That Intern Life

When I'm not busy doing schoolwork or working on student films, I've been lucky enough to have two different internships.

This past spring, I was a sales and development intern at FilmNation Entertainment (Arrival, Gifted). I worked in their New York office, covering scripts and novels and doing research into different aspects of the film industry. I got to read some amazing projects and learned so much about film sales. 

Now I'm in LA for the summer and have a development internship at Will Packer Productions (Straight Outta Compton, Think Like a Man, Ride Along). I haven't been here long but I'm having a great time learning about the development process. And I'm getting to explore LA a bit too!

Festival and Life Update

I'm so pleased to announce that Run, Run Away was an official Selection at the Lovett High School Film Festival where it won Best US Narrative. 

Also, 2by2 is an official Selection at the Josiah Media Festival which runs October 7th and 8th in Antonio, TX. 

And last but definitely not least, my films Run, Run Away and Potato Chips: A Salty Quest to a Flavorful Life will both be part of the All American High School Film Festival in NYC the weekend of October 7th-9th. Whoot!! 

In terms of my life, I just got back to Columbia University to start my second year. I have some projects in the works, including a music video and another narrative short. More details to come. It should be an exciting next few months!

Seattle//San Francisco

Wow! I'm so excited to announce that Run, Run Away was accepted to both the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) and The San Francisco International Film Festival (SFIFF)!

NFFTY, which will take place April 28 through May 1st in Seattle, is the largest youth film festival in the world. I can't wait to go back and catch up with some amazing filmmaker friends (as well as meet more filmmakers)! 

This is the first time one of my films has been screened at SFIFF and it's a huge honor, especially because it's in my home city. 

Please let me know if you would like to see Run, Run Away in either of these festivals.

Update on my life

I have some great news!

This semester I'm working for Refinery29, a fantastic media company that focuses on women. I will be making some short videos for them as well as helping out on some of their sets. Everyone there is super nice and helpful and I can't wait to create and learn with them!

Also, I finished a cut of Potato Chips: A Salty Quest for a Flavorful Life, a short film I shot over the summer about a man who invents a new flavor of potato chips for a flavoring competition. It's still private because of film festivals but I'll have a sneak peak out soon. 

In terms of school, I'm taking two film classes this semester, one on cult film and one on Asian and African film. Even though it's not production, it's really interesting to learn about film from a theoretical standpoint. 

Thank you All American!

Wow I'm still in shock! This weekend at the All American High School Film Festival my film 2by2 was nominated for best editing and won Best Bxperiemental film! And I won best Rising Female Star for my films 2by2 and Overflow! 

As if that wasn't enough, I got to spend the weekend catching up with good friends and fellow filmmakers Leo Pfeifer, Morgana McKenzie, Kira Burksy, Clio Gevirtz and Max Retik. It's going to be tough to go back to the real world of school work. 

In order from right to left- Max Retik, Morgana McKenzie, Kira Burksy, Me, Clio Gevirtz, Leo Pfeifer

In order from right to left- Max Retik, Morgana McKenzie, Kira Burksy, Me, Clio Gevirtz, Leo Pfeifer

England and Chips (but the American kind)

Wow crazy news. My film "2by2" was selected for the Thurrock International Film Festival in Gates, England. It would be amazing to go but unfortunately I will be stuck on this side of the pond. 

And in other news, I wrapped production on my latest film, a mockumentary about the guy who invents the new flavor of potato chip. Should be fun to edit! More updates to follow.

 

All American High School Film Festival

I'm thrilled to announce that my films On the Fence, Overflow, and 2by2 have all been selected for the All American High School Film Festival. I can't wait to go to the festival, which takes place October 9th-12th in New York City, my new home!

Festival Update

I'm please to announce that 2by2 has just been accepted at the Sidewalk film festival in Birmingham, Alabama. "Overflow was screened there last year and I couldn't be happier to be part of the festival again. I'm also thrilled to announce that this week "2by2" is NFFTY's film of the week! Check if you if you haven't already www.nffty.org/film-of-the-week/2by2.

And on Friday I'm off to Production Camp in Washington. I can't wait to reunite with the friends I made at Prodigy Camp last year. It should be lots of fun, and at the very least I'll get a short film out of it!

That's a Wrap!

After about two weeks of non stop editing I'm happy to say that I finished my latest film, "Run, Run Away". And at SF Art & Film's Film Festival it got a very warm reception. The Festival was bittersweet as it was my fifth and final one. Below is a picture of me with friend and fellow filmmaker Clio Gevirtz. She also makes great films, including Stranded and Sweet Dreams. In other news, "Overflow" won best direction and best overall at the South Bay Student Video Festival. Yay! 

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Locations Locations Locations!

I went location scouting with my dad yesterday for my new film! We found some beautiful trails in Marin that he used to play on when he was growing up. It was fun to hear him tell his stories of running through the grass with his friends, and I got very excited for this new project! 

Best Emerging Director age 15-19!

A week ago today I got home from the National Film Festival For Talented Youth, better known as NFFTY. NFFTY is the largest youth film festival in the world and is located in Seattle, WA. It is an amazing four day festival filled with screenings, pannels and networking. This year I met and reconnected with so many creative and talented people from around the globe. And at the end of the festival I was named the Best Emerging Filmmaker age 15-19. I was so shocked I forgot my name when they announced it until my friend Morgana started screaming like the loudest soccer mom you’ve ever heard. Thank you so much NFFTY for creating such an inspiring and encouraging environment. 

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US Presidential Scholars Semifinalist

Here's me with the other National YoungArts Finalists in Miami

Here's me with the other National YoungArts Finalists in Miami

I am thrilled to announce that I just found out I am a semifinalist for the US Presidential Scholars in the Arts. This is an extension from YoungArts' National Week which I participated in earlier this year in January. YoungArts week was definitely one of the best weeks of my life. I met so many talented people who I can't wait to work with again!