Midsummer is nearly upon us! Also, Midsommar, Ari Aster's new horror flick, which I'm eagerly anticipating after the shredding experience of Hereditary last year. But that's as may be.
At the moment, I'm enjoying the glow that comes with finishing a project: in this case, the short horror film, BOO, from writer/director/producer/star (phew) Rakefet Abergel. It's a fun little story of addiction and the secrets we keep from one another, and features Josh Kelly (Unscripted), Parisa Fitz-Henley (Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance), Laura Slade Wiggins (Shameless), and Michael Villar (Oscar-winning short film SKIN). It afforded me another chance to work with friends and colleagues: the immensely talented DP Alex U. Griffin; brilliant composer Samuel Joseph Smythe; best friend, roommate, and producer Marshall Langohr; and the amazing VFX wizard Ian Hubert. Look for it at horror festivals nationwide in the coming months!
I also finished up my first union scripted television assisting gig earlier this year, on Boomerang, based on the 1992 Eddie Murphy comedy about a smooth talking, ladykilling ad exec who gets what's coming to him. Our show picks up years later, as his daughter, and the son of his lovers, and their friends navigate the ins and outs of being young, black, and creative in America. From BET/Paramount, EPs Lena Waithe and Halle Berry, and showrunners Waithe and Ben Cory Jones. It was a terrific learning experience to settle back into a role I hadn't played in several years, alongside a great team: editors Shaheed Qaasim, Amelia Allwarden, and Craig Cobb; Post Supervisor Mandi Price; Post Producer Aaron Miller; and fellow AE Michael Scotti, Jr. We worked hard, burned midnight oil, and created ten awesome episodes of a great new comedy-drama which you should all watch.