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Editor’s Letter - SHE! makes it happen The first person I called when I found out we’d scored an interview with mega motion picture producer Deborah Del Prete (see page 13) was SHE! fashion director Sandra Packwood. I was over the moon with excitement but also a bit unsure how to proceed with this gem of an opportunity. “Are you kidding?” she responded. “We create an entire issue around it, tie it to the Academy Awards and encourage women to throw Oscar parties and get glammed up like movie stars. It’ll be the perfect anti-depressant for the winter blues!” Duh. Why didn’t I think of that? There are plenty of things I don’t think of, that I don’t even have to think of, because Sandra does. From the first issue of SHE! to the one in your hands, Sandra has styled, directed and written almost every fashion feature. She comes up with the theme, finds the location, selects the models, pulls the clothes and accessories, and coordinates the hair, makeup and photography. The day of the shoot, Sandra’s a perpetual motion machine, pinning, buttoning, belting, and sometimes even modeling. Clearly, she makes it happen. She can make it happen for you, too. Sandra’s skills as a personal stylist are unparalleled. Pay her a visit at her upscale consignment shop, Do You Déjàvu at 43 Main Street, Warrenton and see for yourself. And if you’d like to model for SHE!, drop her a note and some photos at And now without further ado, I am proud to present the winter 2018 issue of SHE! I hope you enjoy it. Cheers!



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SHE TIME | Mind. Body. Soul. Movie stars need to eat right and exercise every day. Their lives depend on it. Guess what? So does yours. By Debbie Abbott

Movie stars are lucky, their passion for acting drives a strong motivation to eat clean and exercise. Sadly for many of us, we’ve let food and alcohol become our passion. 70% of us are overweight, and more than 30% of us are obese. Our poor kids are on the same path, with experts projecting no slow down in the rising numbers. What to do when you’ve developed habits and patterns that keep your body in a state you don’t like? DITCH THE DIET MENTALITY Dieters always have “good days” or “bad days.” I know that for two reasons; one, I was a dieter for decades, and two, I work in the fitness and nutrition industry. This is what I hear all the time: “I was so bad on vacation/last week/ last weekend/ 10

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food dyes, and chemicals you can’t pronounce? Don’t eat it! 1) Give up grains and sugar Grab your stomach, can you pinch anything? You could lose that if you ditch simple carbs – think bread, pasta, crackers, and dessert. You’ll also lose or reduce headaches, skin issues, diabetes, bloat, foggy thinking, bad sleep, and inflammation. 2) Learn to cook True, cooking is time consuming and takes skill. So schedule the time and develop the skill. Practice making real whole food a normal part of your life and stop making excuses – lots of busy people cook. While you’re at it, teach your kids to cook, too. 3) Clear out the crap Junk in the cabinets calls out with a very loud voice that’s


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SHE CALLS THE SHOTS Women in Film and Television.

Inside... Angie Goff, broadcast journalist for NBC4 Washington, D.C. and the Today Show Deborah Del Prete, mega-successful producer of The Wedding Planner Nina May, Virginia-based producer of the new series Daily Bread AND the answer to the question Who’s That Girl?

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a breath of fresh air pilot program for “externships” that Mason immediately put “Sometimes our most whim- into use. sical, spontaneous, and dramat- After graduating, she acceptic decisions turn out to be our ed a full-time offer to be the perbest ones. If you think too much, sonal assistant to an ET host. you’ll think yourself out of it.” At the same time, she worked as These are the words of Angie on-air talent for a cable access Goff, the region’s beloved news channel. From there, she went anchor for NBC4 Washington, to Iowa and South Carolina, colD.C. who also makes regular ap- lecting accolades for her style. pearances on The Today Show. Returning to this area, howAmong the secrets to her sucever, was important to Angie, cess: “being authentic, having whose parents and sisters live zero regrets, never saying never, in Virginia. When the call came and remembering that we are to become a traffic reporter for constant students.” WUSA, she knew it would “al Having spent much of her low me to learn something new childhood in Seoul while her and get closer to where I wantfather served in the U.S. Army, ed to be.” Predictably, her time Angie arrived at Herndon High in that spot was short lived. In School as a junior knowing 2011, she was once again revirtually no one. So what did porting the news – this time in a she do? Ran for class president, coveted position with NBC4. of course – and won. Later, at Part of her success has been George Mason, she realized that an uncanny talent for recognizshe felt passionate about telling how to leverage emerging ing stories and completed five technology. She was one of the internships. One of those posifirst reporters to do live updates tions, with Entertainment Toon Twitter. night (ET), helped pave the way “Trying to convince peofor her future. Initially, howevple that Twitter was a viable er, George Mason had no way platform for the news in 2008 of giving her credit because the wasn’t easy,” she admits. opportunity was in Los Angeles. She also started a tremenHer response was to devise a dously popular blog called By Laura Clark

