India Autry

Category: Filmmaking

Film Update, Veteran’s Day, Scorpio Season & My Past Life as a Genie

My “Brutally Yours” feature film is developing nicely after a meeting in NYC with the actor from “Queen Sugar,” one of my favorite shows ever, who wants to direct! We are spending time fleshing out the creative vision for the film.

The same weekend I attended the “Marshall” film festival screening. It was a moving and entertaining depiction of the legal giant, and the Thurgood Marshall family was in attendance, along with the cast and crew. (Below, Josh Gad, Kate Hudson, Chadwick Boseman; not pictured, Sterling K. Brown)

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Scorpio Season is in full swing, for all of you born between October 23 and November 22… or for those others who enjoy the Scorpionic energy in the air of intensity & truth!

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I celebrated my 33rd birthday on October 24th, followed by Halloween exactly one week later. (Okay, this birthday pic is from last year, but isn’t it really timeless?)

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For the 3rd Halloween in my adult life, I was drawn towards a genie costume – not to mention the Arabian photo shoot I did that wasn’t even related to Halloween. Perhaps I’ve identified one of my past lives! (Proof in slideshow below 🙂

 

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Happy Veterans Day tomorrow to everyone who has served our country! You’ve carried us on your shoulders and we thank you. Here’s a throwback of my dad in the U.S. Marine
Corps.

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I’m enjoying my new vegetarian/vegan lifestyle of the past four months or so. And, believe it or not, it’s delish!

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It’s made a big difference in my energy levels & spiritual connection… So have these little ladies who came into my life around the same time.

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I still volunteer at the animal shelter where I met them, but I’m glad to have them home with me instead of seeing them there.

Until next time,

Xoxo

India

 

 

 

 

Production on Hold, Exciting New Director

An actor from one of my favorite shows Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay’s “Queen Sugar” on the OWN network is interested in directing my film, so production is being put on hold until at least the fall to work out the shooting schedule of the show.

I was able to find producers willing to provide locations, extras, some crew, equipment, craft services, music, composition, wardrobe assistance, publicity and other services in exchange for producer credit and an equity stake in the film. I’ve also gathered talented actors from my network for the casting process. The valuable funds raised via crowdfunding have now been set aside in the Brutally Yours LLC business account and can be used for certain crew positions with reduced rates, to meet SAG minimums and to purchase any props or additional resources not already obtained in-kind.

I owe a website thank you to the second-round of Indiegogo contributors: Rick Estacio, Mimi Suh, Zadie Walker, Jodi Wagmeister, Rebecca Livengood, Jumaan Short, Chris Rossi (writer of Olivia Wilde starrer “Meadowland”), Laura DeBar, Sandra Spearman, Sierra Rein, Emily Ransom & the anonymous donors.

Thanks to all my supporters for coming along for the ride!

Update: Special Actor Reading the Script!

There’s a major actor who is reading the script for the lead role of my character’s boyfriend (the identity is under wraps for now). In the meantime, I want to raise as much as possible to make the project as attractive as possible and get closer to being able to make the film. The campaign expires December 23. Click on the Indiegogo page here.

Thank you to the first-round of contributors: Vaughn J. Buffalo (our biggest donor so far!), Alan C. Drewsen, Jeremy Thompson, Douglas Burley, Steven Ramirez, Eric McRoy, Mike Gassert, Josh Bernstein, Victoria Bert, Prentice Autry, Laurie Rud, Christian Davis, Leonard Sturner, Andrew Herman, Maciej Ochalik, Isabel Jones, Elizabeth Ashford, Karen Kitchens, Amanda Nichole Miller, Nate Trager, Josh Bernstein, Kyle Shilling, Kevin Coffay, Jesse Jensen (Listen to Jane in Space), Marzy Hart, Robert Johnsen, Cindy McLamb, Felicia Nicole Henry, Pamela Murphy, Tareq Mahmud, Win Chesson, Charles Thomas Jr., Christine Ness, Latesha Smith, Jane Marie-Kane, Sandy Cockrell, William Rosenberg, LaRue Stanley, Jenny Moss, Gina Savage, Rita Aurandt, Sarah Olsen, Luke Gibala, Steve Thompson, Adam Katz, Rob Hadley, Lee Lovett, Isabel Taylor Jones, Katie Inch, Shelley Titus, Rosalyn Coleman Williams & anonymous donors.

