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Wednesday, February 21st, 2007
3:10 pm
She Seeks Revenge
Am I the ONLY person on earth who didn't know about The SXSW Grindhouse Trailer Contest?

Seriously, you people are ALL FIRED.
Wednesday, February 14th, 2007
5:10 pm
Friday, January 5th, 2007
12:31 pm
works for me
In 2007, janet_harvey resolves to...
Cut down on my weightlifting.
Backup my psychotronic regularly.
Tell my family about spaghetti westerns.
Find a new subculture.
Connect with my inner dculver.
Spend more time with my comic books.
Get your own New Year's Resolutions:
Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007
9:17 pm
Hello, 2007

Well, we didn't make it into Sundance. Word has it that GIRLFRIEND was among the last 120 finalists, and one of the programmers really went to bat for us, which is gratifying. And honestly, even with winning the no-prize and all, its better than I had hoped for, expecially considering it was the temp sound mix we screened with at the DGA.

Now, after much sweat and blood, the surround mix is final and sounds fantastic. We're pressing copies and sending them out to festivals - Seattle, LA Film Fest, Silverlake and Tribeca are next, I believe.

Finishing GRAVITY is next on the hit parade, and this week I am taking a run at a first draft for the next feature script. We'll see how that goes.

Paul Schrader says he started out writing TAXI DRIVER about a man who was doomed by loneliness, and as he went along, he found out he was writing about something far more interesting: a man who continually doomed HIMSELF to loneliness. Always oscillating between polar impulses - puritanism and porn, saying "I gotta get healthy" while pouring peach brandy on his corn flakes - Travis' actions pretty much guarantee he'll continue hating himself until his alienation reaches its bloody apotheosis.

Cool beans.

Anyway I'm beginning to think - hoping, really - that something similar is happening with my script. As this character becomes more solid in my mind I'm discovering she's on the merry go round because if she gets off, she has to deal with life - and that's much more scary.

Anyway. I don't know if I'm making sense anymore but its good to be writing again. I've missed it. A lot. And I plan to be doing a lot more of it in the coming year.

I suppose this is the part where I insert something reflective about how far I've come in the last year, and say something hopeful about the future, isn't it? I feel like I should but there isn't any fucking time to reflect. I hope that's a good thing!

Happy New Year everybody.
Saturday, December 23rd, 2006
4:05 pm
Wednesday, December 20th, 2006
3:58 pm

Christmas is coming,
The janet is getting fat,
Please to put a penny
In the old man's hat.

Christmas is Coming
from the Christmas Song Generator.

Get your own song :
Tuesday, December 12th, 2006
3:10 pm
West Side Story
Lori: it's so sad, janet, these days i fall for anyone with good manners
some random dood held a door open for me the other day and i
practically proposed on the spot

me: I know, somebody held a door for me at the starbucks on Robertson
I felt like saying
you're not from around here are you?

Lori: hahaha
isn't that sad? i mean, you remember it was the starbucks on robertson.

me: well that was what struck me about it
nobody does that in beverly hills
especially not for someone who is CLEARLY an over the hill assistant

Lori: i know!
if anyone opened a door for me on robertson, i'd be very suspicious
me: and?

Lori: oh my god!
did you get his number?

me: maybe I should have
but I thought he might be crazy
and maybe homeless

Lori: hahahaa

me: I mean seriously, who has time?
Friday, November 10th, 2006
11:04 am
I'm alive
A few people have poked me over the last couple of weeks to see if I was still "internet-alive" (thank you Jill :D). I have been internet-comatose and probably will continue to be for the foreseeable future, as I've just started a job at a film finance company and its keeping me busy. I know, I know, the dayjob is supposed to ENABLE the time-wasting on the internets, isn't it? Maybe one day I will get on top of it enough to come back and write something about my life but right now I'm actually learning a few things so I think I better pay attention.

My plunge into the world of assistantship has been quite entertaining though, and if I wasn't afraid of never working in this town again I'd regale you with stories of crazed executives throwing ice cubes, dogs with skin diseases and people in Beverly Hills who can't drive. But you can probably piece it all together from that anyway.

In other news, for the two or three of you who read fantasy novels, the first book I adapted for Tokyopop last year, "Duan Surk: The Witches Forest" is apparently in stores now, and got an A+ from Fantasy Novel Review. Yay!

And, we're biting our nails waiting to hear on Sundance for "GUITAR PLAYERS GIRLFRIEND." I think the notification is the first week of December. So expect me to come back and bounce around and/or cry and eat ice cream sometime around then.

In the meantime I might just roll around and mumble in my sleep occaisonally. And snore.

later dudes --

xxxo - J
Tuesday, November 7th, 2006
5:55 pm
Thursday, August 31st, 2006
11:57 am
And speaking of red carpets
Everyone in the world who wins an Emmy should act like this about it:

I heart Jenna Fischer in this photo. She's all like "fuck yeah. bitches! EMMY!"
Tuesday, August 29th, 2006
3:05 pm
More pics Here, and (because they're ginormous)

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Monday, August 28th, 2006
2:58 pm
Visionfest 06
First of all, thank you to everybody who wished me well on my birthday. Who knew that posting sexy pictures of yourself on the internet would get so much attention? Thank you for flattering an old lady, you guys are awesome.