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“Oh My Goff,” which is still entertaining readers today. As she puts it, “Social media is the story behind the story. It’s everyday life. It used to be that you were invited into viewers’ living rooms for a few minutes each broadcast, but now it’s a 24-hour invitation. Engagement is the key.” Understanding the power of social media has been critical for Angie, who genuinely connects with her followers daily. Her fans relate to her because she shares her life so honestly. It’s easy to forget that this woman who makes her schedule look effortless wakes up at 2 a.m. on weekdays, has a weekend show as well, and still manages to be a devoted wife and mother who asks her children every night what they’re thankful for (she says, smiling, that “the answer usually involves chocolate”). In addition to family, Angie is a passionate patriot and deeply appreciative of the sacrifices


military families make. She loves covering military issues, defense, international affairs, and veterans. Through it all, Angie has managed to remain remarkably humble. She explains that she is most fulfilled when someone says she has “changed their life, motivated them, touched them – that’s the biggest compliment. That’s the goal.” Yet she plays down what she has accomplished, saying that she “doesn’t wake up feeling successful, feeling like I’m going to kill this day!” She sees humor in the thought of her own celebrity. In fact, she readily admits that she “doesn’t find herself interesting.” Her fans would most definitely disagree. You can find Angie at 4 a.m. weekday mornings on NBC4, follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @OhMyGoff, and check out her site at www.

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SHE! goes to Hollywood with motion picture producer

Deborah Del Prete By Laura Clark

Some years ago, an endlessly energetic girl grew up in a family that included a father who was a film editor in New York City and a grandmother who made beaded gowns for Mae West. She read prodigiously, went to plays, watched television, devoured movies, and gravitated towards all methods of storytelling. Then one day, she saw 2001: A Space Odyssey, and was fascinated. The movie became what she refers to as her “seminal film,” spurring her to delve deeply into what goes on behind the scenes of moviemaking. Not too many years later, Deborah Del Prete would go on to produce Ender’s Game, Green Street Hooligans, and the mega-successful The Wedding Planner. SHE! was fortunate enough to have a few moments of Deborah’s time, and we jumped at the chance to share her remarkable story of making it to the top. Navigating the nuances of Hollywood is hard for anyone. It’s exceptionally difficult, however, for women. Deborah admits that the odds against success are great because women simply don’t get the “leg-ups” that men do. Rather than shrink from the considerable challenges, however, she persevered. “Never having to sleep a lot On the set of Locating Silver Lake with Finn Wittrock and Josh Peck. gave me a huge natural advantage,” she adds without irony. To fully understand her accomplishments, one must know that for her to find time for outside interests. But she enjoys traveling film production is complex and demanding. For starters, lead pro- and occasionally takes advantage of times when she can add a day ducers find the money to fund projects, a daunting task. But they or two for herself after a shoot on location. also discover stories If all of this seems exhausting, Deborah doesn’t see it that way. worth telling; “The one thing I know for sure is that right now, this minute, manage everyone somewhere on this planet, probably someone I’ll never know, is on set from caterers watching a film I made and it’s making them feel less alone. That’s to A-list stars; are what keeps me going. That’s everything for me.” efficiency experts; Catch Deborah’s most recent film, The Submarine Kid, on work under shockingly Netflix. And be on the lookout for her upcoming movies, Locating tight deadlines; and Silver Lake and Pay Up. take responsibility for an entire film from concept to execution. “The one thing I know for sure is that right now, this The buck starts and minute, somewhere on this planet, probably somestops with them. one I’ll never know, is watching a film I made and Although movies are it’s making them feel less alone. That’s what keeps art, Deborah is quick me going. That’s everything for me.” to point out that “They’re a group project, not a painting.” To succeed as a lead producer, one has to be a talented manager who understands the requirements of every job in the group. Additionally, Deborah cautions that sometimes keeping the atmosphere copacetic on set can require putting on a therapist hat. What’s more, every film is its own start-up business. When one wraps, the entire process starts from square one with the next. How does Deborah view the future of her industry? Discussing the exponential changes to distribution now that so many platforms are available, she optimistically points to greater access, more opportunities for niche films, and democratization of creativity. She does lament the tendency for “retreads” (think big-budget sequels) to rule the day and points to the lure of pre-marketing as the culprit. Given Deborah’s relentless schedule, it would seem impossible SHE! WINTER 2018


