Fools by Martin Walker

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Don't F*CK w/SAG

My Sag rep almost gave me a heart attack the other day because he has not received my SAG paper work for the two days of shooting for Love Song. We played phone tag for about a 2 weeks. It was very hard getting through to him on the phone and the last message that he left me said something along the lines of being fined and getting an injunction put on the film EEEEEEEEEEEK!

This is the last thing any filmmaker wants to hear. I sent him an email letting him know that I had sent the paperwork and had the tracking number from the post office. I told him I had copies I could send him. The email was followed by another two calls and finally, on Monday we spoke.

All is good now, I can breathe again. He said I can send him the copies but I need to sign a few documents that they need originals of.

The almost heart attack is over and I'm grateful to my SAG rep for following up on the status of the project. So to all your actors out there, your union does work for you:-)

I love my actors and I would never mess with their union. Despite what Christine may have said on one of the earlier blogs, WE LOVE SAG.


Our Cast - Part II - Love Song (Dirty Virgin's Gig)

Onahoua & The Fabulous Miss Wendy

Onahoua, The Fabulous Miss Wendy & Gerry - Where's Justin??

Onahoua & The Fabulous Miss Wendy


We are waiting on additional pics because apparently someone has all the pics of David Villar (Dustin). You can scroll down and see him with ME. Yes, I know, I'm the envy of all the girls but if you ask nicely, he'll hug you & pose for a picture with you too:-)

I have a hot pic of Justin taking his shirt off but I should ask him if it's ok to post yet another picture of him w/out a shirt - what do you say Justin?


Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Lydia - Onahoua's play - Variety Review

If you should speak to or email Ona, she does not want to hear about the reviews (even when they are good).


(Space Theater, Denver; 235 seats; $48 top) A Denver Center Theater Company presentation of a play in two acts by Octavio Solis. Directed by Juliette Carillo.

Ceci - Onahoua Rodriguez
Misha - Carlo Alban
Rene - Rene Millan
Rosa - Catalina Maynard
Claudio - Ricardo Guitierrez
Alvaro - Christian Barillas
Lydia - Stephanie Beatriz


Catharsis and dysfunction battle for the last word in Octavio Solis' poetic and psychologically disturbing new work, "Lydia," world-premiering as part of the Colorado New Play Summit. Ceci, who suffered a traumatic head injury in a car accident three days before her quinceanera, lives in two worlds: one clear-thinking and lyrical at the core of her otherwise damaged brain, and the other spasmodic and gurgling, unable to communicate with the outside world. Together, these disparate worlds provide a recipe for magical realism with a psycho-physiological twist.

As the narrator, Ceci (Onahoua Rodriguez) lucidly shares her inner-most thoughts and desires with the audience, painting a landscape filled with dreamy images; as a character, she struggles to communicate her most basic needs with her Mexican immigrant family in El Paso, Texas.

Her mother, Rosa (Catalina Maynard) -- exhausted from her daily trials of tending to Ceci, her surly husband and two demanding sons -- takes a job to get out of the house. Enter Lydia (Stephanie Beatriz), a young and attractive illegal, as the family's new maid.

"Who are you?" asks younger son Misha (Carlo Alban). Indeed, as scribe Solis plays it out, we wonder whether she is the Angel of Mercy or of Death. The answer depends upon our existential disposition; it also determines whether the play is a comedy or tragedy. The script's detailed examination of diverse subject matter -- ranging from Hispanic immigration and assimilation to materialism to incest -- argues for tragedy, but the characters' happiness depends upon comedy.

In the scribe's hyperbolic storyline, the dark side wins out, as sexual boundaries fall prey to taboos and the poetry of despair. Instead of an instrument of healing, Lydia serves as a catalyst for further family dysfunction and disintegration. Plot twists offering comedic resolutions to the central conflict of Ceci's salvation are ignored.

Miracles abound, however, in the performances, led by a transcendent Rodriguez, who alternately breaks the fourth wall, sharing Ceci's poetic and passionate soul, and then breaks our hearts, struggling to express these feelings to her family.

Beatriz's beatific equanimity infuses Lydia with enigmatic qualities that heighten the scribe's intended moral ambiguity. Alban, as Misha, forces us to admire the young man's courage, even if we find his choices untenable. Rene Millan crafts an edgy and unsettled Rene, the older brother wrestling with his sexuality in a macho culture.

We empathize with Maynard's Rosa, whose American dream has gone sadly awry. Ricardo Guitierrez, as Claudio, the husband and father, harnesses the anger and tristesse of the dispossessed immigrant everyman, each appearance generating palpable tension. And Christian Barillas's Alvaro, the distant cousin and former beau to Ceci, pains us with his misplaced patriotic zeal offered as proof of an American pedigree.

Scribe demands attention with his jazzy mix of Spanglish, poetry, pop lyrics, magical realism and emotional insight, but allows shock value to overtake the imperatives of character, leaving us bereft of a transformative experience.

