Christie Conochalla: Writer & Director

Christie Conochalla is a writer/director in Los Angeles, CA known for her screwball romantic comedy "Once Upon A Zipper," her award winning dramatic short "August in the City," and coming in 2019 her first feature film "Forever Not Maybe" starring Mandahla Rose and Marie-Pier Gibeault, an old Hollywood style love story about two women who don't have time for love or desire to sacrfice their success to settle down but who fall in love and try anyway. You can find the trailer on YouTube and Vimeo! Follow our social media to learn where you'll be able to see the film. Christie loves inspiring and supporting women and women in the industry and loves helping others work towards their creative goals to show people that you can achieve your dreams. All you need is a plan, endurance and a support who can help you see the path a little better.

What do you love most about Your City?

Los Angeles is a really special place. I've always been a fan of old Hollywood films and television so it is pretty surreal to see movies at theaters where Judy Garland walked the red carpet. Walk the Culver City sidewalk near Sony Studios where all the biggest talents walked when it was MGM. Wandering neighborhoods where people like Bette Davis lived and doing work in the studio Mary Pickford helped build and worked in West Hollywood, not to mention the iconic studio which used to be Desilu where Lucille Ball was one of our first female studio heads. So many amazing historic women broke glass ceilings in this town. If you're a fan of the films of yesteryear, there's really nothing like it.

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

My most important meal of the day is a nice hot cup of coffee. The best in town, in my opinion, is Alfred Coffee. Most days I try to have a healthy breakfast of a smoothie or a juice but on special days I like to wander over to Alfred in Studio City for a cappuccino and an almond croissant.

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM – Rise and shine! Downstairs for a pot of coffee. Journaling at my dining table and reading in my favorite chair listening to the record which sounds like how I want my day to feel, recently it's been Billie Holiday "Strange Fruit," and going over my schedule and goals for the day.

10:00 AM - At 10 I'm finishing any reading, writing whether it be for pleasure or for work. I'll work with projects in my creative support business where I workshop screenplays with writers who are pushing toward their next draft, if you're one of these people I'm always taking new clients. And I'm starting to get ready to take my dog to the dog park or getting ready for her walk and getting into my gym routine to prepare for my day of meetings, writing, classes or preproduction. Right now I'm producing a short film called "House of La Reine" for the director Lisa Tedesco. Find us on indiegogo to be a part of the fun!

12:00 PM - Favorite Power Lunch spot/meal?

It depends on the day. At noon I usually take a break from whatever I'm working on to walk down to the movie theater and see what's playing. There is a small coffee spot next to the theater where I enjoy writing and having a cup of coffee or tea. If I'm going to meetings I generally go to La Pain Quotidien. With its European style service and cafe, it's always great to feel comfortable sitting outside and ordering as I go about my day with multiple meetings. They have a great smoked salmon salad. A glass of Rose is perfect on a hot day and a nice selection of pastries; I'm a sucker for a flaky French pastry.

7:00 PM - At this time, if I'm not headed out to an event; mostly with the Alliance of Women Directors who are such amazing support and advocates to its members and other women directors, I'm usually trying to shut down my devices, finish any work and put a period on all my tasks. This is admittedly the toughest part of my day. Once all the devices are shut down I can enjoy the evening knowing I'd had a full, efficient and busy day. I like to catch up on a film I've yet to see and search for new titles directed by women or a television show on my queue. The new season of Dr. Who just began. A woman Doctor! I'm so happy.

11:00 PM - Sleep. A good night's sleep leads to an effective daytime hustle and waking up early sets the stage for successfully getting through your daily to do list.

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?

I very rarely drink anything else but coffee, water, wine and whiskey. Usually, two cups of coffee, water all day long and a glass of wine or whiskey when I feel like enjoying one.

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?

I'm pretty obsessed with Instagram. It makes me happy to share inspiration I need for self motivation. It's really inspiring when other people find motivation in my posts. We are all in it together so pushing each other forward and upward in any small way is the best way. Find me @cconochalla

I have a few favorite Instagram accounts: Alex Prager, my favorite visual artist and an incredible director in her own rite. Tasya Van Ree, an amazing photographer and artist. I'm obsessed with the activism inspired products on Shop.Kiddbell. I absolutely love getting lost on the Cozyful account which is all cozy rooms and sweaters. And I love following political figures like my senator Kamala Harris and Michelle Obama who are constant role models of inspiration and hope for me.

What should everyone try at least once?

Going multiple days without social media. Getting lost without feeling the need to share it with the world online. Going full tilt toward that thing you might be too scared to start, do it anyway. Live your dream. Do what you say you'll do. You'll get there. One step at a time, one foot in front of the other.

Where do you enjoy getting lost?

So many places. Here at home, driving up and down Mullholland from Hollywood to Malibu listening to Lana Del Rey. In new cities walking the same streets people I've admired had walked when they lived. THE MOVIES. Going into the theater and allowing yourself 2-3 hours of surrender from reality is the ultimate journey and sitting inside the theater, rather than at home, is the only way to really understand not only the story, but the mastery of the community of people who stood behind the film and pushed forward tirelessly so you could feel something new or see something in a different way. It's a powerful medium and my constant obsession. Support big films in theater but don't forget us in the indepedent world. "Forever Not Maybe" has been my life since 2015 and I hope you come out and see it when it comes to your town.

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