DOT & Temple Beauty @ Micheaux Film Festival

Both of my films “Temple Beauty” + “Dot” will both play at Micheaux Film Festival this week at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live!

Feeling super special because both films are also nominated - “Temple Beauty” for Outstanding Documentary (Short) and “Dot” for Outstanding Dramatic (Short) and Outstanding Dramatic Actress (Short). Also Mindy Sterling in “Dot” has been featured in Deadline. Thank you Micheaux!

Dot - Fri July 15 at 1:40pm

Temple Beauty - Sat July 16 at 3:35pm

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WBTV Television Directors’ Workshop

Pinching myself that I can finally share that I am a part of the Warner Bros. Television Group Directors’ Workshop Class of 2022! Deadline article here.

We just wrapped our crazy super intense workshop yesterday and I’m so excited to watch this talented group direct our first episode of TV. Had an incredible time thanks to Rebecca Windsor, Elly Lachman, Bethany Rooney, Stacey K. Black, and for Gilli Messer + Olivia Steinberg’s work in making it all happen. Love you all!

And to all my fam / friends who gave me their time, energy, and awesome advice to get here, you know who you are.

DOT - Premiere @ SeriesFest!

Thrilled to share our film DOT is finally starting its festival run, starting at SeriesFest next month!

I was drawn to Kimberlee’s story that was inspired by a moment with her grandmother, because I felt challenged to reshape the ways we think about how mental illness shifts our lives - for both our loved ones and those around them. Major props to Kimberlee, who wrote, starred in, and fought for this to get told even when the pandemic halted her initial plans.

Writer: Kimberlee Kidd

Director: Tiffany Frances

Producers: Matthew Keene Smith + Wenjie Kong
Cinematographer: Arlene Muller

1st AD: Kate Lugtu

Production Designer: Masha Lyass

Editor: Mengyao Mia Zhang

Composer: Nico Borromeo

Casting Director: Morgan Robbins

Re-Recording Mixer: Emilie Corpuz

Color: Arianna Shining Star

Cast: Kimberlee Kidd, Mindy Sterling, Arabella Grant

AND an incredible team of crew + cast that would be way too long to include here. Thank you for a memorable summer last year!

Temple Beauty - Short Doc

Unexpectedly for the past year, Matthew Keene Smith and I embarked on a journey with Temple Beauty to create a longer doc piece that first started out as a voluntary promo video for their store. We liked the promo piece, but we just knew other sides of the story needed to be told. Amber, so proud to call you a friend and get to showcase you and your beautiful family. We’re so excited its festival run has begun! 

Valiant Pictures, Arlene Muller, Cut + Run, Luc Giddens, Ben Wong, Apache Color, Buggsy Capri, Yngree, and a lot more!

Temple Beauty plays at Sarasota Film Fest from 4/1-10!

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