, Produced by Meg Schmidt, Shot by Charles Bergquist and Production Design by Susie Francis, Choreography by Michelle Dawley and Deirdre Barnes. Starring dancers Michelle Dawley and Jacob Jonas. Shot at Pollution Studios in Los Angeles and Production Company is Pollution. Song recorded at Underground Sun Studio and Moon Studios Engineered by Noah Needleman. Mixed and mastered by David Franz at Underground Sun.

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OMG! Because I Love You

From August 10th to August 14th, a group of kids from all over Los Angeles and an amazing group of filmmakers collaborated on a series of movies and music videos — including a fabulous MUSIC VIDEO for my song BECAUSE I LOVE YOU. I have never had so much fun shooting a music video! The kids created and collaborated on everything…the story concept, set design, costumes, animation, directing, and even the shooting of the video. There were cameras everywhere!

Check out the awesome organization at omgeverywhere.org!

And check out the music video: http://imvdb.com/video/stephanie-lynn/because-i-love-you

Sinking Ship Remix Contest

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I am looking for original remixes for my song “SINKING SHIP” to be released on Beatport. Check out the contest rules here: http://undergroundsol.com/contests/. I want your creative spin to take the song to a completely new place. The deadline to submit is JANUARY 5th.
Excited that the remix contest was featured on Stop Breathe Bump! Remix on SBB
Can’t wait to hear what you come up with!

Art & Music

I love to collaborate with talented people. The new official music video for “Sinking Ship” was an amazing collaboration with many multi-talented people. The video was created by Bronic Bednarek, who I create music videos with again and again. He always brings a unique creative perspective and creates beautiful videos.  Sinking Ship is my favorite of our work together thus far. Screen Shot 2014-10-05 at 10.23.29 PM

The video also features my very talented actor/musician friend, Evan Gamble. Evan and I have been writing Screen Shot 2014-10-05 at 10.31.55 PMsongs and performing together for years but we actually met in an acting class, so we love to get back to our roots and work together as actors.

 

 

To celebrate the release of the video, I collaborated with multi-talented artist, Bryden Lando, to create some new merchandise. I am very excited about his beautiful painting of me, which is available as poster prints, and his sketch of my Three Words album cover, which is available on t-shirts.

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I am so grateful to be surrounded by such incredible artists.

Love Letter

Back in January, I asked people to send me their love stories.  I recently received a wonderful letter from Mrs. Bride.  Mrs. Bride and her husband worked together at Prevent Child Abuse Vermont, the organization that I recently supported with a concert back in VT.  Now on this #ThrowBackThursday, I give you all their inspirational love story:

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Martini Time Talk Show

Here’s a fun interview I did with my friend Nadeya Ward for her new webseries “Martini Time Talk Show”: http://youtu.be/EP2YnB3r8cM

We talk about my new EP “Three Words”, filming “How I Met Your Mother” and discuss the topic of gateway drugs…but not in the way you think 😉