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Photo by Debra DiPaoloNAME:DORSAY ALAVI
HOW DO YOU PAY THE RENT?I directed music videos a while back, and my husband works as an actor.
WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW?Burbank. I've gotta get out of here.
WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE HANGOUT? Since I've been a mom, it's changed. I was pregnant when I was shooting, so you can imagine -- the hormones were raging.
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WHEN DID YOU START MAKING FILMS? In film school, at the University of San Diego. I started making experimental films, documentary. In my last year, I took a risk and made a narrative film, and from then on I knew what I wanted to do -- features.
HOW DID YOU START MAKING MUSIC VIDEOS?I did it as a spec for a band I knew from Australia. Epic Records signed the band based on the video. The guy from Epic flew in from London and said, "You have to do this." So I did another one, and that played on MTV, and I got signed. Then I realized I just had to go out and make my feature. I had written a screenplay called A Page of Madnessthat had gotten a lot of attention. It never got made, but David Lynch had become the executive producer and CAA kind of got involved. But no one would give me the money to direct it, because I didn't have feature experience.
NAME:KERRI LEE GREEN
PLACE OF BIRTH:New Jersey
HOW DO YOU PAY THE RENT?I was an actress as a child, so that had been paying my rent. I was in Lucas, Goonies. Now I would say God pays my rent.
DO PEOPLE RECOGNIZE YOU?Half of the time it's "You're the girl from . . . " The other half of the time it's "Did I go to high school with you?"
NAME THREE MOVIE HEROES. Steven Spielberg. This is where I wish I went to film school so I could say something impressive, like Godard or Bertolucci. Truffaut -- that will make me seem smart. [Laughs.] And the people I worked with -- Carl Reiner, John Candy, David Seltzer -- because they were the ones who taught me, even though they didn't know it.
HOW DID YOU GO ABOUT MAKING YOUR MOVIE?Bonnie Dickenson and I founded Independent Women Artists, decided to do a benefit as our first project, and the benefit became Bellyfruit, the play. The benefit was for Gramercy Group Homes, which is a home for teen mothers. We got this incredible, overwhelming response and turned it into a movie so it could be seen everywhere.
HOW DID YOU RAISE YOUR PRODUCTION MONEY?Grants and five or six MasterCards.
ANY GUARDIAN ANGELS?Nancy Daly Riordan. She has an executive-producer credit.
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE TO SHOOT? It was a three-week shoot with 50 locations, 58 speaking roles, 11 babies.
HOW MUCH DID BELLYFRUIT COST?Not allowed to say.
MOVIE:Hit and Runway
AGE:I'll just put it this way, I'm in my early 30s. If someone is not going to give me a job because I'm a little older than they think, why should I actually say my age?
PLACE OF BIRTH:Los Angeles
HOW DO YOU PAY THE RENT?I scored a cartoon series with my songwriting partner. We did a cartoon series, a one-hour animated special. I had a song used on Northern Exposure. I had some money that my family left me to help me get through. In the last year, it's been really tough.
ANY GUARDIAN ANGELS? My writing partner, Jaffe [Cohen] -- and vice versa.
WHEN DID YOU BECOME INTERESTED IN MAKING MOVIES?My dad wrote a book called Ronnie Finckelhof Superstar -- my dad was president of Capitol Records back in the '60s, he signed the Beatles, the Beach Boys -- it got published and was optioned. It was about a nerd in high school who becomes the number-one rock star in the country. Which was probably my fantasy. [Laughs.] I started writing songs for the film, then I heard about film school and sort of put two and two together. I'm going to direct that some day.
HOW MUCH MONEY DID YOUR MOVIE COST? I can't say.
WORST PRODUCTION EXPERIENCE? Every day.
BEST? At the end of each day, I knew what we were doing was really good.
MOVIE:Better Living Through Circuitry
PLACE OF BIRTH:Philadelphia
WHAT DID YOU SHOOT ON?Sony VX1000, which is a digital video camera. You can throw it in your backpack, walk into a rave and start shooting.
WHERE DID YOU GROW UP?Silicon Valley
DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN HIGH SCHOOL.Captain of the debate team -- rebel geek.
HOW DO YOU PAY THE RENT?I had money saved up from a bunch of music videos that I did, and then I got a big music video in between my two films.
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