"nice" has certainly gotten a bad rap...
The name "nice
girls films" refers not to my being the typical "nice girl," as
opposed to being a "bad girl," but rather my whole philosophy of filmmaking--
Being "nice" has nothing to do with being boring, or subservient, or
a doormat...Being "nice" is being appreciative and kind to the people
who are trying to help you create your vision...Being "nice" doesn't
preclude being driven or ambitious or motivated or strong...Being "nice"
just means that I work better surrounded by people who are professional, prepared...I
believe there are many talented people in our industry, and it's just as easy
to pick people who help you create a healthy atmosphere as it is to pick jerks.
I decided to call my production company "nice girls films" after
the title of an article about the tennis player, Lindsay Davenport, entitled "Nice
Girls Finish First."
And hopefully, we do.
The first production
of nice girls films is my short film, "The Shangri-la Cafe." "The
Shangri-la Cafe" has been invited to over 20 festivals all over the world,
winning the Best Short Film award at the Moondance International Film Festival
in Boulder, Colorado; the Best Screenplay Award from the Brussels Independent
International Film Festival in Brussels, Belgium; Second Place in the Best Short
Film Category at the Nashville Independent Film Festival and helped me win the
title "Filmmaker of the Year 2000" from the National Organization for
Women (N.O.W.). For more info about the film, go to the "The
Shangri-la Cafe" page.
Lily is directing her first feature, "MODEL MINORITY", in Los Angeles. Model Minority was a three time finalist for the Sundance Feature Film Labs and the Nicholl Fellowship for Screenwriting. Check out the website here.