FRIDAY AUGUST 15, 2020 @ 6PM

HERE TODAY Erica Arvold, Director, Meredith Grace Dabney, Writer • USA • 2019 • Drama, Coming of Age • 14 minutes

A high school girl struggles to find her own identity with a new group of friends and discovers that together, their choices have an impact beyond what they ever imagined. This universally autobiographical tale, written by 16-year-old Meredith Grace Dabney, is a reminder of vulnerability, life’s connections and most importantly that words and actions, however small, affect everyone and everything.

DIRECTOR: Erica Arvold has spent 29 years as a casting director, producer, educator, speaker, writer, and now director. Erica has contributed to, participated in, or helmed the making of over 140 films, 85 television shows, and many multimedia & commercial projects. She developed story for the upcoming feature film Shoeless Wonders, recently cast The Goddamned Daylong Brothers and seved as location casting director for The Good Lord Bird, Swagger, Blumhouse’s Untitled Chris Landon film, Harriet, Jeff Nichols’ Loving, the AMC series Turn: Washington’s Spies and three seasons of Netflix’s House of Cards. Erica produced and cast the indie films Josephine, House Hunting, served as associate producer and casting director on Coming Through the Rye, Wish You Well, Texas Rein, and several short films. Erica has been nominated for CSA’s prestigious Artios Award four times (Loving and Elemental in 2017, Big Stone Gap in 2016 and Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln in 2013). In 2012, Arvold was inducted into the First Lady of Virginia’s Opportunity Hall of Fame for contributing to the economic growth in the state. As an educator, Erica travels across the country to speak, co-teach and lead master classes for film artists and laymen alike. She is a member of the Producers Guild of America, Casting Society of America and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Erica is grateful to the many writers, filmmakers and actors who have entrusted her to collaborate over the years. Her company arvold. is headquartered in Charlottesville, VA and has offices in Atlanta, GA.

WRITER: Meredith Grace Dabney is a 16-year-old actor, writer, and storyteller on a mission to “tell stories that need to be told.” As an actor equally in love with stage and screen, Meredith is best known for energetic performances and depth of character portrayals. A young actor with a large body of work, she has participated in an array of independent films and new media projects, and recently returned from the west coast where she shot 2 pilots. Committed to always exploring ways to make her acting more truthful, she trains regularly at Catapult Acting Studios (GA), Young Actors Workshop (CA), and Anthony Meindl’s Actor Workshop (AMAW). Meredith originally wrote “Here Today” when she was 14. When seasoned industry professional Erica Arvold expressed interest in a collaboration to showcase her own directing debut, Meredith began the film adaptation at age 15. Inspired by events in her own life and an over-riding feeling that she (and all of us) “relate to parts of both Katie and Abby,” the film has particular personal meaning. Often providing a sympathetic ear for friends in need, Meredith hopes to use her filmmaking to continue to address topics that need to be brought to light and discussed openly, and in the case of “Here Today,” her goal is to make a difference by reminding us all that our words and actions do indeed matter. Meredith has a number of original projects currently in development including a few shorts, a feature, an anthology, and a series. In addition to acting and creating content, items in the works include establishing her own production company (Astrabeta Creations, which will make its debut with the release of “Here Today”) and launching a non-profit which supports her creative mission.