Set, Antje Ellermann; costumes, Christal Weatherly; lighting, Charles R. MacLeod; original music, Chris Webb; sound, Kimberly Fuhr; fight direction, Geoffrey Kent; production stage manager, Lyle Raper. Opened Jan. 24, 2008. Reviewed Jan. 25. Running time: 2 HOURS, 35 MIN.

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Monday, January 28, 2008

Movies By Women Audio Podcast 04: DIRECTORS' CAREER PATH

MBW Audio Podcast 04: Movies we wish were directed by women
Release Date: 2008/01/24
Running Time: 47:06
Format & Size: Quicktime MP3 30.2MB
This week in the MoviesByWomen audio podcast 04: In Episode 4, the ladies discuss their career path and the hurdles of working a full time job while directing a film. They chat about upcoming films by women, where is actress Alicia Silverstone, the correct pronunciation of actor Ralph Fiennes, and the topic of documentary filmmaking.


This episode hosts include Tara Veneruso, Stephanie Young, Lucy Rodriguez Watson, and Heidi Martinuzzi.
This week’s Resources:
NY Magazine, NY Times, LA Times (film sections)
Melissa Silverstein’s Blog:
New York Women In Film and Television:
RISK the movie:

Upcoming Films directed by women (our recommendations):
(Lucy) I Could Never Be Your Woman, directed by Amy Heckerling
(Heidi) Stop Loss, directed by Kimberly Pierce
(Stephanie) The Hurt Locker, directed by Kathryn Bigelow

Visit the Alliance of Women Directors online at:
And our podcast host, 1245_VINE_industries:

Our Cast - Love 10 to 1 (The first story) Jenny & her girlfriends

Ashley, Jesse, Shireen & Cazzie

Ashley, Jesse, Shireen & Cazzie

Jesse, Shireen & Cazzie

Christine directs the ladies


Review: "Lydia" – Onahoua’s new play

If you should speak to or email Ona, she does not want to hear about the reviews (even when they are good).



Friday, January 25, 2008

Show Some Love To My New Blog - The Canyon Nymphs

It's still a work in progress, I need to add some pictures and when the rain lets up, maybe trek on new grounds.

Take A Hike,


Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Our Super Crew - Part II

The Directors (with Shireen) - Christine, Lucy, Shireen & Laura

Dominik (our A.D.) & Brian

Justin & Jenna (one of our Producers)

Matt, Brian & Carrie

Lynn, Brian, Jenna & Lucy

The Oscars

Another year without a nomination for a female director - Julie Taymor's Across The Universe should have been a contender.

We'll take what we can get - Congratualtions Ladies.

Adapted Screenplay: Sarah Polley “Away from Her";

Original Screenplay: Diablo Cody, "Juno";
Nancy Oliver, "Lars and the Real Girl";
Tamara Jenkins, "The Savages."

Best animated feature film: Marjane Satrapi (co-director) "Persepolis"

I'm very upset that Frank Langella's performance in Starting Out In The Evening was overlooked.


Friday, January 18, 2008

Movies By Women - AUDIO Podcasts 02 & 03

MBW Audio Podcast 02: Teens & Film History, Writer's Strike
Release Date: 2008/01/10
Running Time: 36:34
Format & Size: Quicktime MP3 29.3MB
This week in the MoviesByWomen audio podcast 02: Join us as we discuss the writer’s strike, first time director mistakes, teens learning to make films, pitfalls of actor/producers, and film sound. Our hosts include Tara Veneruso, Stephanie Young, Lucy Rodriguez Watson, and Heidi Martinuzzi. Don't forget to tune into the "What do British people eat?" segment at the end of the show!


This episode hosts include Tara Veneruso, Stephanie Young, Lucy Rodriguez Watson, and Heidi Martinuzzi.
Other resources include:
The Writer’s Guild:
Visit the Alliance of Women Directors online:
And our podcast host, 1245_VINE_industries:

MBW Audio Podcast 03: Movies we wish were directed by women
Release Date: 2008/01/17
Running Time: 35:25
Format & Size: Quicktime MP3 28.4MB
This week in the MoviesByWomen audio podcast 03: The team each share a unique experience or challenge that they faced during a day of film production. We become better filmmakers by learning from our (and others) mistakes, so let us spread the wealth! Also, we discuss movies we wish were directed by women, the 1994 Los Angeles earthquake, and we discuss with chagrin why historical women filmmakers have almost vanished from film history.


This episode hosts include Tara Veneruso, Stephanie Young, Lucy Rodriguez Watson, and Heidi Martinuzzi.
This week’s Resources:
Independent Women Filmmakers:
Film Independent:
The First Weekenders Group:
And our podcast host, 1245_VINE_industries:

Thursday, January 10, 2008


One of the things I keep myself busy with is Movies by Women. Check out the website at

Join the First Weekender’s Group and support women directed features by seeing them the first weekend they are in the theaters.

We just started doing audio podcasts. These have been a lot of fun and I get to work with another group of talented women. The podcasts are four women and guests discussing various topics as they relate to films, filmmaking and how we as women can encourage and empower others to make movies. The first four episodes were a bit on the long side but we are going to keep the rest to 30 minutes.