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God, girls, and guns Meet writer and producer Nina May By Maddison Hicks Nina May’s sales-pitch for her ‘faith-based, post-apocalyptic drama’ resonated dissonantly with me during our first meeting last year. My initial discomfort at what felt like an appeal to the conservative man’s gaze temporarily subsided as Nina continued on to discuss her desire to nurture female talent in a safe environment through her projects with Renaissance Women Productions; and while that catchy little slogan echoed strangely in my chest, this new acquaintance tried to find ways to welcome me into her world. Because SHE! editor Susan McCorkindale introduced me as a writer and musician, Nina May began formulating ideas for incorporating me into her production. Months passed, but that slogan kept flipping around in my head like a fish out of water. “If you like God, girls, and guns...” The

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phrase conjured this image of a woman in skin-tight jeans and a low-cut shirt, a pair of sky-high heels, an all-American bleach job, a Bible resting against a hip conveniently pushed out to one side to exaggerate her curves, and a glossy black assault rifle contrasting against her tanned

“If you like God, girls, and guns, you’ll love Daily Bread.” skin - all in front of a rippling American flag. Thus when I began researching the Daily Bread series, I was hopeful for anything that would dismiss this unwelcomed stereotyped woman of my preconception. The seven female leads of Daily Bread do wear skin-tight pants, pose in high heels, and carry weapons in most of the promotional images, but in stills from the film, the women are in combat boots with their hair pulled back, ready to get to work rebuilding civilization. The narrating character is a blonde white woman, but the gorgeous ensemble cast boasts women of color playing primary characters with developed back-stories. The trailer does prominently feature the Lord’s Prayer, but not in an obvious commercial exploit of religion;

it feels more like an anchoring meditation of gratitude in a tumultuous drama. As I watched Daily Bread’s On Set series on YouTube, I found myself shifting away from skepticism and toward optimism. In the videos, Skip Lipman interviews Nina May in her home (which doubles as the set for the series) along with several members of the cast. May comes across as a woman of depth, creativity, strength, and contemplation, a queen of sorts reigning over her enormous home and 130+ acre farm in Northern Virginia. The series explores some pretty heavy topics. The primary theme is the concept of ‘surviving or thriving.’ In the natural world, animals exist to survive. In the civilized world, humans have developed beyond pursuing mere survival; we thrive through the processes of creation and education, social interaction and communal organization. May laments that the modern addiction to screens and devices seems to have stolen these joys from life. In Daily Bread, May plays a scarily plausible game of ‘whatif’ by pulling the plug on all that technology. A solar flare renders inoperable electricity and all of its dependent devices. “It’s like God flipping a light switch,” says May. Suddenly all the technology our society depends

upon is gone. Would we use the crisis as a fresh start and rebuild a better civilization? Or would we devolve into an animalistic survival mode? The women of Daily Bread face this scenario in two factions: the ‘foodies’ and the ‘gunnies.’ The foodies prioritize sustenance, not just of the body, but of the mind, heart, and soul; these women want to salvage the remnants of civilized humanity through comforts. The gunnies prioritize protection and survival; without survival, what is the point of sustenance and civilized comforts? May’s thought-provoking series explores what it takes to thrive, not just survive in a world gone dark. Watch it at and

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Introducing talented tween filmmaker Celia Cooley, winner of the British Council’s Shakespeare Lives Short Film Competition By Katie Yeager Meet Celia Cooley who, at the ripe old age of 12, won the Shakespeare Shorts film competition. I don’t know about you, but I quake at the thought of Shakespeare. What are they saying? What does that mean? Eek! Not Celia. “There are two things I really like about Shakespeare’s writing,” Celia told me. “First, I like the language he uses and how you can read his writing like a poem. And second, I like his comedies. He’s a serious writer, but he can make fun of himself. For example, in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, he makes fun of Romeo and Juliet by using a play inside of a play. That’s part of what inspired me to make my film, Oh Romeo.” Celia took some time to talk

with me about “Oh Romeo,” filmmaking, blogging, and the whirlwind trip to London she won. Katie: At the time you won the competition you were 12. That’s young to be a Shakespeare fan. How’d that happen? Celia: When I was seven and part of a performing arts group in Winchester, we did a parody of Macbeth. Three years later I played Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at a Shakespeare summer camp. I thought the play was going to be hard to understand and the dialogue hard to memorize, but I surprised myself and I realized that even though Shakespeare’s plays are challenging, they still can be fun.


