Sorry for the light posting. My students are all in the middle of making films, so my job is pretty busy right now, and I took on an additional super-cool project. If you’re in Chicago, come see By The Way, Meet Vera Stark at the Goodman Theatre this spring. It’s a play about the African American actresses who played maids in Hollywood in the 1930s, written by Pulitzer-prize winning playwright Lynn Nottage. I’m line-producing and working as the First Assistant Director for the film-within-the-play that opens the second act.
My colleague Vaun Monroe is directing, and we’re collaborating with the Goodman’s amazing cast and crew of designers and set builders and props people. We’re shooting black & white, 35mm film in the style of 1930s melodramas like Jezebel* or The Flame of New Orleans (We have a film historian on our crew – How awesome is that? – and I’m pretty sure our cinematographer said something about using pantyhose filters to get 1930s glamour closeups).
For those of you who don’t know what a line producer or a 1st AD does, I make the budget and the schedule, recruit the crew, negotiate costs for rentals, make the contracts, manage the money, and on the day of the shoot I make sure everything happens on schedule and all of the paperwork is filled out. Chief problem-solver and get-shit-done person, basically, or, the person who translates the stuff the creative team says at meetings into to-do lists, or, the person who must always keep her cell phone on. It’s a great honor to be involved in the project, and I love the script and the work. But it’s not a writerly mode of existence, for sure.
Commander Logic also has her hands full…with a new baby! That’s kind of a way bigger deal than a short movie, but I have not met said baby yet so do not have a 200 word synopsis of said baby ready to go. From what I gather from the Twitter, “sleepy” and “small for a human, large for a baby” are what we have going on.
Let’s make this an open thread. Seen any good movies lately? Have a question for the commentariat?
Edited to Add: Are you working on anything cool we should know about? Based on a comment in the thread, I’m deciding to allow self-promotion of blogs/creative projects/crowdfunding/Etsy stores in this thread only, by regular readers only with a few caveats. Spam will still be deleted. If you never comment here but are de-lurking just to self-promote for commercial purposes, maybe refrain. Please don’t just post links without descriptions – introduce us to the work and let us know what we’ll find at the link, give content notes. Definitely warn if it’s NSFW.
A lot of us make art, and if we do this right it could be a cool repository of the art this community makes.
*ALL of Bette Davis’s reactions need to be animated .gifs. All of them.