Amanda Reyes – Sunrise.

My favorite actress / director, Amanda Reyes, was back in town for a screening of her short film Nickel at the Dallas International Film Festival. I had missed her so much ever since she moved out to New York for grad school to study directing at Feirstien in Brooklyn. The only time we were able to find together during our busy weekend was the crack of dawn on Saturday morning. She arrived to my house at first light, wearing a dress she’d bought the afternoon before specifically for her film’s screening. I drove us to my secret forest hideout, which …

Nickel – Behind The Scenes.

Amanda Reyes is a talented actress and a wonderful filmmaker. I’ve worked with her before on films like Juniper, Adeline, and Zombie In A Shed. For her last semester at the University of North Texas, she got into the Advanced Film class as a director, and chose for her final student film to tell the story of what her family goes through with her older brother in jail. It’s a story very and dear to her heart, and I had given her feedback on some of her early drafts. When it came time for filming, she asked me to help …