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SHE CALLS THE SHOTS | Women in Film and Television. Continued from Page 15 Katie: Tell me about the Shakespeare Shorts competition. Celia: It’s an online contest open to filmmakers of any age, from any part of the world. Entrants are invited to create short films that are inspired by, or reinterpret, Shakespeare’s works. Katie: And you were inspired by Romeo and Juliet. Celia: Yes! I entered my short film, Oh Romeo, which starred my cat, Firepaw, as Romeo, and my dad as the cameraman. Katie: Were you blogging about filmmaking prior to winning? Celia: No. When we got the email saying I’d won, it included a list of questions and requests, one of which was that we document our experience in London. I chose a blog so people could follow our adventures and because we’d always have it as a reminder of all the wonderful things we did on our trip.

Katie: So, tell me about the grand prize. Celia: It was an amazing, all expenses paid trip to London that included a screening of my film at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, filmmaking equipment, and the chance to meet incredible people like director Simon Hunter and the executive producer of Downton Abbey, Gareth Neame. At the end of our meeting he gave me a book signed by the entire cast of Downton Abbey, including Dame Maggie Smith, who is a personal favorite of mine, and said, “I better not see this on eBay.” I assured him he never would! Katie: Describe the filmmaking workshop you attended. Celia: On the second and third days of my trip, I attended a filmmaking workshop with director Simon Hunter. The workshop covered every aspect of making a feature film on a low budget – from how to work

with available locations, to using a minimum of equipment and crew. It was great. Katie: It must have been pretty cool having your film screened at the ICA. Celia: It was! We went with Cortina Butler and Thomas Kell of the British Council, and Sir Ciaran Devane, who’s the director (pretty cool meeting a “sir”). Not only was my film screened, but I was awarded a plaque from actress, writer, and director Nat Luurtsema, and I got to give an acceptance speech! After the ceremony, there was a party and I got to talk to Nat some more. She was inspiring, had a lot of funny stories, and talked about the challenges of being a woman in the entertainment business. Katie: How has winning the contest inspired you? Celia: It’s inspired me to keep acting and making movies of my own. I’d like to do documen-

taries, and have an idea for one I’m working on now. Katie: Where can SHE! readers see “Oh Romeo”? Celia: On my blog at WhereforeArtThouCelia.wordpress. com. Contributor Katie Yeager is a senior at Highland School.

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applied there for dance teaching position in 1990. Then a new mother, she toted her four-year-old son Colin and newborn daughter Cece with her to her interview. Soon after Amy was hired to teach, she was also invited to dance with the Manassas Dance Company, the performing branch of the school that mixed professional dancers with its students. Even though she was teaching and dancing nearly every day, she had energy to burn. Since there weren’t professional classes for adults available locally, she sought out opportunities to study in Washington and Maryland — classes she squeezed in at dawn each day so she could come back to Manassas and teach. In the evenings, she performed with the Manassas Dance Company. Her life was “intense,” as she describes it, but that’s exactly how she liked it. Her driving schedule led to an idea that was born in 1997, when Amy learned about the renovations intended to revive the weary silhouette of Old Town Manassas. “I read in the Washington Post that Lloyd and Lou Harris were planning to open shops, art Continued on Page 26

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Slip into one of the glamorous looks on pages 19 to 24 (and encourage your friends to do so, too), and shake off the winter blues by celebrating Hollywood’s biggest night. Swanky snacks, signature cocktails, selfies, and making fun of any and all self-indulgent acceptance speeches go a long way to making those endorphins soar. Roll out the red carpet

Welcome guests by rolling out the red carpet. Make one with any piece of red fabric or pick one up at Party City for under $10. ✔ Don’t forget to… designate a couple of teens to take photos of guests paparazzi-style.

Set up a selfie station

Up your party’s fabulous factor with a selfie station. All you need is a fabric back-drop, a few hanging gold stars, a selfie stick, their phone and a personalized hashtag to track the images posted throughout the night. ✔ Don’t forget to… accessorize your selfie station with a fake Oscar, some costume jewelry, bow ties, feather boas and past images of Oscar winners for a little inspiration.

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All events should have a signature cocktail and our Red Carpet Fizz practically shouts Oscar party fabulousness. Its deep red color and gold “Hollywood” straws makes the perfect sip for your party. ✔ Don’t forget to… dress up your everyday champagne flutes with a dapper black bowtie and some pearl sticker-buttons.

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Popcorn anyone?

