Thursday, January 25, 2018

"A Fascinating Mixture between Heart and Science"

When Chill began in December of 2011, I had no idea how it was going to turn out.  As a mater of fact, there were several times I wasn't even sure it would become a completed film.  It took a much longer than I expected, but with continued encouragement from friends and family and what I swear was a divine introduction, we finished it.  When I saw this review on IMDb,  it made me feel super-proud of what we accomplished together.

"CHILL presents us with a fascinating mixture of heart and science. Of how technology revolutionizes the concept of motherhood and family.

Jennifer Frappier is an actor, softball player and festival producer living in the height of her active professional life, however, thoughts of family have made her take the decision to extend her fertility by freezing her eggs. Jennifer takes us through her journey, first by getting to know her and her family background as well as her hopes of having the same chances of having the experience of having a family of her own and then through a more medical and technical approach where we see the science behind egg-freezing in full display. Frappier crafts a documentary that is a mixture of heart and science or more like science in the service of the heart.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

World of Women Film Fair Middle East

What a great way to start 2018! Chill is an official selection of the World of Women Film Fair Middle East, March 6-8, 2018, in Dubai.  WOW is a unique showcase of films by or about women, allowing for a different storytelling and giving another perspective of the world through women's eyes.

Oh! And I just had the first fitting for my wedding dress. Today was a pretty good day.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

When Fros Collide

This time last year, I had already decided to begin my journey as a single mom.  For me, this meant:  finding a sperm donor, and if I needed to, using some of those eggs I had frozen.

Before this single mom adventure moved forward, I needed to find a new place to live. Somewhere me and my future kid would be comfortable.  As much as I loved being downtown, my loft living situation wasn't conducive to a new addition.  I mean, the only doors in the apartment were the main one and the door to the bathroom.  So I started looking for an apartment with more doors; a two bedroom. 

For those who aren't aware, rent in Los Angeles is completely insane.  During my search for a new pad, I realized renting a two bedroom flat would cost more monthly than a mortgage for a condo or small house.  Seriously.  THEN I added up all the rent checks I've written since moving to LA.  Get ready.  No, really hold on to your hats -- I've paid (or rather flushed) almost $150,000 in rent in the last 10 years.  Are you kidding me?!  I could have equity in a property.  After seeing the numbers, I couldn't deny the best choice was for me to buy my first house.  

After working with a super-awesome realtor, Shannon Shue, and looking at what seemed like a hundred houses, I finally found my home!  A cute bungalow:  2 bedrooms with a den, garage, a grapefruit AND lemon tree in the backyard.  I moved in Dec 9, 2016.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Taking a Knee

It is not about the flag. 
It is not about the national anthem. 
It is not about the military. 
It is not about 45.
It is not about sports leagues.It is not about sports, professional or otherwise.

It is about:

Monday, September 11, 2017

Sundays Were Made For Football

I grew up in a football household:  My dad coached for years.  My little brother was practically born wearing a Cowboy's jersey; he played in college.  And I'm pretty sure my dad's favorite memory of me in high school was his daughter scoring two touchdowns in Osbourn Park's Powder Puff flag football game. I still remember the giant smile on his face.

I fell in love with football during Super Bowl XXII when Washington's Doug Williams shined like nobody's business. As a little kid, I didn't know how significant that game was. I wasn't aware Williams was the first African American quarterback to play in a Super Bowl. I didn't realize he made history in several other ways that day.  I just remember how football made me feel. I was in awe!  After that game, I started cutting football photos from the newspaper and wall-papering my Strawberry Shortcake themed room with Redskin posters. I was hooked!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Whatashort Independent International Film Festival


I've received a handful of emails from women in New Delhi asking about egg freezing and where they can see Chill. Well, guess what?!  I'm proud to share that Chill is heading to India for it's International Premiere at the Whatashort Independent International Film Festival, July 8-9!  

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Happy International Women's Day!

I’m lucky to have crossed paths with so many kick ass women in my life. Thank you to those who have picked me up when I’ve fallen, scraped me off the floor, laughed and cried with me, propelled me forward, supported me, reminded me to rest, inspired me, encouraged and cheered for me, fought with me and have chosen to walk beside me. Most of all, thank you for loving me, flaws and all. You. Are. Amazing. I wouldn’t be who I am without you. I’m grateful to carry a piece of you with me every day. Hugs and lots of love! #InternationalWomensDay

Monday, February 27, 2017

Equinox Women's Film Festival


I'm delighted to share that Chill is an official selection of the Equinox Women's Film Festival, March 10-12, 2017 in Palmer, Alaska!
 
The Equinox Women’s Film Festival is a collection of films showcasing women.  All films selected highlight women's stories and are directed, written or produced by women.  Get a ticket and be sure to be a part of this great event!



Friday, February 10, 2017

Female Filmmakers Fuse Film Festival

I'm not gonna lie, January was a big month for rejections, but just like in life, I have to remind myself that it's all part of the process. With that said, it was nice to receive a good news email yesterday:  "We would like to congratulate you and your film, Chill, as it is one of the official selected films for this year's festival!"

Yay! Congrats to all the filmmakers!  

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Fertility Podcast: Expert Interviews and Real Life Stories

I was lucky enough to spend some time with Natalie from The Fertility Podcast.  She's fantastic!  I'm so encouraged by the work she's doing.  We had a great little chat about egg freezing, Chill and what's next in my life.

My piece of the interview starts at 10:10.  Take a listen and let me know what you think!