Movie Producer Kristin West: 5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me When I First Became A Filmmaker

Check out this recent chat I had with Edward Sylvan of Authority Magazine.

The CENTRAL AUTHORITY is COMPLETE



“The Central Authority” Movie Wraps Production

The much-awaited new comedy, “The Central Authority,” has wrapped production. The film which satirizes the current world situation, is now complete, according to producers.

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The Central Authority HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – Oct. 1, 2020 – PRLog —

Using the technology available, producers of the film, believe, “The Central Authority,” is the first full length completely socially distanced feature film.

Written by Dana Olita and Kristin West, the film takes place in a dystopian future where a pandemic has caused the world-wide collapse of governments. A Central Authority has risen to maintain law and order and control the supply chain of goods and services. Because most people are stuck at home, entertainment has become a premium commodity. The Central Authority has created a channel for citizens to create their own content.

The film depicts a normal day of programming. The shows range from parodies of talk shows, cooking, exercise, and reality shows, children’s programming and even a homemade music video complete with behind the scenes footage. Of course, there are fake news segments too. Interspersed throughout the day are reminders from the Central Authority, to “wash your hands,” “wear your masks,” and “keep a social distance.”   In exchange for creating this programming, citizens are compensated and given higher places in line for goods in short supply. Compensation is based on ratings of each show. However, if you fail to meet The Central Authority’s minimum guideline, The Central Authority cancels your show, and your life.

The Central Authority has been a brave undertaking in these hazardous times. “We knew this was a huge endeavor going in,” said West, who co-directed with Armin Nasseri. “We were forced to use the technology available, which meant doing some unusual things.” Those “unusual things” included dusting off some archaic film techniques and using brand new processes. “We gave ourselves permission to fail,” says West, “but things worked out fine in the end.”

Those processes including having actors from all over the world come together on the screen. Actress Anna Elena Pepe, who plays Dr Zhivaga, a government sexologist, says it was an experience for her like no other, “I was in London, and my scene partner (LaChelle Allen) was in Los Angeles. ‘It was fantastic.'”

“The actors were the key,” according to Olita, “We basically let them pick and choose characters and wrote around their choices.” West agrees, “We gave our actors a tremendous amount of freedom, there was a lot of improvisation. Everyone gave great performances and the chemistry the actors have with one and other is magical.”

In addition to West, Olita and Nasseri, The Central Authority uses an ensemble cast of working actors, Tick Tock stars, comics and podcast hosts: LaChelle Allen, Brandy Bryant, April Monique Burrill,  Jimmyo Burrill, Lilly Burrill, Candice Callins, Charles Chudabala, Rodney Damon Collins, Michael Coulombe, Lauren DeLeon, Vanessa Esparanza, Jonathan Freeman-Anderson, Sara Gaston, Katie Gordon, Nate Gordon, Joe Grisaffi, Josh Hutchinson, Betsy Johnson, Allison Michelle, Rory Ogden, Marco Antonio Parra, Anna Elena Pepe, Jake Red, Genoveva Rossi, Nailya Shakirova, Narlyia Sterling, Todd Stroik, and Cristina Vargas. Nasseri said he was “proud to work with such a strong group of diverse actors.” Inclusion has been a recurring theme in Nasseri’s films, with award winning shorts The Carting Call, and Seeking Valentina, already under his belt, Nasseri felt like this was the perfect vehicle for him as a director, editor and actor.

The Central Authority is written by Dana Olita and Kristin West, directed by Armin Nasseri and Kristin West, and produced by Matt Chassin, Armin Nasseri, Dana Olita, Narlyia Sterling, Kristin West and Quarantini Productions.

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New Year, New…Endings?

Every ending is an opportunity.

Jane's Jottings

With the Holiday Season here, this is a great time to think about a fresh start. Sometimes people make resolutions or new objectives, thinking about what they want to do. One common approach is to capitalize on the upcoming new year and simply design something or restart something.

