Cinematographer Nancy Schreiber, ASC , Winner of the 2017 ASC President’s Award, Joins “Metal Girl” as DP

I’m thrilled to announce that award-winning cinematographer Nancy Schreiber, ASC joins the creative team of Metal Girl as Director of Photography. Nancy was the fourth woman ever voted into membership into the prestigious American Society of Cinematographers (ASC). In 2017, at The 31st Annual ASC Awards she received the prestigious ASC President’s Award, which is “traditionally given to film professionals who have in some way personified the organization’s motto of ideals — “Loyalty, Progress, Artistry” — not only through their work behind the camera, but as an ambassador of the filmmaking industry of the highest order.” Former recipients include Douglas Trumbull (“Blade Runner”), Albert Maysles (“Gimme Shelter”), Richard Edlund (“Star Wars” episodes IV, V, and VI), and Francis Kenny (“Justified”). Nancy is the first woman to receive this estimable award.

Nancy has received numerous other awards and accolades and has filmed countless features, many of which have premiered at Sundance and other top film festivals. She “was honored with the Best Dramatic Cinematography Award at Sundance for the film November, directed by Greg Harrison starring Courteney Cox. She also shared the Best Cinematography Award at Sundance for My America…Or Honk If You Love Buddah, and she garnered an Emmy nomination for Best Cinematography on the acclaimed Celluloid Closet for HBO. In addition, Schreiber was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Chain of Desire and was recognized in 2000 by Variety magazine as one of “10 DPs to Watch.” Well regarded in the industry, Schreiber was chosen as director of photography for Visions of Light, a stunning documentary on the art of cinematography, an early high definition film.”

Other films include Folk Hero & Funny Guy, directed by Jeff Grace, which premiered in competition at Tribeca, 2016.  She filmed The Nines, for John August, with Ryan Reynolds, Melissa McCarthy, Hope Davis and Octavia Spencer; Motherhood with Uma Thurman; and Loverboy directed by Kevin Bacon, with Kyra Sedgwick, Sandra Bullock, Matt Dillon and Marissa Tomei. Additional independent films she shot include: Serious Moonlight with Meg Ryan, Tim Hutton, Justin Long and Kristin Bell (Tribeca), Everyday, directed by Richard Levine, with Helen Hunt, Liev Schreiber, Brian Dennehy, Carla Gugino and Eddie Izzard (Tribeca); as well as Neil La Bute’s Your Friends and Neighbors, with Ben Stiller, Catherine Keener, Aaron Eckhart, Amy Brenneman, Jason Patric and Natasha Kinski.

Her recent television work includes ABC’s The Family with Joan Allen and Alison Pill, and the FX show, Better Things, staring Pamela Adlon, produced by Louie C.K. She also was the Director of Photography on the series, The Comeback, with Lisa Kudrow.

About joining the creative team of “Metal Girl”, Nancy says:
“I’m attracted to projects that are all about the story and the script, and I thoroughly enjoyed “Metal Girl” on first reading. Copenhagen is a city I greatly admire, and I love shooting period films. I enjoy working on independent films where I am supporting the personal vision of the director and look forward to shooting this interesting project.”

See more about Nancy at:
View her profile on IMDB
Watch a montage of her beautiful work


UK Casting Director Sarah Leung Joins “Metal Girl” Team

I am pleased to announce that British casting director Sarah Leung has joined the team of “Metal Girl“, in casting the lead and other principal roles for the feature film project, which is currently in development.

Sarah is based in London and has worked on major US and UK films and TV shows from “Batman Begins” and “Children of Men” to “Luther” and “Law & Order: UK”. Sarah is currently casting director on the indie thriller “Sunburn 2” and a biography of the Bronte sisters “The Brontes”.  Here is her official bio (courtesy of Shepherd Management):

“Sarah was born and raised in Manchester, England, and began her career in film as assistant to producer Larry Franco on “Batman Begins”. She was asked to return to the film’s post-production as assistant to Emma Thomas (wife of director Christopher Nolan). Sarah moved immediately into casting, working with one of London’s premiere casting offices on Alfonso Cuaron’s “Children of Men”. She then spent the next few years, working with up and coming British filmmakers before turning her sights to also gaining experience in the fast-paced world of television casting. Sarah freelanced for the the BBC, working for top UK TV casting director Andy Morgan on some of the country’s highest rated series and mini-series (“Luther”, “Law & Order: UK”, “Inside Men”, etc. ). In 2013, she finally found her niche and is one of the UK’s most promising new generation of independent casting directors.”

