This demo short featuring Elizabeth Keener and Susan Duerden was created to pitch a project for television.
*currently in post production.
SIZZLE REEL for the feature documentary.
Susan Feniger. Forked follows celebrity chef Susan Feniger (one half of Food Network’s Too Hot Tamales, Top Chef Masters, Border Grill restaurants), as she hunts down her passion, authentic street food from around the world, then struggles to create an original restaurant showcasing those flavors: Susan Feniger’s STREET.
Shot by Feniger’s long-time life partner, filmmaker Liz Lachman, it’s an intimate, behind-the-scenes unusual peek into Feniger’s dreams, fears, and the driving force and goofy sense of humor that is Susan.
So here’s the thing. It’s Love the Sinner Not the Sin time. You might think I’m referring to myself, the “I don’t like to do anything dangerous or eat any foods that could kill me” person as The Sinner. I’m not. The Sinner is my adored partner of 20 years, celebrity chef Susan Feniger. “No Escape” follows my heel marks being dragged around the globe as I accompany her on her never-ending search for the best street food and cultural adventures to enrich her mind and the menus of her many restaurants: Border Grill, Mud Hen Tavern, and Susan Feniger’s Street.
As Susan has the time of her life I’m usually miserable, committing foreign faux pas and counting the hours until our return to air conditioning. But I love that little chef o’ mine, so rather than ruin her fun by complaining and (in some cases) bursting into tears, I vent my stress in the form of written essays so as not to disrupt the flow in the bubble that is “the wonderful world of Susan Feniger.” And that, my friend, is the definition of “what I did for love.”
Comedy! Action! Adventure! Graphic Novel! Need we say more? Ok, we will…Lesbians!
Proof of Concept Short for Feature Film
Uninspired and in her forties, celebrated photographer, Lana Freeman, searches for the elusive visual "perfect moment." When a young waitress saves her life, Lana believes she has found the perfect muse. But as she becomes more and more obsessed with the young woman Lana pulls away from her husband, her work, and the people who love her, not realizing that the muse could destroy her life.
Starring: Angela Sarafyan~Christina Chang~Michelle C. Bonilla~Roy Lee Jones
“ … a well oiled thriller”
“…the touch of a Brian De Palma film”
~ Monkey Bread Tree Film Festival
A romantic comedy about sex, intimacy, lesbians… and the value of getting to know someone first!
WINNER - 9 film festival awards including: ~HBO Award @ Miami film festival ~Best Short @ Barcelona international Gay and Lesbian film festival
Starring: Elizabeth Keener ~Dana Delaney ~Ian Gomez ~Ann Ramsay ~Meghan Cavanaugh
Chef Susan Feniger talks about unusual global ingredients and how to use them. It’s a crash course!
"Celebrity Chef Susan Feniger talks about what it is and how to use these unusual and sometimes frightening ingredients!”
"Travel the world and learn how to make three different sauces with Chef Susan Feniger!”
Chef Susan Feniger shows you how to cook…without speaking a word!
“Tip: Very important to have your dog stick his head up in the middle of the shoot!”
Tip - “Make sure to wear all of your bracelets and rings when performing this task!”
DICKINSON is the untold true story of America’ s most famous poet, Emily Dickinson. Far from being a shy recluse, Emily Dickinson was a dynamic, romantic, obsessive-compulsive, whose objects of affection were women, including her brother’s wife. Controlled by her domineering politician father at the brink of the Civil War, Emily’s inability to express her true emotions led to the most stunning and groundbreaking poetry this country had ever seen.
BEING SILVER – feature screenplay
When ARNIE, the iron-fisted patriarch of the Silver family, suddenly ends up on life support his wife and five children have to grapple with the truth: their family is that guy hanging off the balcony by one hand... and his fingers are slipping.
While PHYLLIS tries to honor her husband’s living will and take him off of life support, the siblings’ old rivalries and hurts surface. What, after all, is family? FRANCIE, her father’s favorite, is grief stricken as she consults Tarot and the spirits. SAMUEL, an ultra-orthodox Jew, tackles his anger issues the way any moral god-fearing man would: he threatens to sue his mother and the hospital for murder. Sweet-natured ROBBIE, the middle child, “the glue,” has collapsed with AIDS and VICTORIA, the youngest, does what babies do best...sees what she’ll inherit. It leaves CHER, intimacy-phobic with commitment issues to do what feels natural: run for her life. But by sticking through it all and facing her deepest fears, Cher ultimately discovers that true family is not made by blood but by choice. And sometimes that means letting go of the past and grabbing onto the future…gently, very gently.