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Film It Productions
A: Primarily I produce, direct, write and occasionally act in family friendly and inspirational family films. I have also produced horror, and documentaries which raise awareness for causes generally surrounding special needs and disabilities. My company is Film It Productions. www.film-itproductions.comQ: Tell us about your journey thus far in your career? Did you study? If so, where or are you still in school?A: Initially I started acting in school at 8 and did some modeling in my 20’s. I also had a very nontraditional educational journey. I began acting in school and later in community and equity theater. I transitioned to films when a casting director asked me if I could drive a stick shift. I had gone to watch a film being shot in the town near where I grew up. I was 17. As it turned out it was Max Baer’s directorial debut and I worked as an extra and made it a point to watch and learn. The same casting director was handling a horror film and called and hired me. It was John Carpenter’s original Halloween. I continued to work in theater and did not work again in film until I was cast in Victor Salva’s film Powder by Jo Edna Boldin. That is a really weird story. I never auditioned, I was cast from my head shot only. I took that info and contacted a local agent in Houston who signed me. I worked on a few other films and did a lot of workshops. It wasn’t until I was 35 when I auditioned for the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in LA did I formally have any training. But none in film-making. I grew up when women were only told they could be actors. I was never told I could do something like produce and direct. So I made my first feature at 47.Q: What was your inspiration to get into this industry? Do you have any mentors you want to mention?
A: Three events served as my inspiration to get into the industry. First when I was six my grandmother took me to a theater production of Pinocchio. Second when I was seven I saw my first film at a walk in. It was Sound of Music. Both were magical and inspiring. I was bitten by the bug and never stopped wanting more. Lastly my mother would drive me frequently to CBS studios to watch various shows being taped. It became part of my education. The crews and many of the stars recognized me because we were there so often. But I have to say when I snuck backstage at the Carol Burnett show and she caught me but allowed me to stay for 15 minutes. It was like a kid going to Disney for the first time. I didn’t know how or when it would happen, but I knew I was all in. I feel mentors are vitally important to everyone.We all have them. In my case it was my 7th grade homeroom teacher Mrs. Mohajer who would encourage my creativity in so many ways. Jeannette Clift George who played Corrie Ten Boom in the Hiding Place gave me a shot as a 35 yr old intern in her theater company. She taught me so much about acting and directing. Last but not least I would have to say six-time Academy award nominated Cinematographer Billy Fraker was a great mentor. Although it was short lived. He passed away before we could work together which we were scheduled to do. But he taught me the importance of the dance between the director and the DP. He taught me how to frame shots, something I really didn’t know. He taught me to trust my gut but not to be afraid to say I don’t know.
A: My favorite project is always my current one. Every time I make a new film. I get a new education. We are always learning.Q: Any projects coming up?
A: We have a slate of several films, but my current project is The French American, which is a WWII love story, inspired by a true story.In addition, I work to help drive Federal Tax credits through HR 2450 which reinstates Section 181 of the IRS code which allows for 100% of the investment for the year the film is made to be written off. This has been an on again off again tax credit. It was reintroduced in May 2017 and has been sitting in the House Ways and Means. It basically allows me to shoot films anywhere in the US. Once it is reinstated it won’t matter what local incentives are or aren’t in place. Seems like a win-win to me. It was originally created to prevent runaway productions going out of the country to Canada. It keeps jobs in the US.
A: That we would get support for local filmmakers over those from the outside. A priority set amount of incentives be given to locals as oppose to all funds being allocated to one or two Hollywood productions. I believe this will be helpful in strengthening our local infrastructure and will create more jobs here that allows our local talent pool to work at the higher key positions rather than in the support capacity of outside projects. That we would work together in a more collaborative way and not view other people’s projects as competition.Q: Any advice/wisdom to fellow actors, filmmakers, writers etc?
A: You can choose to learn from many different people. Not all things will be helpful. Figure out what works for you, get rid of what doesn’t and get started. Be like Nike. Just do it. Follow the passion not the Naysayers, because there will be many, including the voices in your head accompanied by many eye rolls. Just let it all go and create your art with some other creative and fabulous people.