For the past 29 years, Chicago has hosted an amazing assortment of Latin American made films at the CLFF. This year shall be no different with the addition of a new segmentsponsored by the Academy of Motion Pictures which is getting me ultra-excited. Whenever I get a chance to see foreign movies on the big screen ( especially if they are from my homeland) I make sure not to miss it.
I couldn’t wait to take Elliott to see Central Station, starring the legendary Fernanda Montenegro, but due to a conflict in schedule neither of us will be able to make it. It’s all good though because there’s still a number of exceptionally good stories to be seen, like Past Minutes, product of labor of my good friend and talented producer Luana Lobo with Maria Farinha Filmes. Above, a selection of the films I have my eyes on. Granted, just like me, most of them are Brazilian.
Last year a little before summer began to fade, I asked my husband to snap a few shots of me in a bikini while at my in-laws pool. I had recently flown in back from Brazil, meaning I was eating like there was no tomorrow and we were on our way back from the perfect weekend getaway. When I looked at the camera monitor to see how the photos were coming out, I nearly had a breakdown. I saw something I’d been avoiding for months.
It was a version of myself I did not care for. Far beyond my ideal weight, I couldn’t help but feel very, very angry for the lack of respect for my own well-being. Oh yes, I cried. I also jumped in the pool, clothes-on because I’m dramatic like that. Now, before anyone starts making assumptions, I’m not talking about a serious case of obesity, an eating disorder, peer or media pressure. This is about me, an average size girl who lost track of her continuously terrible eating habits. And if you don’t believe me, I put on belly weight only, and some face. Easy to sneak-in.
It’s been days since I’ve wanted to extend a very special invitation to my Midwest folks. Last month I’ve made my Chicago theatre debut in a first-time adaptation based on oscar-nominated screenplay The Goddess by Paddy Chayefsky at The Artistic Home. Set in Hollywood’s Golden Age, the play shines a white-hot spotlight on the making of a Hollywood star, Rita Shawn and her quest for fame and love.
A little insider’s secret, the story is rumored to be based off Marilyn Monroe’s life, besides Chayefsky denial. The brilliancy of it all comes with the realization that even though the story takes place over six decades ago, the topic has never been so current. I’ve been directed by the superb, John Mossman and it has truly been an honor. We were welcomed with a Jeff Recommendation,exciting press and fantastic reviews following opening while I get to play Hollywood dress-up four nights a week.
When I first learned I’d get to be a zombie in Goodnight My Love my first reaction was: YES! Second reaction following immediately after, I rushed to the remote control to watch an episode oh Walking Dead and start making zombie noises. You know, to perfect my growling skills. I knew I’d have to rely on the makeup department for a lot of the characterization and they were nothing short of amazing. Catherine Woods is a hell of a makeup artist. Everything looked so real (and disgusting) I had a hard time looking directly in the mirror and at other zombies after the transformation.
Who would have thought I could go from bride to zombie in one day? Not long ago I didn’t even watch Walking Dead and soon after becoming addicted to the show I was cast in a zombie flick. So can you imagine my excitement in being part of this? I think you can give it a shot but no amount of guessing will describe my enthusiasm. “Goodnight My Love” was shot in two days. Flashbacks, dream sequences and zombie chases. Pretty cool, huh?
But underneath it all lays a story about human relationships. A homosexual couple lost everything they know in a zombie apocalypse. No matter the circumstances, “people need human contact” as once said Tennessee Williams through one of his characters dialogues and that’s what keep people fighting for survivalI’m extremely proud of this project for many many reasons, a few of them being my talented director and screenwriter Kellee Terrell (thank you so much for giving me the gift to play Aimee) Kristin Anderson for being such an amazing actor and challenging me to raise my bar, Elizabeth Brouillette and Conor O’Farrell for producing a kick ass short.
I promised I’d keep you updated on new projects I’ve been involved in, so here you go. Currently I’m in the process of filming Picture Perfect (that I’ve mentioned here) , an independent short by SWJC productions.
I get to play an ambitious model with twisted values who’s willing to do whatever it takes to reach her goals, even if it means hurting a few hearts along the way, including her own
If you follow her on instagram (and if you don’t, you really should) you’re probably very familiar with these beautiful frames accenting her dining space.
Sam operates her business from home, making it very understandable why she would wanna keep everything very neat and organized. Not to mention the attention to detail.
And I’m not the only one who agrees she has a knack for interior decorating. The girls at Refinery29 were quite impressed themselves.
Anyone out there inspired? I’m ready to rearrange some furniture! This brings us to the end of our “date with Sam” session. Hope you enjoyed getting to know this amazing girl, her dog Otis and her sweet little place!