I’m excited to have Sarah on this project with Metal Girl Films and to be working with such a gifted casting director.

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Mads Sjøgård Pettersen in Prix Europa Award-winning TV Mini- Series “Nobel: Peace. At Any Cost.”

Mads Sjøgård Pettersen in “Nobel”

Congratulations to Mads Sjøgård Pettersen (who plays Olaf in Metal Girl) for his role in the award-winning Norwegian TV mini-series “Nobel: Peace. At Any Cost.” 

A drama set between war-torn Afghanistan and Oslo, Norway, “Nobel” won the 2016 Best European TV Movie or Mini-Series Of the Year at the Prix Europa.

Since 1987, Prix Europa (the largest European broadcasting festival) awards the best European Television, Radio and Online productions annually highlighting the latest trends in European media. It also promotes European programs and supports their continental distribution and use.  “Nobel” has been sold to over 200 countries, following a deal with international rights distributor DRG.  It can now be seen in the U.S. streaming on Netflix.

“Nobel” focuses on “Erling Riiser (Aksel Hennie), a Norwegian soldier in the Special Forces (FSK). He and his platoon are in action in Afghanistan with orders given by NATO and the Norwegian Foreign Office. Then Erling and his soldiers/friends are suddenly involved in a tricky political conspiracy. This has great impact on his life, his family and also in the end, Norway as a nation.”

Mads plays the role of Håvard Bakkeli, one of a small band of Norwegian Special Ops deployed to Afghanistan, which also includes Norwegian actors Eirik Evjen, Odd-Magnus Williamson, Kyrre Hellum and Rolf Kristian Larsen.  Other key cast members include Anders Danielsen Lie (Oslo, August 31st), Tuva Novotny (Crimes of Passion), Christian Rubeck (The Heavy Water War), Danica Curcic (Silent Heart) and Odd-Magnus Williamson (Kon-Tiki).

Mads Sjøgård Pettersen is currently filming “12th Man”, the true life story of the Norwegian WWII saboteur Jan Baalsrud, directed by Norwegian born Hollywood director Harald Zwart (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, The Karate Kid, The Pink Panther 2).

Directed by Per-Olav Sørensen
Written by Mette M. Bølstad and Stephen Uhlander
Produced by Håkon Briseid

Watch the fantastic and exciting drama NOBEL on Netflix:


“Metal Girl” Screenplay Advances to Semi-Finals of the Diverse Voices Screenwriting Contest By WeScreenplay

Metal Girl Films is pleased to announce that the feature script “Metal Girl” has advanced to the Semi-Finals of the Diverse Voices Screenwriting Contest by WeScreenplay. The new competition of WeScreenplay, which had its inaugural run in Spring 2016, was created to promote and encourage diverse voices and stories. These are stories “that are told from perspectives – through the author and/or characters – that are often underrepresented in Hollywood today”.  The contest accepts underrepresented points of view in any format: Features, TV Pilots, Web Series, and Shorts.

WeScreenplay defines “diverse voices” as ” 1.) Writers who have been shown to be under-represented by the WGA diversity report: ethnic minority writers, female writers, and writers over 40.” And  “ 2) Stories starring characters that are generally untold because of the misconception that they don’t perform well in the box office: ethnic minorities, women (especially in traditionally “male” roles), women over 40, LGBTQ members, senior citizens, faith-driven characters, or any stories that don’t appear on the normal studio slate.”

Diverse Voices is also a contest that gives back. For each Diverse Voices entry, WeScreenplay donates $3 to Books For Kids  “to ensure that children of every background and all starts in life have a chance to become storytellers.” With over 500 entries in the Fall 2016 Diverse Voices contest, WeScreenplay raised $1,533 for the Books for Kids Foundation.

Diverse Voices Finalists and Winners receive a total of $5,000 in cash and prizes. These prizes are geared towards developing the writer, with The Grand Prize Winner and some category winners being promoted to producers, agents, and managers. All Finalists will be publicly announced as well.

