Based on true events, it’s 1971 in Ann Arbor, Michigan when Pamela, a bespectacled, student actress goes on her first movie audition. The strange-looking director Patrick enters and after probing small talk, hands her a script, one she has not had time to look over. He complains he cannot see her eyes through the camera lens, asks her to take off her glasses as we then switch in and out of her blurry perspective. Pamela begins to perform the scene. Happy with her work Patrick immediately requests that she remove her clothes. She resists but he insists she cannot get the part unless she disrobes. What happens next surprises her and us.
Speaking for both of us, when the short screenplay for this film won second place at the 2016 Amsterdam International Film Festival (the Van Gogh Award) suddenly my first little exercise in screenwriting looked like it could be a viable film. My daughter Elizabeth, already an award-winning filmmaker (Austin and Nashville Film Festival Jury Awards for her web-series “Guest Appearances”) was excited to portray me during this seminal event in my life and enthusiastically suggested we direct and produce together as well.
It’s hard to discuss our film without revealing too much of what happens. We want you the audience to be as unaware of the events as they unfold as I was at the time. They were unexpected and reverberated throughout my life.
As you learn at the end of ‘the first of many’ these long ago events from 1971 became refocused in my life in 2013 by my randomly being led to read an article on the internet. After you’ve watched the film, we invite you to read it at the this link and listen to what happened to me when I read it.
While we were contemplating making the film we became aware of something Nora Ephron said, “When you slip on a banana peel, people laugh at you. But when you tell people you slipped on a banana peel, it’s your laugh.” She also said “Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” Those quotes pretty much sum up why we made ‘the first of many”….for all the (heroes) and heroines out there.