Stealing Zen

My One Job

My One Job

Hats. Each one worn has the potential to change the next path we take, the way our lives might go. This weekend, as I showed my first short film, Stealing Zen, at the Durango Independent Film Festival, I donned my screenwriter and actress hats with other incredibly talented and lovely filmmakers, producers, performers, and creators. Without yet knowing how much of an impact spending this time in the company of such high quality and inspired people will have on my life, I feel changed again, a theme that continues to run through the current of my recent days and months. 


Full of surprises, this week's bonus "buzz" competition has shown me a lot, including the value and enjoyment of the first short film I've written, Stealing Zen, directed by Liz Manashil. I'm not the only one who loves it! I've had strangers tell me it was the best thing they've seen in a while and although of course everyone's taste differs, I feel extremely grateful to be able to share it unexpectedly so soon.

Yes, I would love to win this competition. If everyone magically went to, registered, favorited it, and shared it right now, I would be thrilled to get it up to 3rd place and make sure Danny Elfman sees it so it has a better chance of being screened at the LA Film Fest. That would be huge!

Even better? The fact that everyone who wants to see it now has a chance, at least until May 27 at 8pm. So, if you want to check it out, please do, at If you also share it, great. If you don't, I'm honored that we're in the top 10 films out of the 155 submitted to this great Indi challenge... and so grateful for the amazing team of people who made it with me.

Directed by Liz Manashil
Director of Photography Katie Walker
Cast: Abigail Wright, Christine Weatherup, Kara Morgan, and Sean Wright
Editor: James Blythe
Sound: Emma Louise
Sound Editor: Curtis Fritsch