Friday, August 30, 2013


today's friday pick is our own film 'perfection. writer/director/actress christina beck cut together this interview she and i did during shooting, where we talked about the making of this lovely film. in this interview christina and i discuss story, and the themes of our movie, which if you resonate with them, please retweet and repost on your fb page, blogs,'s great to have support!

'perfection' is screening in nyc september 28th at the quad cinema. hope you enjoy our behind-the-scenes interview. watch more interviews with the filmmakers here and here. xoxo blessings, annette

Friday, August 23, 2013


another documentary is my film friday pick. undefeated is a study in great characters, tension and and high stakes. this movie won an academy award. a classic story well-told. watch it here. xo, annette

Friday, August 16, 2013


film friday pick is going waaaaaay back......

my brother-in-law keva rosenfeld, directed his first film in 1984. it's an amazing high school documentary called 'all american high' and it's screening saturday night in santa monica with amy heckerling's classic high school film 'fast times at ridgemont high'.  both directors will be at the screening.

there's nothing more to say about these two films except that to see them together on the big screen will be, in the words of jeff spicoli, "awesome! totally awesome!"

Sunday, August 11, 2013


so it's 2013 and it's time to wake up to the reality that plastics suck. they really do. they break down into little particles and get mixed up in our soils and our waterways and poison living things. birds think the colorful pieces are are food and they die with stomachs full of plastic. plastics mess up our lakes, parks, forests and oceans....and they are made from petroleum. how bad can a product get?

but there are people and companies doing something about it. and we can too. never use plastic bags, bring your own silverware to fast food places(better yet, don't eat fast food), buy products that don't use plastic, and support companies that make things with recycled plastics. it's time to change. it's time to give up the old habits. it's time to use our god-given talents and abilities to make this world a better, safer, healthier place for all living beings. xox blessings, annette

photos from photographer & environmental hero chris jordan

Friday, August 9, 2013


when i was in nyc for the ifp lab with our film 'perfection', our fellow ifp lab filmmakers ron and eleanor were working on a most lovely movie called 'stranger things'.

lucky for's now available on demand and through itunes and amazon!

it's a beautiful, truthful movie about loss and connection, and eleanor and ron are thoughtful, intelligent please support independent films and filmmakers by watching their movie. enjoy my film friday pick. xoxo, annette

Saturday, August 3, 2013


my film friday pick is yet another documentary!  because of what's happening right now in zimbabwe with robert mugabe's re-election, i thought this a fitting pick. 'mugabe and the white african'.

'mugabe and the white african' is a film that received much acclaim and deservedly so. it follows mike campbell and his family, white africans, who have farmed their land for over 50 years. the film exposes the land resettlement and reform program in zimbabwe and how mugabe is taking farm land from white africans to give to black peasants. it's a documentary that raises as many questions as it answers, and i've researched a bit of history and this land resettlement process has a long and complicated past. the british colonized southern rhodesia in late 1800's mainly for exploitation of africa's mineral rights. during this period, white farmers purchased(took) much of the fertile tribal land away from the africans who'd lived and farmed that land for generations. these tribes did not hold title to their land, as most indigenous cultures do not, and they had no access to banking and loans to compete with influx of money coming from england. when mugabe came to power in 1980's he wanted this 'stolen' land re-distributed to the african peasants. it became a battle that ultimately resulted in violence and destruction. this documentary raises the question, who took land from whom? see for yourself, watch the entire film here. or here. let me know what you think. xoxo, am