This morning I write to you from the fine services of Megabus…. hahaha. 🙂 I am currently on my way to Birmingham from Atlanta to do some work and see family & friends before heading out to Wisconsin for the Flyway Film Festival! Rebecca and I will travel together as both of our short films are playing in the opening night shorts block on Friday. It will be good to spend some time with her, as we’ve been a busy couple of bees for the last few months. I finally got to see her movie a few weeks back, and it is fantastic.

I finished up my script treatments for Bird and Mad this past week, which I am very proud to report. Now that I’ve completed them, I’ve realized it is pretty much a no-brainer that you would need treatments to present/pitch a film concept to any third-party. Not only that, but it really helped me flesh out my concept for Mad before diving into the screenplay itself…which I plan to do next week. I am excited to start getting feedback on them.

Here are my loglines for both just to give you a quick sample:

BIRD
Ollie Bird, an aspiring Broadway actress, is a performer in Brooklyn’s brothel district in the early 20th century when she crosses paths with a beloved friend who alters her life to Storyville, New Orleans, where her dreams become farther and farther out of reach.

MAD
Eager to cover female social justice issues, 20-year-old Nellie Bly quits her mundane reporting job and takes on the high-risk assignment of going undercover in one of New York City’s most notorious insane asylums in the mid-19th century to document the mistreatment of its patients. Based on a true story.

Since Bird is already written, I am all ears on how to get it out into the world and read by the right people. While at the Flyway Film Festival, I will be taking part in a workshop where local actors will act out five pages of the script that I choose. In the very near future I want to do a full table reading either in Birmingham or Atlanta as well to listen to the spoken dialog and get feedback.

While in Wisconsin, Bubble will also be screening at the Orlando Film Festival! I wish I could be in two places at once. Orlando has been so great to us.

Our new pup Cilantro is fitting in perfectly with our little family. The kitties are warming up to her (Azza is a big fan) and our routines are adjusting accordingly. It is no small feat incorporating a dog into your life – there are so many things you have to be prepared for. They need plenty of love, attention and exercise. After seeing all of those sweet faces at the Atlanta Humane Society that needed homes it’s hard to believe that anyone buys pets anymore. I am a big supporter of the Don’t Shop, Adopt! campaign. If you are looking for a new pet for your family, you should consider rescuing! They will be forever grateful, and you will be forever happy.

Azza

Azza