6 October 2015

Shadowing an episode of NCIS: New Orleans, I ran into one of my favorite people on earth… the uber talented Jessica Tuck.

16 August 2015

Election Night had a tremendous screening in Durham. Tons of friends and funders came out afterwards for beers and barbecue!

20 May 2015

Cannes is fun!!!

The first night I arrive, Producer Grace Santos grabbed me for a party. I’m hiding the jetlag under my hair.


Co-producer Stasia Droze, Cinematographer Jim Jost and I found a fantastic apartment away from the fray.


We scored black tie Grand Palais tickets to see Joachim Trier’s Louder Than Bombs. Here we are in our finery!






1 May 2015

Ian Williams (writer) and Grace Santos (producer) field questions at the LA Comedy Fest.

And Election Night wins a Jury Award at the USA Film Festival!
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25 April 2015

Great week! I spoke on a panel about women in film at the Minneapolis St. Paul Film Festival. Honored to be among the very cool women there. And MSP is a terrific town! My nephew and his girlfriend showed me the sites! Including a stop at Glam Doll Donuts.

And then I met up with the family – in fact, almost the WHOLE Blake family – for the premiere of ELECTION NIGHT in Dallas. So fun!

Lucy and I on the way to the festival.
I promise, we didn’t PLAN to dress alike!
14 April 2015


Crazy, huge, ridiculous, surprising, delightful, extraordinary news… ELECTION NIGHT has been selected for Cannes!!!

We’re part of the Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at the American Pavilion.

I mean, crazy, right?


plus this….

equals this!
11 April 2015

The domestic premiere(s) for ELECTION NIGHT at the Florida Film Festival and the Sarasota Film Festival on the same weekend! Crazy and delightful.

17 March 2015

What a tremendous privilege to direct this extraordinary group of actors in our new short film, UPENDED. Wrapped on the first three shoot days. Next stop? The Mexican border. No kidding!

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Amy Landecker TRIES to take me seriously!

DP Ava Berkofsky and I lining up an oh-so-pretty shot!

David Call and Amy Landecker are amazingly smart, sensitive, thoughtful actors.
18 December 2014

We were a BEST OF FEST selection at the Bahamas Fest! Check out tiny Seth, representing Leave Keys in Car in Harbour Island

7 December 2014

Tonight, I had the great honor of presenting the Movement Builder Award to the extraordinary Eve Ensler at A New Way of Life Gala. Susan Burton – the founder of ANWL and the subject of my documentary Susan – is a true hero. I am inspired by her diligence and flagging commitment to end the plague of mass incarceration in America.

3 November 2014

Woohoo!!!! Leave Keys in Car is in competition at the Bahamas International Film Festival.

14 October 2014
Tonight, I had the privilege of talking about the incredible Directing Workshop for Women tonight in front of a packed crowd of perspective applicants.

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6 October 2014
I have a new piece in Huffington Post today about the lack of female directors in Hollywood. Front page of the WOMEN section. Check out this cute screen shot from my phone.

20 September 2014
Had a great time premiering WORDS WITH GIRLS at Urbanworld. What a terrific festival!
8 September 2014
Color Creative announced its partnership with HBO Urbanworld Film Festival today. Thrilled to be going to NYC to premiere Words With Girls. Check out the trailer for all three pilots and enjoy.

Collaborating with Brittani Nichols – the best writer/creator anywhere!

Talking to my terrific DP Golnar Fakhrai
13 August 2014
Still cutting Election Night in New York but in LA for a couple of days for the ABC Creative Talent Development Orientation. Honored to be among such a great group of directors and delighted to hear from Bethany Rooney, Zetna Fuentes and John Terlesky about the art, craft and career of television directing.
4 August 2014
Back in LA to lock the cut of Words With Girls and to catch a couple more days of the Directing Workshop for Women. The director of the program, Patty West, gives me the evil goofy eye during our debrief.
23 July 2014
Editing Election Night with the brilliant Cristina Rackoff at Big Sky Edit in New York. Thrilled with the work she is doing on our little film.
11 July 2014
Brilliant Cast = Lucky Director
9 July 2014
Principal photography on WORDS WITH GIRLS. Thrilled to be working with this trouble-maker.
1 July 2014
It’s a wrap! Boy, will I miss these folks.
28 June 2014
Principal photography on Election Night has begun! Too bad no one is having fun!
23 June 2014
Just hired to direct Words With Girls – a new comedy, created by Brittani Nichols and produced by Issa Rae and Deniese Davis. Love this script AND these women!
9 June 2014
Delighted to announce the cast for ELECTION NIGHT. The extraordinary Peri Gilpin from Frasier. The inimitable Jake Johannsen, who has had the honor of being on Letterman more times than anyone other than David Letterman himself. Caitlin Zambito, an extraordinary young actress who has a huge future ahead. Cole Jensen, the star of Crash & Bernstein. Noel Arthur from Black Dahlia. And Melissa Tang, from every show you’ve ever seen!
23 May 2014
The workshop part of the Directing Workshop for Women is over. Time to make a movie!
1 May 2014
The first day of AFI’s DWW. Honored to be among this group of amazing filmmakers!
20 April 2014
First official production meeting for ELECTION NIGHT. So thrilled to be working with my producers Catherine Dent and Grace Feeney
17 March 2014
BIG NEWS!!! I was accepted into The American Film Institute’s Directing Workshop for Women. A huge honor! And a busy few months ahead as I gear up to make a short film with AFI’s support. Stay tuned.
02 March 2014
LEAVE KEYS IN CAR received an award from IndieFest!
15 December 2013
A clip of SUSAN – my short documentary about women coming out of prison in South Central, LA – aired nationally on PBS in December. The full episode, including a gripping interview with Michelle Alexander, can be seen on the Moyers & Company here.