When I am not acting in or writing/directing/producing films, I work as an educator at New York City’s oldest private school for girls, as well as a college-level instructor for au pairs studying in the United States. Accordingly, I am a firm believer in, and strongly support, feminist ideas. I actively strive to reflect that in all areas of my work and life.
I have begun production on my next short film (which I also wrote), entitled ENTROPY, a sci-fi love story about Brian Au, a single scientist with a morbid fear of rejection who, during the 2020 pandemic, discovers a way to "remember" forward in time. For the female lead, I wrote a breakdown in my casting notice as follows: Mimi Frank (Lead): Female, 20-35; a young scientist who is seemingly full of contradictions: stubbornly open-minded, she’s a pious atheist; a Jewish-American Princess who went to Catholic school on a scholarship; a disinterested love interest; and a fast-talking, deep-thinker, who spends all her time trying to make time stop
FLIGHT is a love story wrapped up in a spy film. We get to be the proverbial “fly on the wall” as two unlikely spies decide between fight and flight while facing capture and betrayal.
(Spoiler alert.) In the original script, when Charlotte realizes that she has been set up, she slaps the other agent (“The Seagull”) in the face. On the day of shooting, as we walked through the blocking, I decided that a slap was too cliche, and probably played on stereotypes in a decidedly unfeminist way. So I changed the action of that scene to a “super short” fight sequence (in order to, among other things, establish that she could kick his ass if she wanted to). As it turns out, one of the producers on this, Chris Cayden, is also a mixed martial arts expert, so I called him for a quick consult right before we shot that scene, and he choreographed it for us, remotely, by Zoom.