Director. Writer. Filmmaker.
I’ve DIRECTED more than 60 hours of film & television including series, features, and shorts. I've WRITTEN television movies, features, both web & television series, as well as pilots.
I hope to soon be directing FAIR FIGHT with producers Double Nickel Entertainment. A political drama, 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. I hope you'll read this DEADLINE article.
My pilot KINKS, about an iconoclast sex therapist, was selected for the 2017 WGA Writer’s Access Program and a WGA Drama Queens Best Spec Pilot. The script is being produced by Piller Segan and eOne Television. I'm currently a finalist in the Sundance New Visions Lab with my web series GETTING WARMER.
I recently completed HERE NOW, starring Amy Brenneman, shot by ASC cinematographer Nancy Schreiber, produced by Nancy Rae Stone on grants from Panavision and Technicolor. We've been honored by The Holly and LA Shorts Festivals.
As a champion of other women who direct I have chaired the DGA Women's Steering Committee, and am a member of The Alliance of Women Directors, Film Fatales, and WIMPS. I've also taught directing in the MFA program at The USC School of Cinematic Arts.
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”, the opportunity for which I'm especially grateful.