News on Honestly Charlotte

Today my news is Honestly Charlotte-related, so first I'm reproducing part of that website's post:

As of today, we are happy to report that we have reached picture lock. That’s a huge milestone and means that we are getting very close to completing the film. Next up, sound, music and colour correction, and then all the pieces will be put together and Honestly Charlotte will be ready to meet the world.

We're getting close, which is very exciting. I am so proud of this film. It's the first film I've (co-)written and produced, and if you had asked me five years ago if I would ever do that, I'd have said, "I seriously doubt it." And I would have been SO WRONG! I guess it's good no one asked, huh?

I do want to give credit to, first of all, my co-writer/co-producer, Joan Macbeth, without whom I would NOT have done this, and also to our director, Sarah Hedar, whose vision made the movie in our heads show up on a screen, and to the crew of women who helped make that happen. Amazing!  Please go read all of their names on the Honestly Charlotte website and marvel at their talent and generosity. And a huge thanks of course to the wonderful group of people who share my love of prosecco on a semi-regular basis. You know who you are and I love and thank you all.

I also want to give some credit to some other women I have seen writing and/or producing their own work; women I respect and whose careers I admire (and, let's face it, covet) who are carving out their own places in this industry. To name a few: Tina Fey (30 Rock, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) Mindy Kaling (creator of The Mindy Project), Kirsten Vangsness (executive producer on Kill Me, Deadly; also an accomplished playwright, and whom you might recognize from her role as Garcia on Criminal Minds), Riki Lindhome and Natasha Leggero (Another Period) and also Riki Lindhome (yes, the same one) and Kate Micucci (Garfunkel & Oates, both the band and the show). And there are so many more.

This is why representation is important, and why I believe so strongly in the message promoted by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media: If she can see it, she can be it. Seeing other women, who, after all, are just humans like me, make their own work and succeed at it helped me believe I could do it too. And then I did. And if Charlotte doesn't make a dime, it will still exist and I will still have had the amazing experience of collaborating with so many wonderful people to make that a reality.

Charlotte's my first art baby. I wouldn't bet on her being my last.

 

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