And finally - some pics of Charlie and I at the DGA!!



The flash is not kind to my farmer's tan, but everybody literally did a double take as I walked past in that dress. And Charlie cleans up pretty good, eh?
12:46 pm
The Dogwalker
Hi Folks,

We interrupt our usual programming to bring you this special announcement regarding somebody else's film, namely my friends Jacques Thelemaque and Diane Gaidry, who have just gotten a distribution deal for their independent feature, "The Dogwalker."

"The Dogwalker" is a small, character-driven film shot completely on digital video. It won several awards on the festival circuit and then, as small, character driven DV features sometimes do, languished for a while getting the odd screening here and there. I lucked into seeing it at the American Cinemateque a couple years ago, and I was riveted. Here, finally, someone was making serious cinema on a small budget. And, as I discovered when I stayed afterwards for the Q&A with the filmmakers, they were helping other people do it too, by founding an organization called Filmmakers Alliance. I decided to go see what this FA thing was all about. (And the rest, as they say, is history.)

"The Dogwalker" opened this week at the Laemmle Sunset in LA, and is getting a limited release in selected Landmark Theaters across the country. If you are in Boulder, Buffalo, Minneapolis or Chicago, I would really urge you to see it in any of its screenings (listed below).

And if you are not able to make a screening, spread the word. Landmark is testing a new program for distributing small digital features, and Dogwalker is one of the first films they are pushing. Like most such "test" programs, Landmark is not throwing a lot of promotional dollars behind the effort and are expecting films to rise or fall based on word of mouth. The more people show up for Dogwalker, the more likely it is that Landmark's program will become a viable distribution channel for more, original, independent movies (like, you know, mine!)

So help out yo! Here's the official website and a review from the Maryland Film Fest, below:

Director: Jacques Thelemaque

Cast: Pamela Gordon, Diane Gaidry, Lyn Vaus, Alan Gelfant

Country: U.S.
Year: 2002
Running Time: 107 min

On the run from an abusive relationship, Ellie hops on a plane to Los Angeles. Out of money and knowing no one in the city, she is left to sleep on the street and fend for herself until she meets Betsy, a no-nonsense woman who works as a dog walker. Betsy's health has begun to make it difficult to maintain her business, so the two women strike up an uneasy relationship where Ellie helps with the dog walking in return for a place to stay.

In addition to the examination of this complicated relationship, we are also offered a look into the sometimes eccentric world of dog parks and dog walkers, where the social network of the people often mimics that of the dogs. It is also a world that provides a home for dog psychics and dog parties.

But mainly, The Dogwalker is an exploration of two women. Director Jacques Thelemaque, aided by riveting performances by the two lead actresses, always keeps the focus on Ellie and Betsy. Their interactions with each other, the other dog walkers, and the dogs provide a depth to their characters as well as showing Ellie's growth towards independence. The road to independence isn't always smooth, however, and The Dogwalker is an impressive debut feature, which presents the difficult journey and the bumps along the way.


NOW PLAYING - Smith Rafael Film Center, San Rafael

bigfoot entertainment and filmmakers alliance present


Diane Gaidry Pamela Gordon
written and directed by Jacques Thelemaque


“...if you’ve ever
rescued an
animal, or been
rescued by one,
the film to see...”
- Gini Barrett, Veterinary PhD.

- Kevin Thomas, LA Times

September 8 - Crossroads Cinemas, Boulder
and Chez Artiste, Denver

September 15 - Market Arcade Film and Arts Center, Buffalo
September 22 - Lagoon Cinemas, Minneapolis
Sept 29 - Century Centre Cinemas, Chicago

Thanks for your time.
Friday, August 25th, 2006
4:46 pm
Me on my 40th Birthday

Not Bad For an Old Lady
Not Bad For an Old Lady

Fuck you, age!

Saturday, August 12th, 2006
7:43 pm
Me, Herzog and Vasquez, oh my

The prospect of Werner Herzog watching my movie makes my extremities go numb. WERNER HERZOG!

Thursday, July 27th, 2006
12:32 pm

San Diego Comicon 2006. Insanity. Yes, I was there, albeit briefly - came down Friday night and returned Sunday, and spent most of that in the hotel room, sadly enough. For some reason I just wasn't into it this year. Couldn't take the con-floor crush, the late nights, the never-quite-enough-time with anybody - And then my cell phone died, I felt weird and alienated, I had no pitches and was in no mood to network, so I pretty much gave up and hid. Pollysings, Megan, Khouri, McCubbin, KellySue, Fraction, Dan, Jeremy, Ferocious J - it was great to see you and I'm sorry we didn't have more time. Antony and Keiron - so glad I got to make it down and hang out a bit while you were in the country. McKelvie and Fleur - I hope you didn't think I was totally rude, it was nice to meet you. Francesca and Cath - \m/!! One day we will all play on the great City of Heroes server in the sky.

