OCCUPATION: Film and TV producer and director and artistic director of the Mystic Film Festival.
RESIDENCES: Mystic and Brooklyn.
BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN: I was born in Los Angeles, California, raised in and mostly grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, but lived the first four years of my life in Brooklyn Heights, New York.
RIGHT NOW I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF: The Mystic Film Festival, which ends tonight after four days full of screenings and panel discussions.
I ENJOY SPENDING MY TIME: With my ten-year-old daughter, walking and exploring, reading, and binge-watching all the latest films and series.
MY PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: My daughter, Zoe; earning my Master's degree in Russian Language and Literature, and having the career I love.
I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR: Being a good mom, wife, daughter, friend and for making films that made a difference.
TOP ON MY BUCKET LIST: Traveling around Portugal and Spain, Argentina and Japan, and living somewhere in Italy for a year.
I ALWAYS CARRY: A book, my phone, my eyeglasses, my lipstick.
WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP: A writer.
PEOPLE WHO HAVE MOST INFLUENCED ME: My parents, my close friends, and my daughter. ... she inspires me to be a better mom.
FAVORITE AUTHORS: Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Lousie Erdrich, Margaret Atwood, DH Lawrence.
BOOKS ON MY NIGHT STAND: "Half Moon Bay" by Alice La Plante and "Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck & Fortune" by Roselle Lim.
I AM LISTENING TO: NPR and "In The Dark" podcast.
LAST MOVIES WATCHED: "American Factory," (a documentary) and "Rocketman."
FAVORITE TV SHOWS: "The Handmaid’s Tale;" "Fleabag" and "Parks and Recreation."
FAVORITE RADIO SHOW: "Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me."
FAVORITE GENRE OF MUSIC: Rock and Alternative Rock.
TOP COMFORT FOOD: Pizza and pasta.
SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES I USE MOSTLY: Facebook
TRAITS I MOST ADMIRE: Honesty, integrity, kindness.
PET PEEVES: Flakiness.
FAVORITE QUOTATION: "Mothers are always right."
MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD: The coast, the food, the people, the slower pace of life.
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: My family.
LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME: I was a daredevil roller skater in my teens.
BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED: Be yourself and learn from your mistakes.
ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE: Take care of yourself.
IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD: Get rid of guns and make education free.
IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS: Travel the world with my family and make a documentary.
I DRIVE A: Black 2013 VW Passat.
I WISH I DROVE A: BMW M Coupe.
ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE: Wine and chocolate.
IF I COULD HOST A DINNER PARTY WITH A GROUP OF PEOPLE FROM THE PAST, PRESENT OR FUTURE, I WOULD INVITE: David Lynch, Rickie Lee Jones, Tony Bourdain, and Tony Morrison.
— Interview arranged and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro