At the entrance to Sundance Resort
Shannon and her wonderfully talented Screenwriter and Director, Gabriela Amaral Almeida.
The Sundance Directors Lab is hosted at the gorgeous Sundance Resort. Lots to do there in addition to making awesome films!
Hiking up to Stewart Falls was a great way to spend Shannon's afternoon off!
Just some of the directors, advisors, actors, and crew that were part of the 2014 Directors Lab.
The view outside the dining hall. A clear stream with miny rapids (originating from Stewart Falls 1.5 miles uphill) runs through the entire Sundance Resort.
On location in DUMBO, Brooklyn shooting the film "Good Enough"
Sundance Director's Lab 2014
Shannon on set, shooting a scene from "The Father's Shadow" during the 2014 Sundance Director's Lab.
Every year, The Sundance Institute in Utah selects a handful of up-and-coming Directors and Screenwriters to participate in their prestigious Directors and Screenwriters Labs. According to a press release issued by Sundance, "The Labs are the centerpiece of the Institute's year-round work with narrative feature filmmakers and are part of 10 residential labs the Institute will host for artists this summer, collectively representing the most promising new independent film and theatre projects."
In May of 2014 Shannon (along with many young actresses from NY and LA) auditioned for Gabriela Amaral Almeida's haunting film "The Father's Shadow. Ms. Amaral is from Brasil, and is one of the talented Screenwriter/Directors that was chosen to participate in the Feature Films program this year. After a Skype callback session, Shannon received word that she was cast to play the lead role of Dalva in Ms. Almeida's film being workshopped at the Lab.
Being selected to be part of the actors ensemble in this internationally recognized hub of creativity for today's independent films is something that would inspire any professional actor. The Sundance Institute began back in 1981 when Robert Redford gathered a group of his friends and colleagues to "create an environment designed to foster independence, discovery, and new voices in American film," as explained by the Sundance Institute.
When Shannon arrived at the Sundance Resort (at base of Mount Timpanogos in Utah's Wasatch Mountains), it was clear this was going to be a life-changing experience. From the incredibly beautiful and remote natural setting to the directors, writers, actors from TV/film/stage, crews and industry mentors, Shannon was truly honored and excited to get to work.
For two weeks Shannon and all the Lab participants rehearsed, improv'd, workshopped and filmed critical scenes from the chosen independent films in development. Working with Ms. Almeida, two wonderful actors (Kai Lennox and Audrey Wasilewski), professional crews and top industry advisors was a thrill and an exceptional learning opportunity for Shannon. Some of the advisors participating in this year's Director's Lab were Robert Redford, Michelle Satter (Founding Director of the Sundance Institute), Ed Harris, Gyula Gazdag, Catherine Hardwicke, Miguel Arteta, Christine Lahti, Peter Sollett, Joan Hart and many more.
In her off-time, Shannon attended film screenings and talk-backs with Directors, participated in readings, social events and even got a chance to take in some of the incredible sights and nature in and around the Sundance Resort. The whole experience and the relationships Shannon made will continue to inspire and help Shannon strive for excellence and authenticity in her acting career.
"Good Enough" Feature Film
Shannon was cast to play a small role in the independant feature film "Good Enough", with James Caan. The film was written and directed by AnnaRose King. It is the story of Lorna Flynn, an irrepressibly optimistic New York City-based flight attendant and her journey to understand her father after his recent death. Ms. King has recently made a big splash in the comedy realm with her independent comedy pilot "American Viral" starring Michael Showalter (Stella, Wet Hot American Summer), Griffin Newman (Political Animals), and Daniel Flaherty (Hope Springs, Skins). She is the daughter of the late Roger King (KingWorld), responsible for such shows as The Oprah Winfrey Show, Wheel of Fortune, Dr. Phil, and more.
"Emunah" Short Film
In the early Fall of 2014, Shannon was cast to play the role of "Rivka" in Igor Yankilevich's short film "Emunah". It's a short film starring Benjamin Thys (Forever, Taxi Brooklyn), as Ethan - a conflicted young man whos trip back home to the Brooklyn Orthodox Jewish community leaves him torn between his new lifestyle and the past he left behind.
Shannon plays Rivka, a daughter of Ethan's old Rabbi and mentor played by Dan Ziskie (The Blacklist, Gossip Girl). Rebecca Schull (Wings, Analyse This) also appears in the movie.