Fools by Martin Walker

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Another Song Cleared

I just heard back from Martin Walker letting me use his song "Fools" for Love Song. Matt and I are back at work on the rough cut and we stopped editing on the spot where that song goes (it was already 1:30am and I had to be at work at 8:30am the next day). I was praying that I'd hear back before Matt and I meet today. So on to finishing the cut.



Friday, January 23, 2009

Serendipitous Moments in Creating Work

The coolest thing happened to me last weekend.

Watson, our music supervisor, had given me a cd of some songs to consider using for Diving Lessons. I took a listen and totally fell in love with one particular track by an artist by the name of Adam Yorke - you can check him out on - his song is called "In Love and Doubt" - a great upbeat number and I really want to use it for the opening of Diving Lessons. I must have listened to it about a hundred times.

My co-worker invited me to go listen to her boyfriend's band last Friday night, at some random bar in North Hollywood (of all places!). My boyfriend and I arrived thinking that we were going to miss the band - he was scheduled for 9:30 but discovered that all the acts were late and the boyfriend's band was scheduled to go last. So we stuck around - and when the second act came up, Mr. Yorke, came out with only an acoustic guitar, and suddenly started belting out the words to this song I'd been obsessing over! I couldn't believe it. I had to take advantage of my luck and so I approached him after his set - and chatted with him for a bit. He's a really nice guy, and is definitely interested in working with me. If I could only be so lucky with the rest of the music...

Saturday, January 17, 2009


2009 is going to be a great year!
Congrats Love 10 to 1, Love Song and Diving Lessons. Dive into love.


Thursday, January 15, 2009

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Wednesday, January 07, 2009


Happy New Year Everybody.

We are getting closer to finishing the film, we'll keep you updated once we have more to report.

I am grateful for all the accomplishments 2008 brought my way. I am thankful that I was able to shoot my piece of the film and that we got everything "in the can". Wish us luck as we finish our rough cuts.

I wanted to congratulate Onahoua (our Shane, my sister) in winning the Ovation Award (Denver) for Best Actress for the play Lydia. She's currently in rehearsals at the Yale Rep for the same production.

Thanks to all of you who read our blog, feel free to leave us comments and send us emails.

Here's to a a proactive and productive 2009.



When Drummers Sing

A drummer is often overlooked. They sit in the background, propelling the rhythm, beat and movement. The singer and the guitar player have the spotlight and the drummer and the bass player usually get left behind.

A magical thing happens when the drummer moves up front to the mike. You get Dave Grohl, Don Henley, Phill Collins, Ringo anyone? Anymore out there? Yes, my myspace friend Mark Pickerel.

Mark used to drum for the Screaming Trees, the Seattle band that came up with the likes of Nirvana, Pearl Jam & Alice in Chains to name a few. By the time the Screaming Trees reached their pinnacle with the song “I Nearly Lost You” featured on the Singles soundtrack, Mark had already left the band to follow the beat of his own drum.

I had the privilege of finding his music when I was looking for songs for my film. I fell in love with “I’ll Wait” and I’m hoping that he lets me use the song for the film. He sent me a message saying that if I came to his show and bought him a drink he’ll give me a great deal on the songJ

So I urge all of you to please support Mark at the Knitting Factory on 1/24. He’s from Seattle and needs all the LA Love we can give. If you can’t make it, then please forward this to the music lovers in your life.

The best way to describe Mark’s music is melancholic rockabilly but that’s just me. Take a listen & enjoy.

In no particular order these are my favorites, why? Because I feel like he wrote them all for me, that's the magic of a great song, when you feel like it belongs to you and you alone.
I’ll Wait
Cherokee Grove
Graffiti Girl
Let Me Down Easy


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.