According to the announcement in Indiewire of the winners of the Spring 2016 Diverse Voices contest, there are “over 30 companies who’ve requested the winners, including Cross Creek Pictures, MarVista, Echo Lake, and Bellevue. The Grand Prize winner will receive a $1,000 writing grant, but all category winners (TV, Feature, Web-series, Short) will receive 3-months of development with Wescreenplay members who have experience at places like HBO, 20th Century Fox, Columbia Pictures, Netflix, and NBC.”

Finalists (the top 20 scripts) will be announced on December 15, 2016. The five winners– The Grand Prize Winner and  Winners of the Feature,  Television, Short, and Web Series categories–will be announced  on January 15, 2017.

wescreenplay-logo-squareAnnouncement of the winners of the first round of 2016 Diverse Voices in Indiewire:


#8! Special Mention/Finalist: I Filmmaker International Film Festival, Marbella, Spain

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“Angelito in Your Eye” has received its 8th official selection as Special Mention / Finalist from the 2016 I Filmmaker International Film Festival in Marbella, Spain.  While not screening at the festival, “Angelito in Your Eye” is still eligible for an award nomination. Now in its second year, the I Filmmaker International Film Festival, located in Marbella, Spain, screens short and feature films, documentaries, and music videos. The festival runs from Dec.4-8, 2016.

7th Official Selection: 2016 BLOW-UP Chicago International Arthouse Film Festival










Short film “Angelito in Your Eye” has received its 7th Official Selection for the 2016 BLOW-UP Chicago International Arthouse Film Festival.  According to the festival guidelines: “An official selection and a nominee will be privately screened for the BFF judging panel, and if it wins its category, it will be screened to the public. The screening categories include: Best Feature, Best Narrative Short, Best Animation, Best Documentary Feature, Best Documentary Short, Best Student Film, Best Experimental Film. We will also be screening a majority of the finalists.” Award Nomination decisions will be announced October 10-15, 2016. I’m so honored to be considered for this wonderful arthouse award and festival.

“Metal Girl” Screenplay Finalist at Nottingham Film Festival, 2016

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Exciting news! Writer/Director Judy Sandra’s feature film script “Metal Girl” is one of the three finalists in Nottingham International Film Festival’s screenplay competition. The festival, in its inaugural year, takes place in Nottingham, UK  on October 7-9, 2016. The winner will be announced on Sunday October 9th at the festival’s closing awards ceremony. The recipient of the Best Screenplay Award will  receive an official Robin Hood award, Final Draft 9 and their work presented to U.K independent executive producers.

According to the official festival announcement, “the quality of screenplays has been really high making this a really tough decision”.

About the festival (from the NottIFF press materials):

“Nottingham’s motto of ‘virtue outlives death’ is as bold as the many stories that have been told about this world famous city. Its rich history of story will be at the very core of a film festival that will seek out the most amazing narratives from around the world. With an ambition to match its creative past, NottIFF is steadfast and determined to make its international film festival one that can stand up and be counted alongside any of the richest and established that already exist on the planet.

The international filmmaking community will descend in and around Sherwood Forest, to celebrate the inaugural official selection and indulge in world and UK premieres, story sharing work studios and after parties, filmmaker talks, and a closing award ceremony that will reward excellence and originality.

Distribution representation, film professionals, press attendance and most importantly a passionate platform for great lasting stories, The Nottingham International Film Festival 2016 will be the first of many in a new annual dynasty to remember.”



“Metal Girl” Screenplay Makes Semifinals in TMFF Screenplay Competition

TMFF screenplay competitionThe screenplay for the feature film “Metal Girl” by Judy Sandra has made the semifinals round of judging in the Glasgow, Scotland based The Monthly Film Festival (TMFF) June-July Screenplay Competition. The competition is held bimonthly in conjunction with the monthly short film online competition of TMFF, which is an IMDB qualifying award festival. The screenplay competition judging runs in steps from quaterfinalists, semifinalists, finalists and grand winner. 

The TMFF Screenplay Award is sponsored by the screenplay software company Final DraftⓇ  The Screenplay Award Winner receives a copy of Final DraftⓇ 9 License software (worth $250) and The Monthly Film Festival trophy. 

