In the winter of 2017-18 and spring of 2018, I facilitated live, audience participatory reads of film scripts as part of creative collective Female Animal L.A.

Residing in its current iteration at Botanica in Silverlake, Female Animal L.A. is an event series driven by celebrating film, food, and community, while raising money for local nonprofits. On April 30, we recreated the fanciful world of Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox to coincide with fundraising for Akasa. Founded in 2012, Akasa generates wellness curriculum for schools in low-income neighborhoods, through which "students and families learn about the process of growing, harvesting, sourcing and cooking food and examine their own neighborhood food system to make informed choices about their overall health + wellness."

Friends/collaborators Britt Keller and Tahryn Smith + I produced a live read of said film’s shooting script, as well as a curated experience including food, cocktails and key art pieces. Previous editions have evoked locales anywhere from a Manhattan brownstone (You've Got Mail) to an O.C. pool party (the pilot episode of The O.C.). Each event’s profits are donated to a local nonprofit providing important services to our community.

Find out more here. And don't forget to mark your calendars for June 11's Female Animal: The Sandlot!