Tara Veneruso who runs Movies by Women is someone I consider a mentor and a friend. I met her when she was teaching a seminar on digital filmmaking at Film Independent a few years ago. Alliance of Women Director’s Stephanie Young, and’s Heidi Martinuzzi are also on board. I look forward to a fruitful collaboration with them.

So what are you waiting for – check out the 1st of the podcasts.

Scroll to the middle of the page and click on AUDIO PODCAST 01: INTRODUCTION & DIRECTORS WE'RE WATCHING.


Our Super Crew - Part I

The Camera Crew - Isaiah, Leah, Paul & Sandra

Grip & Electric - Casey, Jeff & Brian (Amy our script sup. in background)

Carrie the sound master



Greetings Folks & Welcome to 2008

I’m very excited at the possibilities this year holds for me. Love Song will finally see the light of day. I’m so excited about that, I’ve lived with these characters for so long and it will be such a relief to FINALLY bring them to life. My actors are AMAZING and I deeply love and appreciate their contribution. Onahoua Rodriguez, David Villar, Justin Klosky, Daniella Alonso and Mari Marks are wonderful people and I am so blessed that they are still with me despite the length of time it’s taken.

During the last round of production I made a lot changes to the script. Changes that were not in the best interest of the story. After the first round of production, I went through a period of hibernation. I’ve seen Christine and Laura three times since November. Most of that time was spent getting my energy back and enjoying the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays.

In early December I re-read the script and IT SUCKED. I went back to the version that I intended on shooting and changed one of the scenes that took place in Dustin’s office. That scene now takes place at Shane and Dustin’s house. The day we had the office, I was not able to shoot my scenes and we were not going to be able to go back to that location. I guess things happen for a reason because the story is where I need it to be and having that scene take place in the house makes more sense.

Our production guru Brian Sorbo gave me a great piece of advice. He told me that “You never get to go back to your projects...time pushes on relentlessly. What you do now you live with for the rest of your life, so it is imperative that you speak with your true voice. You must live your life and create your projects from your heart. Nothing else will survive. The things that you do from your heart will feed you throughout your life.” He’s right. I will carry this with me forever because it’s so true.

I got swept up in the momentum of certain situations and I lost sight and sound of my voice. With so many people telling you so many different ways to do something you sometimes forget to ask yourself how to get it done. You should listen to the advice of others but you must trust your instincts and follow your heart and mind. The best way to sum it up is to heed Polonius' advice to his son Laertes in Hamlet; “This above all: to thine own self be true”.

I am also super excited because I heard the song that The Fabulous Miss Wendy wants me to shoot a video for. In exchange for using her song in my film, I told her I’d shoot a video for one of the songs on her upcoming album. The song is called “Jailbait”. I’ll let you know when it’s on iTunes. I sent her two treatments and I’ll see which one she likes. Jenna Edwards is going to produce that for me. Jenna and I want to shoot 3-4 videos for bands we know and use that to generate work directing and producing music videos.

I did not make any resolutions this year, except to keep on working towards my goals.

I hope 2008 proves to be a successful year for all. Onward & Upwards



About The Three Shorts

Christine Le wrote and directed the 1st story Love 10 to 1.
The first story explores the life of a 29-year-old virgin, Jenny, who desperately wants to lose her virginity before her 30th birthday. As she encounters one loser after another on dates, Jenny pines after her boss, Dustin. While at her grandmother’s retirement home, Jenny learns a powerful lesson from her grandmother about sex and the meaning of life.

Christine Le (right) directs Shireen Nomura Mui (Jenny) & Justin Klosky (Jim).

Lucy Rodriguez wrote and directed Love Song.
The second story revolves around Shane, the lead singer of the L.A. rock band, Dirty Virgin. Shane has her pick of admirers but it’s her roommate Dustin she wants to be with. Shane confesses her feelings on Jackie and Jared’s show but when Dustin meets Cali, Shane’s shot at love starts to dwindle. With Dirty Virgin about to embark on a world tour, will Dustin realize that he’s the object of Shane’s affections? Will they risk their friendship to give this Love Song a chance?

Lucy Rodriguez & David Villar (Dustin)

Laura Somers wrote and directed Diving Lessons.
The final story picks up where Love 10 to 1 left off, but from the perspective of Jim, the guitarist of Dirty Virgin. Jim sees Jenny at a swimming pool, trying desperately to overcome her fear of diving. In fact, he finds out that she’s making a list of everything that she’s afraid of and trying to overcome them, one by one. He is instantly smitten and tries to convince her that he’s not just a rock star who ‘loves ‘em and leaves ‘em’. Can a rock star find love with a virgin?

Shireen Nomura-Mui, Laura Somers & Justin Klosky

Leah Anova is the Director of Photography for Love 10 to 1 & Diving Lessons.

Additional Cinematography on Diving Lessons by Erik Forsell

Matthew Boyd is the Director of Photography for Love Song.