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Hey everybody – and just like that, it’s summer! How are you? Are you reading this while on vacation abroad or during your staycation? No vacation for me this summer, but crossing my fingers for the end of the year.

So, I did start my newsletter ‘Pia Shares Her Dark Half like I announced in my last post and so far it’s going great! What is it about? Basically, I’m trying to get you to let out your shadow side in a creative way. You know…to release all that tension and stress and pent-up anger that seems to have this whole planet in its grip these days. If you haven’t already, subscribe and check your email tomorrow, when my next edition comes out. If you don’t see it, check your spam folder!

Speaking of writing…I’ve also been working on some screenplays off and on, between the other gigs, to keep those muscles warm! Sometimes I wish I could clone myself.

I’m also in the midst of getting art and paperwork together for the San Diego Comic-Con Art Show. I can’t believe SDCC is in just under a month already. Yikes!

On the acting front, not too much news. I’ve been offered a small role by my director friend David Ruiz for his next dramedy “Sinderella“, which I happily accepted. By now, it’s become his tradition to cast me as his good luck charm for every new project. I don’t mind at all! Plus he’s fun to work with and well….we go waaay back.

I also did some background work, cause, well, I could use the money and I’d rather be on a film set than at my survival job in the grocery store any day, even if it is at Trader Joe’s, lol! I can’t really say much about the film, except that the crew and the production itself was super nice and professional. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a production treat their extras as well as they have, especially under very difficult film shoot circumstances, like extreme heat, smoke, dust and live animals. Kudos! The movie will be on the History Channel in December (as far as I know). Stay tuned!

Not ‘Dune’…(I wish, hehe)

Since I’ve ramped up my creative projects in a big way again, I created a ‘Buy me a Coffee‘ account (well, in my case, buy me a beer) which is similar to Patreon, but without the monthly commitment. I decided to do this in conjunction with my newsletter, which is free for everybody to (hopefully) enjoy and share. ‘Buy me a Beer’ is basically a tip jar and you can drop some change for me or set up a monthly contribution to support my artistic endeavors. Art materials are not cheap and I thank you in advance for the love!

That’s all for today – have a great summer and stay frosty!

xoxo,

Pia

The end is near!

The end of the year, that is… I’m pretty sure the earth will keep rotating for a little longer – with or without us. Oooh, can you tell I’m in my gloomy mood? Must be the jolly season!

Anyhoo, I DO have great news to share!

Today, the 10-Day extravaganza aka The 6th Annual Ax Wound Virtual Film Festival! is starting and I’m damn stoked to say that my short film Things We Dig will be part of it – making this the official end of its 2021 film festival season run!

Ax Wound Film Festival features horror films written and directed by women and nonbinary filmmakers. It’s an imaginative and immersive virtual horror film festival with slumber party vibes!

You can catch my horror comedy in Block G on Friday, Dec 17th, 5:00 pm PST. See the schedule/get tix here and check out the rad film selection here. Oh, and I almost forgot: There will be a live Q/A stream with the filmmakers right afterwards, including yours truly!

What makes this even more special to me is that I’m an alumni – my second time having one of my shorts as an Axwound FF selection! (The first time was in 2015 for ‘The Appointment‘). Can I get a bloody hellz yeah! Thank you #AXWFF!

‘See’ you in the virtual world!

The little film that could!

Hi guys, more great updates for ‘Things We Dig‘!

The 6ix Screams International Horror Film Festival has come and gone (btw… great peeps who really help promote filmmakers) and we found out ‘Things We Dig’ won an the Best Classic Villain” Award! Woohoo! Thank you 6ix Screams for this honor!


Coming this weekend, ‘Things We Dig‘ will screen at a live in-person event in Munich, Germany – our Germany Premiere!!! You can see all the info on their website for the Independent-Star Filmfest Munich!!!

We are in the shorts block on Saturday, November 13th in the evening. We also found out we won the Silver Award in their Horror Shorts section! I’m sending a family member to pick it up for me! I am so incredibly excited to have my horror comedy screen back home, in my neck of the woods! Oh, if only I could be there!

EDIT 11/12: Unfortunately, due to very high Covid19 cases, the live event had to be canceled. Such a bummer! It will all be virtual instead.


I’m still waiting to find out more details about our Spain Premiere at the ROFL Film Festival in Madrid. Info coming soon!

Edit: I have received news from the festival that the in-person event will be moved to early 2022, due to currently very high Covid19 cases.


And, last but not least in any way..I’m happy to announce ‘Things We Dig‘ is a selection for the AxWound Film Festival! This would be the second time they have selected my work – back in 2015 it was my first short film ‘The Appointment‘. I’m so honored to to have ‘Things We Dig’ amongst such a rad line-up of female filmmaker’s work!

The film festival will be in December and I’ll have more details soon!

Ok, I think I’ve covered it all…for now! Congratulations again to my cast and crew without who this wouldn’t have been possible!