Gloom be gone!

Hey everybody! How are you feeling, now that Covid19 restrictions are easing up?

Popping in for a few quickie updates before heading out to some beautiful weather! No June gloom in San Diego today!


Things We Dig” had its successful screening at the Austin After Dark Film Festival in Texas! I wasn’t able to travel there in person as I had intended, but festival director Mikel Fair told me: “People honked horns, whistled and clapped for your film!” Yaaayyy! He was even so kind and emailed me this snapshot from the drive-in screening that night!

Things We Dig on the big screen in Austin – photo by Mikel Fair

#HappyFilmmaker


I’m in the middle of post-production for my next shorty short film, a crime/thriller called “The Test“; making good progress working with editor Peter Stoll (our third collaboration). Also, we have a rad poster designed by all around creative genius Elsa Mickelsen! I will reveal it soon in a new, separate post! Stay tuned!


Last but not least – I am super happy to share the news that my horror script “Parcopresis” won Best Horror Short Screenplay at the Die Laughing Film Festival in Hollywood!!! This is my first time winning anything “first place” as a writer! I’m so friggin’ excited and over the moon about this! Feeling a bit validated, you know what I mean? Cheers!

That’s it for today – thanks for reading and indulging me – have a great weekend!!!

The Test

It’s a rainy Sunday morning, which means perfect timing for a little blog post! How are you all doing out there?

Well, I got great news – we filmed “The Test” exactly one week ago today, out in the rough wilderness, and it all went shockingly smoothly! We even got done early. Nobody got hurt or snake-bit or swarmed by killer bees, yay! It was basically a ‘family’ reunion with almost all of the crew from my previous short films. Ohh, that’s right… filmzzzz, as in plural! My third one. And this one was the easiest and quickest to set up and produce. Of course, it couldn’t happen without the help of my team and I feel like a spoiled little movie brat! It felt so good being on a set again and all of us couldn’t have been more excited to get to work! It helped that we were all fully vaccinated and outside.

Setting up that shot!

“The Test” is sort of a continuation from my first short film “The Appointment“, bringing back my character ‘Alex’. This time, she deals with another ’employee’ (played by my wonderful co-star Deepti Kingra Mickelsen); and the short film has a very different feel compared to The Appointment – fast paced and much more action! If I must pick a genre, I’d say it’s a crime thriller.

Deepti Kingra Mickelsen as ‘Raj’ and Pia Thrasher as ‘Alex’ in “The Test”

I’ve been digging through BTS photos and I’m already missing the good times with my cast and crew. Is it too early for on-set nostalgia?

Light(n)ing master Jimly Teiper dropping bodies everywhere. Poor 1st AD gotta do the clean-up, as usual.
DP Peter Mickelsen and 1st AD Stephen Mickelsen make a great father/son duo on any set!
Stunt-driver and producer J.R. Thrasher meets drone

BTS photog Elsa Mickelsen and co-star Deepti Kingra Mickelsen having a moment…
Yours truly caught acting and directing! Photo by my hubby J.R. Thrasher

To see a whole bunch more BTS photos, head on over to ‘The Test’ Facebook page and remember to give it a like!

Next up: post-production!

Stay tuned for more and have a great weekend!

And now, this!

So, a few weeks ago, I wrote briefly about awards and my feelings about them….

Well, it is my absolute pleasure to update you all with:

*insert drum-roll here*

Things We Dig” won Best Horror Film! HUZZAH!!!

Congrats to #TeamDiggers! So proud of my cast and crew!

Thank you Sick Chick Flicks Film Festival! These are the moments us filmmakers work blood, sweat and tears for!

Here’s the list of the other winners in their categories:

Congratulations to all!