award-winning WRITER. DIRECTOR.
 
(Pictured above: My first "actors")

So lucky to have the chance to shoot another episode of Mugg's Movers, thanks to the NYFA practicums and cinematography students Peter Gong (DP), Kevin Billingham, Matteo Poerio, Douglas Minerva and Anup Kulkarni, with co-teacher Travis Hoffman. But it wouldn't be possible without Muggs vets Emanuel Borria (Pedro), Peter Lucas (Slash) and newcomers Zack Sayenko (Dragan #4) and Tim Clifton (Boris). These are class exercises and so aren't EXACTLY what I'd be doing if we were shooting these outside of a school setting, but the opportunity has infused new energy into the Muggs. We will be reviving them and doing fundraising so we can make this a regular project. I have many, many stories to tell, after experiencing both first- and third-hand all sides of the moving industry and I am absolutely in love with these characters, especially as "fleshed out" by this talented ensemble of actors. Orson Welles played with trains as a boy and considered a movie set a great big train set. Well, I played with dolls as a girl, and making movies feels like a big, long doll game to me! Except my "dolls" have brains and creativity and make the game even more fun than I could ever do alone. 

(Pictured below: My new "dolls": L-R Tim Clifton (Boris), Zack Sayenko (Dragan #4), Emanuel Borrai (Pedro), Peter Lucas (Slash)
 
 
Just got word tonight that Emuanel Borria -- the original Pedro in Mugg's Movers (now called Pedro #3) will be on board for the next two NYFA practicums! Now we can go back and fill in a couple of blanks before reviving and moving the story onward.  Go to www.MuggsMovers.com to see more!
 

    Alison Marek

    received her MFA in film directing from New York University. Her thesis, "The Playground," was sponsored by a grant from Showtime Networks Inc. and broadcast extensively on their channels. Her short film "The Three-Body Solution" was sponsored by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and won the Director's Award at the Hearts & Minds Film Festival. She has also been nominated for a Los Angeles Emmy Award and received a Gold Aurora Award and Bronze Telly Award for public service announcements she has written or directed. She currently teaches directing at New York Film Academy in Los Angeles, runs the video dept. and promotions for TDmonthly.com and is developing her first feature film. She lives in Los Angeles with two cats, too many toys, and dozens of voices in her head that she will translate for your amusement.

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