There’s little thought, however, given to what must be ended. Although endings are a part of our professional and personal life, they can be a natural next step or they can be a cumbersome roadblock.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said, “Great is the art of the beginning, but greater is the art of ending.” Consider some examples, like relationships, traditions, events and leaders. If you’re working in an organization, there can be leadership and strategy changes.

I grew up with endings as part of my family’s lifestyle because I was an Army dependent. With my Dad serving in the Army, we would…

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Eat, Drink & Be Merry–And Body Positive

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I hope you’re having a wonderful holiday season.  It’s a time many of us stress out over what we’re eating.  Today, on the Winter Solstice, I just wanted to remind you to take a pause, a little break, a moment for you.  Feed your spirit!  Take a few minutes today and the rest of the week to listen to you.

Eat, drink & be merry too.  You deserve it.

Tips for taking time for you:

  1.  Star gaze.  The stars and moon are beautiful this time of year.
  2.   Immerse yourself in your senses.  See how many senses you can engage. Ask yourself what you’re smelling, seeing, hearing, etc.  This is great while baking or cooking.
  3. Take a scenic detour.  Check out some new scenery on the way to a familiar place.
  4. Allow yourself to receive.  Take in the smiles, the thank you-s, the well wishes that are abundant this time of year.
  5. Just because you’re a grown up doesn’t mean you have to act like a grown up all the time.  Find some playtime, whether it’s in the snow, holiday crafting or something else you enjoy.

Wishing you a happy holiday and positive 2019!

 

Updates!

I’ve been remiss in writing.  October came at me and as usual I was juggling more than I should have been.  So blogging went to the wayside.  October is month that always has me busy–mostly events of a spookerific fun.  So now it’s December and I’m looking around thinking “Where did the time go?”  We go from trick-or-treat to deck-the-halls SO FAST now.

Things happening now:

HORROR TALK WITH KRISTIN WEST

Bitmovio will soon be Beta testing its new platform and Horror Talk with Kristin West will soon be there.  Horror Talk with Kristin West is currently available on many channels via Pivotshare, so if you’re not catching us on Pivotshare, Spreaker or YouTube, you’ll be able to get us on Bitmovio in the new year.

We have about six more episodes of Season 2 of Horror Talk in the editing room now.  Look for interviews coming out soon with Alan Howarth (Halloween, Big Trouble in Little China), Rolfe Kanefsky (Party Bus to Hell), Adam Ung (The Spirit Room), Trisha Molina (The Spirit Room) and Camille Montgomery (Sick For Toys).  We’re working on Season 3 already, having shot six episodes of Season 3 at this year’s FANtastic Horror Film Festival.

THE SPIRIT ROOM

Adam  Ung’s The Spirit Room continues its film festival run.  It’s playing at the well-regarded Culver City Film Festival this weekend.  At FANtastic Horror Film Festival, the film won Best Supernatural Horror and I was honored to be recognized as Best Supporting Actress in a Short film.

WHAT WOMEN WANT

Judy Goss and I announced recently that we’re now available on iHeart Radio, so be sure to catch us there.  Judy and I are testing out new ways to enhance the What Women Want experience for our audience so be sure to keep tabs!

 

 

 

 

 

That One Special Picture

You know that person that uses the same picture from ten years ago on all their social media profiles?  That picture than shows them 15 pounds lighter, not as wrinkled, and probably at a wedding or some other special occasion where they are made up or dressed to the nines?  That person may have a body image issue or at least a problem living in the NOW.  That person may or may not be you, but many people have this issue.

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It’s heartbreaking to me that many people choose a photo from their more distant past as their profile photos.  It’s like they can’t accept or acknowledge fully where they are today.  Our whole personhood is not dictated by one image.  There’s no perfect image of us.  We change each day.  Too many of us privilege that “one special photo” of us and can’t stop to appreciate the beauty of our maturation, the beauty of our experience.  Some are even ashamed to put up a more current photo because of how they think others will react to their picture.

