BITE ME screens June 23 in Arcata, CA

We are so thrilled that THE JOYFUL VAMPIRE TOUR OF AMERICA will make a stop here in Arcata, CA Sunday, June 23rd.  Screening in the main hall of The Minor Theatre at 4:30pm (Tickets HERE) With a Q&A and after party to follow.  This screening is being co-produced by WICA and The Minor.  Writer, Actress, Producer and amazing women-in-film advocate, Naomi McDougall Jones will be here in person, along with their RV and documentarian, Kiwi Callahan. Don't miss out!  For more:

WICA women-in-film co-founders

Our nickname for ourselves is WICA (Women In The Collaborative Arts). This image from our first gathering, Sept. 2018, at Richard's Goat.  We are forming a female-centric production company and a women-in-film entity up here, behind the redwood curtain, on California's north coast.

(left to right are the co-founding filmmakers):

Laura Montagna, Maria Matteoli, Tawny Foskett, and Cassandra Hesseltine

52nd Humboldt Int'l Film Festival

I'm so delighted to have been selected as one of the 3 judges for this year's festival.

HIFF is the oldest student-run festival in the world.  I helped with the festival each year, while

a student at Humboldt State, from which I graduated in 2004.

52nd Humboldt International Film Festival

  • The Minor Theatre, Arcata, CA

  • April 19th-23rd, 2019

NYWIFT Photography Showcase

This photo, taken by Dan VanZant, who also served as Sound Recordist (from Day 1 on set of my current film, Natasha & Sam) will be one of 30 photographs featured in

NYWIFT's Women Calling the Shots Photography Showcase exhibit:

  • Tuesday, July 24th, 2018

  • at the Whitebox Gallery (329 Broome St, NYC)

  • from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Admission is free.

Teaching at HFF, June 2018

Again this summer, I had the chance to teach at the HFF (University of Television and Film, Munich), for the cinematography class my friend, Sanne Kurz, takes on, which is comprised of the new crop of 6 students.  This year I did a one-day masterclass which included directing actors, yoga, a sense walk, and open discussions about the set, preproduction, casting and more.  Sanne's cinematography students each become directors on a short film that goes through all stages of production, and is shot on 35mm, then developed by hand, and finally edited by the directors.

Natasha & Sam now in Post

​February 9th-11th, 2018 we shot what I expected to be some "practice scenes" from my feature script,​ Natasha & Sam (see the post below).  However, such an amazing group of collaborators came together; from actors who gave weeks of their time to explore with me, to a dream crew that signed on solely from interest in vision of the project and my promises that it would be a fun, sane, creative and respectful environment.  Working in the beliefs of remembering "the obstacles are the road" and trying to do less and do it better, we ended up with what will actually be a full on short, proof-of-concept film, based on my feature.

Watch the teaser trailer on Vimeo

Rehearsal/Sketch to shoot Feb. 2018

As part of my research, and as well for my thesis, I’ll be doing a production I’m calling Rehearsal/Sketch. Primarily filmed as a documentary, this will witness myself as director and local actors developing and rehearsing key scenes from Natasha & Sam (my dramatic feature in development) and then showcasing the final product of those scenes.   All the while we’ll be exploring new modes of being on set and collaboration, which are less hierarchical than the standard Industry practice and in service of the female gaze.  This rehearsal work will primarily be comprised of improvisations used for rewrites.  

From working in Montreal with local actors, who can be any ethnicity or height, etc. I’ll hone in on both the characters, the story and my directing practice.

Munich - summer 2017

Co-teaching & Crowdfunding talk

In June I had the honor to co-teach a summer workshop with my friend, Sanne Kurz, at the HFF in Munich where she is on the faculty.  The workshop was for her cinematography class, as they stepped into the shoes of a director and made a short film on 35mm.

On July 3rd, Sanne and I presented on Crowdfunding at the HFF and hosted by Münchner Filmwerkstatt e.V. for a local audience of filmmakers.  Sanne and I shared what we have gleaned from the 5 crowdfunding projects we have been involved with or initiated, and methods and actions that lead to success in this endeavor.  

In Focus: Desirée de Jesus

June 2017

Watch the 2-minute profile video I made of  Desirée de Jesus, a Public Scholar at Concordia University and PhD candidate, whose research is on girlhood in contemporary cinema.

Film Fatales, Montreal

May 2017

I became a proud new, honorary member of the Montreal chapter of Film Fatales.

Film Fatales

MFA Open Studios, Concordia University

February 2016

I collaborated with Farid Yahaghi, for a 16mm projection, with digital projection, on: 

at the MFA Studio Arts "Open Studios" Exhibition at Concordia University