Film Fatales
Michele Remsen

New York-based hyphenate whose career began as a playwright at Naked Angels’ (mentored by Kenneth Lonergan, Frank Pugliese and Warren Leight). This was her informal-education, in addition to her formal education at Bryn Mawr College and Columbia University’s Barnard College. Finalist: AFI Directing Workshop for Women with a short-script she then shot as her first short-film, Two in the Morning, starring Selma Blair and Peter Frechette, under her banner, Stevedore Productions. She also formed The Stevedore Confederacy, a theater group of New York writers and actors who wrote, performed and directed darkly-comic one-acts. From one of these shows sprang her second (very) short, Twas ( Her third short-film came from a request by Rainn Wilson to act with her, which she eventually turned from a one-act-play into 25-minute film, Juke, which won several festival awards. Two screenplays made it to the finals for the Sundance Screenwriters Lab, one of which was optioned for her to direct, as was another but after funding fell apart for both, she used her own money (i.e. debt) and donations, adapted one of her plays, and shot Toss It as her first-feature and gateway-drug to her larger film and TV projects.