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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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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Boogie For The Arts

I just finished a great weekend in the Destin, Florida area!  I LOVE the South. The people were incredibly friendly and I had the honor to share the stage with inspiring songwriter from Nashville Bryan Kennedy and the fantastic Forrest Williams Band.

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I started out my Florida trip by joining my good friend Marlyse Londe Phlaum in an interview by Claire Bannerman and Sherry Londe on 30A Radio 107.1. I talked a bit about my music and Marlyse and I promoted the benefit concert for the Arts in Medicine program at Sacred Heart Hospital of Emerald Coast, “Boogie For The Arts”. Marlyse was to be the MC for the event and I would be performing.

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Recording in Tahoe

I just got back from a week in Lake Tahoe, recording with producer, Tyler Lewis. It was an incredible journey. I decided to make the 8 hour drive to Tahoe from LA and I’m so glad I did.

The Journey

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I left the beach behind, drove through the desert (I foolishly wore black leggings for the drive and was completely overheating — oops!), past some gorgeous lakes, and then on into the mountains. Such a beautiful drive!

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