The highlight of my con, actually, was helping out at the Oni table (turns out if you stand behind a table on Sunday, eventually someone shoves a book in your face and asks you to take their money! Awesome.) and getting to know the Oni folks who are absolutely lovely people. Especially Jen and the irrepressible Zadie, who I think was the highlight of everybody's Con:

Seriously look at these two. It's like lines of happiness are just radiating out from them in all directions. They can't contain it!

Apparently Zadie loves to say "Charlie Chu" a lot. Now she knows my name as well. It makes my little heart burst out of my chest!

Also? Jamie S. Rich is a sweetheart, beneath that misanthropic exterior is a misanthropic heart of gold. I like him already.

Back in LA, jumped right back into color correction and sound mix for "Guitar Player's Girlfriend," we are a week away from finishing and I need to get my head back in the game. More exciting news on that front very shortly.

(edited to add: I forgot to credit the photos above, thereby inadvertently suggesting that they are my photos. They are not! The first one was taken by Kelly Sue DeConnick, the second by Charlie Chu. I've linked both back to their respective Flickr streams. Sorry guys!)
Sunday, July 16th, 2006
1:38 pm
Chairman Chu is the Red Sun of Our Hearts
Today is Charlie's Birthday.

Go on, wish him a happy one.
Wednesday, July 12th, 2006
12:19 pm
Wrestling in the Ring of Human Flesh
SBC Yahoo delivered my DSL modem yesterday. Behold, once again I post with the glory of BROADBAND!

(Yes, I have been on dialup for the last four years. Don't laugh.)

Of course, my website is down. It does not appear to be part of God's plan for me to have my website, broadband and video upload capabilities ALL AT THE SAME TIME.

However, those of you who remember my website might recall a short article I wrote a few years ago entitled "Wrestling in the Ring of Human Flesh." In it I described a wrestling event that happened in the Lone Star Roadhouse in 1993, that I took part in. The funny part is, in my memory, I was absolutely sure that I was part of the Ring of Human Flesh and that this was before I'd ever dressed up as Jungle Girl and escorted the Aztec Mummy around. But memory is fiction.

Imagine my surprise to discover that video of the event exists and, look, there's Jungle Girl.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you:


In retrospect, I think the video is mainly of anthropological interest to anyone studying a specific variety of New York subculture circa 1993: 1) look, people smoked in bars in 1993! 2) that monkey fur jacket is kinda awesome; 3) the videographer clearly has an obsessive interest in miniskirt hems.

And god damn, I was skinny.

Tuesday, July 11th, 2006
12:53 pm
Liabilities and Assets
I have a question. It's a dumb question but I don't know the answer to it, and maybe one of you does.

Say someone has tens of thousands of dollars in credit card debt. Like, 50 or 60 thousand. Probably not completely out of the question, for a middle-class, middle-aged American. Say that, unexpectedly, they die.

What happens to that credit card debt? Does the bank just go "oh well," ball up the bill and throw it in the trash, or is someone responsible for paying that back? Would the debt conceivably fall on the person's heirs? Or a legally married partner? Is it insured under the card agreement? And what about, say, a mortgage or a student loan? Are they different? The same? Is debt inheritable, the way assets are?

I just happened to glance at an article this morning about how many Americans have up to 50 credit cards, and the very idea of it is so staggering to me it got me thinking. Let's say everyone in the entire country is living on credit, paying up to 25% interest to some bank, taking out mortgages, making their monthly payments, and the giant ball of money at Citibank just keeps accumulating. Chances are, you won't pay it all back by the time you die. So what happens then? You cash out? Citibank totals your balance? A big sign pops up that says "As an individual, you paid out a total of $32,045.96 in interest on credit we extended you over your lifetime, thanks for playing?"

It's just... weird.
Thursday, June 29th, 2006
3:34 pm
Where's Aman when you need him?
Okay ladies, I need help. (Well you knew that already).

On August 16th, I have a premiere at the Director's Guild of America. I must be RED-CARPET READY. I already know what dress I'm going to wear - this:

Betsy Johnson halter dress, awesome. Marked down from $200. Huge score. Looks fabulous. So, dress is covered.

But after that? Lost. Okay, shoes. I need those. And I guess a shoulder wrap of some sort. Manicure and Pedicure. I'm getting my hair done. But - oh god - WHERE? And what about my 40 year old FACE? Don't I need, like, a facial of some sort? And somebody to do my makeup? Somebody, preferably, who can make me look like Lindsey Lohan or Dita Von Teese, or at least, avoid the washed-up "Corn Queen of Kent County" look that this young woman is modelling in the picture up above? (I mean, come on. Coral lipstick with a red dress? Ew! Even she looks annoyed.)

Anyway. Where should I go? What should I do? Is this new "hair glazing" thing something I should try? Where does one get one's face tightened? Is there a stylist in the house? HELP!
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