The next time you’re tempted to put up a photo from your not-too-recent-past as a profile photo, question your motives.  Are you trying to escape what you perceive to be your shortcomings in the present?  Do you feel the pressures of ageism?  Do you feel like the past was somehow better? Our social profiles are now the face we show to the world.  Less and less, we interact in person.  Computing has diminished the need to go to coffee with someone.  We can chat through a small window.  We don’t have to give someone our full attention if we don’t care to.  That small chat window also tricks us into believing that we somehow “save face”.  We can project that idealized version of ourselves from 10 or 15 years ago without much consequence.

It’s time to embrace who we are today, with our wrinkles and cellulite, with all the “flaws”.  We are more than one image, frozen in time.  We are living, breathing, maturing, evolving persons and we should all celebrate who we are NOW, today.

Measuring Up

Scales and tape measurers have never been my faves.  Anytime I’ve had to deal with either, it’s always with a small sense of dread.  Am I measuring up?

So often, I believe, that the impulse to measure up is rooted in an unacknowledged inadequacy.  Being “too big”, “too hippy”, “too busty”, not busty enough, et al masks a certain perpetual dissatisfaction. Instead of focusing on how we’re not the perfect measurements in the perfect ratios, it might be time to heal the much deeper issue of the ways we feel inadequate.

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I can’t tell you how many times, even at my thinnest, I heard, “You’d be perfect if you lost another 15 lbs,” or “You’re pretty, but you’d be gorgeous if you’d lose a size or two.”  What’s most disheartening is this criticism never came from men.  It came from women, women I considered friends, well-meaning perhaps, but nonetheless, hurtful.

Dealing with chronic feelings of inadequacy is a terrible thing.  It’s like there’s a hole in your heart.  Sometimes you don’t want to even try because you’re best is never good enough, even when you’re giving a 150% to a diet or a votaress of the latest exercise craze.  There’s a fixation on personal responsibility and I’m all for personal responsibility, but there comes a point when you have to also acknowledge what you’re NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR, including other people’s toxicity, other people’s baggage, other people’s harmful behavior.

Today, I am having the courage to admit that for most of my life, I’ve been over-responsible.  Make me in charge of something and it will get done, even if it nearly kills me.  I’ve taken on a lot of shitty situations mostly because I believed that I was the only person who would or could do them, not because they were what I really wanted. Copy of Copy of body positivityMy own growth challenge is that I’m learning to pursue what I really want instead of trying to measure up for someone else, real or imagined.

It’s time to tell yourself that you are enough, just as you are right now.  It’s time to stop trying to measure up.  You are not you’re measurements; you’re more than numbers on a scale or a few extra inches.  It’s amazing what opens up when you open your heart and your mind to who you are now, instead of who others want you to be.

 

Mind the Gap

If you’ve ever been to London, you’ve probably taken the Tube, aka the subway.  Most people who ride the Tube remember  signs everywhere saying, “Mind the Gap”.

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Years later, I’ve been fascinated with gaps, but mostly gaps in thinking, gaps in awareness, gaps in consciousness.  What I’ve learned from my own life and observing others is that gaps can cause pain, especially a gap between who we truly are, today, this moment, and who we’ve been taught or conditioned we should be.  The larger that gap, the more we feel that pain.  One of the biggest issues I’ve had to grapple with concerning gaps is the gap between who I am, physically, and what advertising. retailers and diet culture tells me I should be.

It’s about time we “mind the gap” in other places than subways.  We need to mind the gaps of our thinking, the gaps in our aspirations, the gaps in our awareness.  If you don’t mind the gap in the subway, you may slip and fall and worst case scenario, slip just as a moving train is whizzing by.  Life has many in opportune moments–sudden illness, unexpected death, catastrophic financial loss, just to name a few.  There’s plenty of chaos to go around.  If we are not minding our mental gaps, those unexpected trains may hit us too hard.

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Body positivity is about acknowledging our gaps–acknowledging the pain they cause and most importantly, bridging or closing the gap.  Exercise, eat right, train, but also realize we live in a culture that privileges dangerously thin representations of women’s bodies.  Temper your expectations of yourself with a little compassion.