Director. Writer. Filmmaker.
I’ve directed more than 60 hours of television - SERIES for ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CW, PBS, HBO, THE DISNEY CHANNEL, NICKELODEON - MOVIES for THE SYFY CHANNEL and LIFETIME TELEVISION, and AWARD WINNING SHORTS produced on grants and distributed widely. I've written MOVIES for FREEFORM and LIFETIME TELEVISION and optioned FEATURES, EPISODES, PILOTS, and WEB SERIES to TNT, FX, MATTEL, and many fine producers.
I hope to soon be directing FAIR FIGHT with Double Nickel Entertainment. A political thriller, the story is based on the extraordinary life of Fair Pay activist Lilly Ledbetter. I'm honored to have been selected for The Athena List and The NYWIFT Ravenal Foundation Directing Grant. Please read the DEADLINE article.
My pilot KINKS, about an iconoclast sex therapist, selected for the 2017 WGA Writer’s Access Program and a WGA Drama Queens Best Spec Pilot, was just sold to eOne Television and Piller Segan Productions. I'm currently a finalist in the Sundance New Visions Lab with my web series GETTING WARM.
HERE NOW, my new short film starring Amy Brenneman and shot by ASC cinematographer Nancy Schreiber, has been selected for Holly Shorts and LA Shorts Festivals, both Academy qualifiers.
Backstory: My father was a dentist in the Bronx, my mother a movie lover and Borscht Belt singer with an older brother who became a successful (Blacklisted) Hollywood screenwriter. My Russian grandparents were labor organizers. At an early age my imagination was sparked by actors like Barbara Stanwyck and Bette Davis illuminating social issues in movies like “How Green Was My Valley” and “Pinky.”
At the age of five I was a professional child actor. I played Richard Kiley’s daughter on "The Defenders", sang jingles with Louie Armstrong, and was the voice of Lucy in Peanuts. I attended The School of Visual Arts, Parsons School of Design, and Sarah Lawrence College where I concentrated on visual and literary storytelling with writing giants such as Grace Paley and Ed Doctorow. I received an MFA in film directing at NYU where my thesis film "Giustina" won Best Short at The NY and Chicago Film Festivals, garnering production grants from The American Film Institute, The National Endowment for the Arts, & The Jerome Foundation - enabling me to continue making movies.
Early in my career I worked as a storyboard artist and pre-viz coordinator for directors Peter Yates, Brian DePalma, and Jerry Belson, while optioning my first screenplays to Jon Avnet, Ridley Scott, and Jodie Foster. When Steven Bochco saw one of my shorts he hired me to direct “Doogie Howser”, an opportunity for which I'm especially grateful. I'm an activist for gender parity in Hollywood, I've been an adjunct professor in directing and writing at USC and LMU, and I live in L.A. with my husband and our two amazing children.