Francesca Eaddy is one of the stars of our Spring Showcase. She’s also the star of this narrative-based music video about single moms, drugs, pools, and some scary space imagery. The video is also directed by One Axe pals TEAN (Kerrie Kvashay-Boyle, Jamieson Fry, and Nathan Budde).
Multi-talented performer and One Axe director Sabrina Weisz shows off her mad mothering skills.
We’re unabashedly proud of our One Axers and are ready to hawk their wares whenever we can. Spring Showcase writer Ariana Berkowitz wrote this episode of Benched, and you can watch the full episode, “Campaign Contributions,” here. Do it. We told you to.
We are now casting for 2 female co-leads for a COMEDY in our One Axe Spring Industry Showcase.
Auditions will take place on Saturday, FEBRUARY 28, 11am–1pm. Location: West LA. (Plenty of street parking.)
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, including your headshot in jpg, your preferred time slot, the role you’re auditioning for, and full contact information. We will send you the full script, the location address, and the sides you should prepare.
Our Spring Showcase takes place on the evening of March 28, so please do not audition if you cannot commit to that date. Rehearsals are flexible and will be determined by the director. As always, this will not be a time-consuming affair, but you will be working with professional female directors and writers to develop what is hopefully an ongoing relationship.
If this role doesn’t speak to you, we will have exponential casting opportunities in the future for our other showcases, but we would greatly appreciate if you would circulate to any interested parties who would be a good fit.
Written by Melanie Kirschbaum & Alexandra Decas
Directed by Tamar Halpern
Logline: Triggered by a conversation about our national treasure, Elizabeth Smart, two best friends nitpick each other’s life decisions, but ultimately realize that neither has it quite together.
Alexandra and Melanie are best friends and roommates, both in their 20s, and have been through a lot together, yet haven’t learned all that much from their experiences.
Alexandra – Slightly more together, slightly, which gives her a douchey air of judgmental superiority. Alex is gluten-free, not due to a gluten intolerance, but because she thinks it makes her interesting. Spoiler alert: it does not.
Melanie – Not particularly informed and therefore misuses Elizabeth Smart’s heroic life to justify her poor choices. Melanie’s claim to fame is continuing to exist after eating a yogurt that was left in the fridge for six years. Quote: “It was delicious.”
We know that many women—daunted by the Hollywood system and the technicalities of having to learn Final Draft or filmmaking tools—have felt their stories more welcomed in the publishing and journalism worlds than in the scriptwriting worlds. For this reason, we are reaching out to at least one accomplished prose writer for every showcase, to mentor them through the process of scriptwriting, so we can flood the Hollywood market with women’s stories. Our first writer is Wendy C. Ortiz, one of Los Angeles’ brightest literary stars. Author of Excavation: A Memoir (Future Tense Books, 2014) and Hollywood Notebook (Writ Large Press, 2015), Wendy’s also written a year-long monthly column about marijuana in Southern California for McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. Her work is everywhere, and she’s justly getting praised, so we asked her to adapt a short essay, “Spell,” for our Spring Showcase, and it is already phenomenal. Directed by Nora Ephron Prize winner Meera Menon, “Spell” tells the story of a girl’s love affair with words and the teacher who taught them.
1. What are the top 3 movies/plays that have inspired you?
I don’t tend to keep static lists of influences. I think my influences shift and change regularly, sometimes depending on my own projects, or concepts I’m trying to sort out in my life or my work. Lately I’ve been SUPER inspired by television. As for film, influences I can name today (inspiring due to the way the stories treat characters, how beauty can be coaxed from pain and tragedy, how epic these films feel in my current consciousness): Shame by Steve McQueen; The Shining by Stanley Kubrick; Apocalypse Now by Francis Ford Coppola.
2. Did you go to film school? What led you to being a writer or director?
I did not go to film school. The most I’ve done in this field is a 16mm filmmaking workshop many years ago in Olympia, Washington. I’ve been a writer since I was a child, first writing ghost stories and poems then later zines and books. It’s taken over my life and guided many decisions I’ve made ever since.
Being introduced to One Axe is like walking through a door into a world I’ve wanted to imagine existed, and at some points of my life, tried to create something similar into existence. I’m stunned by the generosity, encouragement and warm spirit of collaboration modeled by One Axe so far. There is no reason why I wouldn’t want to collaborate!
4. “Where are you going, where have you been?”
I’ve been around the block and to many a rodeo and I’m always game for what’s right around the corner.
We first heard about LaShea a couple of years ago, when her “B*tches in Bookshops” video went viral. NPR even coined a new generation of intellectuals after her video—”bookish Millennials.” We didn’t even know this was the same LaShea from the video when we accepted her piece “Bet and Flo” for the Spring Showcase. What we knew is that LaShea did what most writers did not when submitting: included +40 female characters. And these characters had sensitivity and humor, which we’re always looking for. You might even say that “Bet and Flo” is lighthearted romp through elderly sex and dating in Florida, which we are very excited about, especially under the direction of Ashley Nicole Black.
1. What are the top 3 movies/plays that have inspired you?