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.