Popcorn and movies go hand-inhand. Be sure to offer a variety of savory and sweet flavors like classic butter, kettle corn, cheddar cheese, and bacon-caramel corn. For added authenticity, offer movie theater candy, too. Many guests like to mix their Gummy bears, Twizzlers, and Raisinets right into their popcorn!

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We found some adorable (and free) Oscar printables online including Oscar ballots, bingo and trivia, and Mad Lib-style speeches. Grab a few clipboards, attach a gold dipped pencil or pen, and award your winners with mini Oscar statues. ✔ Don’t forget to… Create a memorable swag bag for guests to take home. Include a mini bottle of champagne, some red and/or sparkle gold nail polish, mini gold candy boxes and of course microwave popcorn. And the Oscar goes to… YOU, for creating a party that your guests will remember for a long time.

Bacon Carmel Corn

Recipe courtesy of The Spruce Ingredients Note: You will need a candy thermometer 6 slices cooked bacon 5 cups popcorn, popped 1/2 cup brown sugar 4 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons light corn syrup 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/3 cup pecans, toasted and chopped Directions • Preheat oven to 250º. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Spray with nonstick cooking spray. • Chop bacon into small pieces. • Place the bacon, popcorn, and chopped pecans into a large bowl and toss. • In a small saucepan, combine brown sugar, butter, and corn syrup. Stir over medium heat. Once melted, stop stirring and insert a candy thermometer. • Cook three to four minutes, or until candy thermometer hits 238º. • Remove pan from heat, add baking soda, and stir vigorously. The sugar mixture will foam up, so be careful. • Pour the foamy sugar over the popcorn mixture and quickly stir everything together, making sure the popcorn, nuts, and bacon are coated with caramel. • Spread the popcorn out on the baking sheet. Bake for about 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes to distribute the caramel. • Once popcorn is golden brown and crunchy, remove from oven and allow to cool completely.


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Ingredients 1 oz Maraschino cherry juice 2 oz cranberry juice 1 1/2 oz cherry vodka 1/2 oz lemon juice 2-3 oz lemon flavored sparkling soda or seltzer Dash of Grenadine syrup Optional/garnish: Maraschino cherries Gold paper straws “Hollywood” gold foil/sparkle craft stickers attached to straws for a red carpet presentation Directions 1. In a cocktail shaker, combine cherry vodka, cranberry juice, Maraschino cherry juice, lemon juice, a dash of grenadine syrup and ice cubes. 2. Shake and strain into a red carpet worthy glass. 3. Top off with sparkling soda/ seltzer and garnish with maraschino cherry.

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Just the ticket: Virginia’s best film festivals By Terri Lynn Erwin Local film festivals allow attendees to view and discuss new films, many of which will go on to win major awards. Here we’ve rounded up several of Virginia’s best film festivals for those – like us – who are thrilled that Hollywood’s now so close to home.


awards ceremony held at the Mosaic in Fairfax and judged by directors, writers, and college professors. Dates of Festival: April 1-14 Tickets: $15 per screening Location: Angelika Film Center, 2911 District Ave., Fairfax For more information and tickets, see

Richmond International Film Festival

Created by Heather Waters over seven years ago, the Richmond International Film Festival today is one of the largest international film festivals in the Mid-Atlantic region. Established in 2000 by the makers of LUNA, the “whole nutrition bar for women,” LunaFest is a traveling festival of award-winning short films by, for, and about women. In Virginia, the event is sponsored by Girls on the Run of Fairfax. Date of Festival: Thursday, March 22 Tickets: $55 VIP, $35 General Admission Location: Angelika Film Center, 2911 District Ave., Fairfax For more information and tickets, see https://www.


Dates of Festival: April 23-29 Tickets: Festival Flex Film includes full VIP access to all film screenings and events - $225 Five general film screenings $40 Individual film screening - $10 in advance/ $12 at the door Location: Virginia’s Bowtie Cinemas, 1331 North Blvd, Richmond, Byrd Theater, 2908 West Cary St., Richmond For more information and tickets, see https://rvafilmfestival. com/

Fernando A Mico, Founder NOVA Fest Now in its fourth year, the Northern Virginia International Film Festival boasts it brings “Hollywood to the East Coast” with the “biggest festival and market of its kind in the United States In addition to screenings, the festival hosts seminars, panels, receptions and parties leading up to an “Oscar-style”

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My love life in 10 movies By Adivah Israel 1. War of the Roses – because without the constant battles of an unhealthy marriage and the subsequent divorce, there would be no opportunity to experience this crazy little thing called dating. Luckily, no one died.

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