Category Archives: Directors

Featured Filmmaker: Jocelyn Towne

Jocelyn was born and raised in Los Angeles, attended Crossroads School for the Arts & Sciences and got her B.A. in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley. She also studied dance at the Alvin Ailey School in New York. She got her first production assistant job at 17 on Jon Amiel’s film, “Copycat,” and continued to work as a p.a. for various indie films and commercials. Graduating after three years from UC Berkeley, she moved back to Los Angeles and attended the Meisner based Baron/Brown conservatory for two years. Having been a p.a. and wanting to get more experience on the set, Jocelyn worked for five months as a stand-in on Almost Famous, an incredible learning experience watching and participating in Cameron Crowe’s rehearsals with his actors and watching the amazing John Toll at work. In 2001, Jocelyn got a job as a reader for Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. She helped them to find “Little Miss Sunshine.” In 2004 she joined the Antaeus Academy Company, a classical theatre group based in North Hollywood. As an actor she has had the pleasure of working with some of Los Angeles’ most talented theatre directors, and also several wonderful film/television directors, including Joel Zwick on “Elvis Has Left the Building,” Barbara Kopple on “Havoc” and Bob Odenkirk on an HBO pilot, “Derek & Simon.” She recently completed work in two films, now both in post-production, “The Loop,” starring Rachel Nichols, and “The Selling.” VIEW IMDB



I am I (Jocelyn Towne, Writer/Director)

I AM I is the story of a young woman, Rachael, who meets the father she never knew, Gene, at her mother’s funeral. She discovers that her father is completely delusional and believes her to be her dead mother. After Rachael visits Gene in an assisted living home, she learns that he suffers from a disease called Korsakov’s Syndrome, a form of retrograde amnesia and that her mother had placed him in this facility for treatment a year earlier. He does not remember anything past the age of thirty-three, and believes that he is still a young man. Unable to convince him of who she really is, Rachael decides to go along with her father’s delusions by pretending to be her mother and discovers that under this guise, she and Gene can have “normal” conversations. Before long, Rachael is visiting Gene everyday, finding new ways to bring elements from his past into their present relationship. What began as a search for understanding has become romantic and joyful, but it can’t go on forever. As Rachael pieces together the past and plays out memories for Gene, her need to be seen by her father, for who she truly is, grows strong.

I started writing “I Am I” over four years ago. As a child I often listened to the soundtrack from “The Man of La Mancha,” I loved Don Quixote’s songs, his certainty of self, his declaration to “dream the impossible dream.” I think I related him to my father, who is a dreamer himself, someone who interprets events with child-like wonder, conveniently forgetting things just to enjoy rediscovering them. “I Am I” is ultimately a story about love, love for one’s family, when it is put to the test of untold mysteries suddenly revealed. How the past can portray the present and the truth of who we really are when we see through the eyes of those we love and who love us – even when it is through the prism of delusions.



Jocelyn will be discussing the film,  crowd funding, and the very successful Kickstarter Campaign they had. VIEW HERE


REEL Lady: Heather Ross


Heather Ross spent much of her childhood tagging along to film
classes with her graduate student mother. After obtaining
bachelor’s degrees in Film/Video and Psychology at UC Santa Cruz,
she produced segments on all 7 continents as associate producer of
the feature documentary, Naked World (HBO). On Mean
Girls,(Discovery Health), she worked with a diverse group of girls,
from cheerleaders to cholas, whose stories illustrate a hidden
culture of girls’ aggression. She has gone on to direct and produce
programs for Discovery Channel, A & E, MTV, FX and Fox
including the acclaimed series Intervention. GIRLS ON THE WALL is
her first feature.


The teenage girls of Warrenville Prison are not your average
delinquents. Having “graduated” from juvie to prison, these are the
kids most likely to remain in the correctional system their whole
lives. They are also some of the sharpest and most irrepressible
young women you’ll meet. When the girls of this heartland Illinois
prison are given a most unlikely shot at redemption— the chance to
tell their own stories in a musical based on their lives— they’re
challenged to re-live the events that led up to their crimes,
reclaim their humanity, and find their own exuberant voices in a
first step toward breaking free from the prison system.

– The eyes and ears of Warrenville, and our
unexpected heroine. Intimidating, self-isolating, and one of
Warrenville’s longest-term inmates, Whitney is infamous for a crime
she won’t talk about. Despite herself, she soon emerges as one of
the most powerful storytellers in the group. Her writing introduces
us to her charming, drug-addled father, a man whose mistakes paved
the way to his daughter’s heinous crime. As the performance
approaches, Whitney’s growing voice may lead both of them to
confront the past and try to move forward.

ROSA (17) – is a hot-tempered girl who taunts guards and
inmates alike. Released from Warrenville, she returns weeks later
after getting nearly killed in a knife fight. With a constant
reminder of her temper carved into her throat, she is forced to
grapple with the sexual abuse that is the source of her anger.

CHRISTINA (18) – is a friendly, popular girl whose only
crime is running away. Drawn into street life by her mother’s crack
habit, she’s spent most of her life in jails and foster placements.
When she gets a chance for adoption by a wealthy Christian family,
she jumps at it– but can’t reconcile her new upper-middle class
life with her loyalty to her mother’s world.

When the girls hit the stage in front of their families, prison
staff and utter strangers, hitting the notes isn’t important: it’s
their chance to seize their stories and tell them to the world. For
some, the musical will be a first step in a back-and-forth struggle
to stay out of the system. For Whitney, it may be a lifesaver.
Given unprecedented access to this juvenile correctional facility
by the State of Illinois, the powerful characters of GIRLS ON THE
WALL will surprise you with their candor, intimacy, and unexpected
sense of humor. Together, they illustrate the power of story to
illuminate the darkest secrets, and to understand the most tangled

GIRLS ON THE WALL is directed and produced by Heather Ross
& Sincerely Films in association with Independent Television
Service and PB& J Television.


“This moving doc about girls at a juvenile detention center…
demonstrates the healing power of expressing their pent-up emotions
and exposing their vulnerability” – Laura Baginsky, Time Out

“An emotionally moving piece speaking to art as a way to heal” –
Chicago International Film Festival, Special Mention Jury Award

Pick of the Festival — Roger Ebert for the Chicago Sun Times,
Robert Nott for the Santa Fe New Mexican, Time Out Chicago


January 13, 2010 at the American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theater in

8pm, preceded at 7pm with live music