My Experience on Film Fest Q&A Panel, Pics & Film Clips

Loved being on the Q&A panel at the Virginia Film Fest for “But Not For Me” feature film!

I talked about what it was like to play a philosophical model in a commercial made by the advertising agency portrayed in the film. I played the part very intensely — I was near tears in the drama of the part. When cut was called, everyone on the crew burst out laughing. I was surprised at first, but that’s when I realized I had done my job! The seriousness with which I played the part made possible the comedic effect of an advertising agency taking itself too seriously. Click here to see the clip.

Here’s the full trailer of this progressive hip-hop romance – you dig? Great performance and music by Marcus Carl Franklin (who starred with Heath Ledger & Cate Blanchett in “I’m Not There”). “But Not for Me” also features Roger Guenveur Smith (profilic actor in some many film from “Do the Right Thing” to “Dope”), and we won the audience choice award at the Brooklyn Film Festival.

My pics with Marcus and more of the cast and crew below:

From left to right: the moderator; producer, Jason Stefaniak; writer/director, Ryan Carmichael; actor Maria Vermeulen; me; actor, Solomon Hailemichael; actor, Marcus Carl Franklin

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New “Love-Locked” Film: Frame Grabs & Behind-the-Scenes Photos

I just filmed my second short film adapted from my feature script. This time, I directed as well as writing, producing & starring.

“Love-locked” is about an interracial couple whose relationship is tested by the politics of mass incarceration.

Check out the cast & crew on IMDB, including my co-star Jason Griffith, the iconic voice of Sonic the Hedgehog and Pokemon. Turns out he’s got a nice face and great dramatic acting chops too!

We got some amazing shots, thanks to my shot list and my amazing director of photography Matthew Canada.

Frame Grabs:

Behind-the-Scenes Photos:

Perfecting the bird’s eye view

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Our gaffer extraordinaire Daniel Lipski

Prepping for the first shot

Prepping for the first shot

It’s always the toughest!

Our DP Matthew Benjamin Canada having some fun.

Lights, camera... you know the rest.

Lights, camera… you know the rest.

The film is being edited before it hits the festival circuit. Stay tuned!

“Brutally Yours” feature in pre-production

I’ve been deep in pre-production on the feature film since my return from Cannes.

The film includes the high-profile topic of mass incarceration.

Logline: An interracial couple struggles with alcoholism, childhood trauma and the racial inequalities of the criminal justice system.

I met with the co-writer of one of my favorite films, “The Place Beyond the Pines,” Darius Marder, who wrote the script with my favorite director of all time, Derek Cianfrance. Darius was amazing inspiration for re-drafting my script.

I’m in talks with amazing people to be a part of this film:
Christina Hendricks (“Drive,” “Lost River”)

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Andrij Parekh – cinematography (“Blue Valentine,” “Half Nelson,” “Mississippi Grind”)

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Erin Benach – costume designer (“Lost River,” “Half Nelson,” “Drive,” “Place Beyond the Pines,” “Blue Valentine”)

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RADiUS-TWC – acquisitions/sales (“Only God Forgives”)

I also met Reed Morano, a indie darling cinematographer and director (“Meadowland”) at Tribeca Film Fest in the spring. Also met at Tribeca: Ben Mendelsohn – “The Place Beyond the Pines” and “Lost River,” Alex Orlovsky, producer of “Blue Valentine,” “Half Nelson” & “The Place Beyond the Pines” and “True Detective” director Cary Fukunaga.