Areas of Focus: Feature Films
Sally is the producer of five independent feature films, including Hedgehog, starring Emmy Award winning actress Ann Dowd and Madeline Brewer (Orange is the New Black, The Handmaid\’s Tale), which premiered at the 2017 Cinequest Film Festival, Sundown, The Mayor of Rock and Roll and It’s Not Funny Anymore. She is also the co-producer of Fat which premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and was released in December of 2015. Prior to working in the independent film industry, Sally produced television programs for more than 20 years for PBS, The Food Network and DIY Network.
Sally is currently in the process of securing financing for her latest project, Swell, a thriller that happens in real time.
The daughter of a late comic is forced to confront her fears of performing.
Ken is a man that won’t change his ways. Addicted to food, and bad health in general, he is headed on a one way path to an early grave. Despite help from his friends, he does what he wants, until a chance encounter that might just give him the motivation he needs. Fat is a funny, and dramatic look at food addiction. It is an unflinching story based on Mark Phinney’s own experiences and writings on the subject.
An indie comedy about a family dealing with the ravages and absurdities of dementia.
Swell is a narrative feature film in the process of securing financing. It takes place on the outskirts of a town where a brother and sister, who have lived in isolation for 17 years, wake up one morning to find their adoptive mother has disappeared. As they struggle to locate her, a mysterious man arrives on their property with a questionable proposition and a police deputy is called shortly after. Ulterior motives, family dynamics, paranoia and a unique invention fuel this thriller in real time.
In addition to being an entertaining, tense, mysterious and often funny story, Swell explores the breakdown of communication and discourse in our society. Through its action and great dialogue, it examines how we process our information, and how quickly a situation can deteriorate as a result of a simple misunderstanding. As the characters interact, they reveal how people talk to each other but don’t really hear what is being said; how assumptions and misinterpretation can exacerbate circumstances; and how someone’s past experiences can prevent them from seeing the truth that is in right front of them.