Piven Celebrates Piven at Film Festival

Some of the best well known movies have had female directors at the helm.  This past weekend marked the world premiere of “Fully Loaded.” The film is Shira Piven’s directorial debut of a feature film.  It debuted in Evanston at the Talking Pictures Film Festival.

“Fully Loaded” originally was created from an improvisational piece.  It ‘s creators were the two actresses who play the leads in the movie, Paula Killin  and Lisa Orkin.  It examines the journey and the choices we make in our lives as women.  The audience becomes passengers in a car as the two women chat about the events of the night. We get to eavesdrop on the many regrets that the girls have made with men and their lives.  I cheer the fact that these women are not the stereotypical actresses in their twenties and a size two.  It gives me hope as a middle aged actress as well.  The editing for the movie is awesome and the soundtrack can only be described as kick ass. They should seriously think of making a sound track to sell.  An added treat in the movie is the appearance of Shira’s mother, Joyce as Lisa’s mother.  Dweezil Zappa also shines as the young man that Paula dallies with at the bar.  This encounter is the fuel for most of the movie.  The two girls have this discussion as they drive around LA in the wee hours of the morning. A girl powered feature , it gives the audience a chance to re-evaluate their own lives.

Following the film, there was a reception honoring the director and her mother at the Piven Theatre.  Friends and family gathered to congratulate Shira .  The guests enjoyed pastries and fruits and libations as well.

Actress Paula and Director Shira at the film’s Q and A

Joyce is very proud of her daughter, Shira. She was great in the film herself.

Me , Shira and Joyce as I congratulate Shira on a great movie. It was great to meet such talented and creative women.  They inspire me.


About chitownstarconnections

Melanie Christy is am actress/singer who came to Chicago to pursue her dreams of acting. Coming from a small town in Ohio she has been enjoying the things that city life has to offer like great cuisine from all parts of the globe, parties with great people including celebrities, gorgeous fashions and of course fun! Follow her, read her blog and learn about all the amazing adventures you can be a part of throughout Chicagoland! Jennifer Hedrick is the photographer and techie for our blogs. She was born and raised here in Chicago. Her love of photography started when she was a child. She has photographed many celebs, events, fashion shows and more. She also considers herself a bit of a foodie and loves food porn. Her other loves include her nieces and nephews, animals and the shows Castle, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Grey's Anatomy and Scandal.
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