The Finalists will be announced on August 25, 2016. The three First, Second, and Third Place Winners will be announced on August 29, 2016. 



“Angelito in Your Eye” Receives Three More Film Award Nominations: The Monkey Bread Tree Film Awards, Spring 2016

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Best Short Film made for less than $5,000

Best Genre Piece of the Season (all budgets)

Best Actor (all budgets) – Cameron Moir 



“Angelito in Your Eye”
has received three film award festival nominations from the London-based The Monkey Bread Tree Film Awards in their Spring, 2016 film awards competition. The directorial debut of writer/director Judy Sandra, the short film previously has been nominated for the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards, February 2016 for Best Short Film Comedy/Dramedy and the Women’s Only Entertainment Film awards, April 2016 for Best Short Comedy. 

For The Monkey Bread Tree Film Awards, which includes feature films and short films, “Angelito in Your Eye” was entered in the category of Short Films with a budget of under $5,000. This competition is unique in that films are judged and categorized not only by their genre but also their overall budgets. 

According to the film award directors, “The Monkey Bread Tree Film Awards is an awards body dedicated to independent film. With competitions every quarter and a changing judge panel of film critics, actors and filmmakers working within the industry, we dedicate ourselves to awarding films based on their originality and creativity, whilst considering their budget restrictions.  We consider production limitations as part of what allows us to judge your creativity and originality. In our opinion, an independent film shot for a shoestring budget should not need to compete with one produced on a larger independent budget for the best prize.”

The nominations for “Angeltio in Your Eye” are:

Best Short Film made for less than $5,000
Best Genre Piece of the Season

Best Actor – Cameron Moir

In the Best Genre Piece and Best Actor categories, all budgets are considered equally, so we’re quite proud of this achievement.

Norwegian actor Mads Sjøgård Pettersen , in “Eddie the Eagle”, attached to “Metal Girl”

I’m excited and pleased to announce that Norwegian actor Mads Sjøgård Pettersen has joined the cast of “Metal Girl” for the role of Olaf. Metal Girl is a feature film coming-of-age story set in 1970s Copenhagen.

Mads Sjøgård Pettersen was born in Straumen, Norway and studied acting at The Norwegian Theater Academy in Frederikstad. 

In the 2016 hit British biopic film “Eddie the Eagle”, Mads plays the supporting role of Erik Moberg, a Norwegian ski jumper.  Loosely based on the life of Olympic underdog ski jumper Michael “Eddie” Edwards, the film stars Hugh Jackman and Taron Egerton, with Rune Temte (also in “Metal Girl”) in the supporting role of Bjørn, the Norwegian coach.

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(Left: At the Oslo premiere of “Eddie the Eagle” Rune Temte, Hugh Jackman, Taron Egerton, Mads Sjøgård Pettersen  Right: Mads Sjøgård Pettersen and Rune Temte in “Eddie the Eagle”)

In 2009, Mads  won Norway’s prestigious Amanda Award for Best Supporting Actor in the comedy/drama feature “North”.  He also starred in the critically acclaimed Norwegian film “Upperdog”, which, amongst other awards and nominations, won the FIPRESCI Prize at the 2009 Berlin International  Film Festival.

mads-cave-posterHe stars with Heidi Toini and Benjamin Helstad  this fall in the Norwegian action thriller “Cave” by writer/director Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken.  The film centers on “a group of former military elite operatives who set out to explore an unchartered abyss, not knowing their worst nightmare is waiting for them deep beneath the ground.”

Mads will be seen in the family adventure feature “Askeladden – In Dovregubbens Hall” based on Asbjørnsens and Moe’s classic Norwmads-in-nobelegian folktales, which will premiere in autumn 2017. Currently, he is starring in the critically acclaimed Norwegian TV mini-series “Nobel”.

About joining the cast of “Metal Girl”, Mads says:
“A young woman’s journey to find her true inner self. A soul searching project set in the cradle of Scandinavia–Copenhagen–the capital of the country with the happiest people on earth. Who can resist such a rich and thrilling adventure into the core values of our modern society?”

Mads Sjøgård Pettersen in “Nobel”