In the middle of Palm Springs desert, where human technology meets beautifully nature.
The New Year is off to a great start. On January 2nd, I auditioned for a commercial that involved one of my favorite things, dancing! I love to dance, and it must have shown because I booked the job! Then, after settling into my new pad in L.A. it was off to the Palm Springs International Film Festival.
Christophe Vauthey, The Swiss General Consul of Cultural Affairs and my manager at ECI Talent, Arnaud Fischer.
The Palm Springs International Film Festival is one of my favorites, and I try to go every year. This year the Swiss Consul, Jean-Francois Lichtenstern, Swiss Consul of Cultural Affairs, Christophe Vauthey and their team invited me to two of their events. One of the events was celebrating the French language in film and it was great to get to talk to people from France, Switzerland, and Canada. They captured some of the fun with a photo booth!
Photobooth fun at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.
The second event was organized by Weissman/Markovitz in honor of Pierre-Alain Meier’s production, More Than Honey http://buy.morethanhoneyfilm.com/, a documentary about the overlooked importance of bees in nature and the mystery of them dying all over the world. His documentary is beautiful and deeply upsetting at the same time, and left me with a lot to think about. I highly recommend it.
I was very fortunate to get the chance to meet Pierre-Alain Meier at the event. He had just landed from Switzerland and was dealing with the jetlag amazingly well, far better than I do. He was very kind, and ended up sending me the script he wrote for a new feature film he is working on.
With Swiss producer Pierre-Alain Meier at the event organized for More Than Honey at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.
I can’t give details about the script, but I can say it is beautiful and touching and that it brought me to tears. It contained so many elements that relate to moments in my life that were deeply important in shaping who I am. There are many highs and lows when you’re in this business, and it can be easy to get lost. Reading a script like this is what reminds me what I love about film.
After reading the script I met up with Pierre-Alain and Monika, his partner, in L.A. to get to know each other better. It was wonderful to have a conversation with such talented and down to earth filmmakers. When I think about film festivals, and what they are about for me, this experience captures it perfectly. It is wonderful to be somewhere and be surrounded by artists who care deeply about their craft and are eager to share it with the world.