Her penchant for adult and dramatic story telling is evident in her latest critically acclaimed feature film, A PERFECT ENDING.
Conn’s penchant for telling stories that really hit home, is “greatly rewarded” by all the fan mail she gets from viewers who watch her film multiple times. If there ever was an earmark of success, Conn believes it’s in “seeing my work over and over and OVER again.” It doesn’t hurt that her previous feature Elena Undone boasts the LONGEST ON SCREEN KISS IN CINEMA HISTORY: This classic romance with a twist is “sexy, smart and smoldering.”
Conn’s previous venture, little man, is a documentary she wrote, directed and produced about her own premature son born 100 days early and only weighing one pound. The feature documentary went on to win 12 Best Documentary Awards, along with the prestigious Cedar Sinai’s Courageous Beginnings Award and Family Pride’s Family Tree Award. The film made three TOP TEN FILMS OF 2005 listS and Showtime picked up the feature and ran an Emmy campaign on this hard-hitting story about Conn’s son’s premature birth and subsequent 5-month hospital stay in a Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit.
In efforts to continue her support of other parents who find themselves thrust into the insanity of the NICU, Ms. Conn collaborated with Preemie Magazine Founder Deborah Discenza in creating the The Preemie Parent’s NICU Survival Guide: How to Maintain Your Sanity and Create a New Normal published in January, 2010.
Conn’s passion for film carried her through her first feature in which she raised the money, wrote, directed and produced Claire of the Moon, the maverick film about a woman’s journey to her sexual identity. The film garnered rave reviews and paved the way for lesbian themed cinema in 1991. Conn also created a FIRST for lesbian cinema: ancillary in the form of a novelization (in its 15th reprint and 10 Year Anniversary Republish) a making-of documentary MOMENTS (best-selling lesbian documentary ever made), soundtracks, posters, t-shirts, etc. She followed these projects with the award winning short film, Cynara…Poetry in Motion.
A two book deal with Simon Schuster produced the novels, Passion’s Shadow (1995) & Angel Wings (1997), a new age love story. The script adaptation for Angel Wings won the 2001 Telluride Film Festival’s Best Screenplay Award. In another pioneering effort, The Wedding Dress was chosen by AOL Time Warner for its new internet endeavor ipublish, which debuted in June 2001. She Walks in Beauty was published in September, 2001 and is currently in development as a feature film along with several other original screenplays Conn has penned.
Conn achieved industry recognition with her film Claire of the Moon and was a finalist in the prestigious Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science’s Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting. She believes in giving back to the community and sponsored the Claire of the Moon Scholarship in 1998, awarding second time novelists through the ASTRAEA Foundation.
Well known for her speed, quality and prolific ability to write in many genres, Conn has written five novels, a parent’s guide, two teleplays, eleven screenplays, and has produced four soundtracks.
She is currently finalizing her epic tome, Descending Thirds, available Spring 2013. She is the Co-Founder of Soul Kiss Films (Empowering Women One Film at a Time) with film partner, Marina Rice Bader.
Best Picture – A Perfect Ending – La Femme Film Festival, Los Angeles
Best Feature – “Elena Undone” -Audience Award, Reel Pride, Fresno
Best Feature – “Elena Undone” Tampa GLFF
Best Documentary Audience Award, Los Angeles Outfest – “little man”
Best Documentary Jury Award, New York NewFest –“little man”
Best Documentary Audience Award, San Diego Film Festival –“little man”
Best Documentary Jury Award, Chicago Indiefest –“little man”
Best Feature HBO Audience Award, Miami GLFF – “little man”
Best Documentary Jury Award, Philadelphia Int’l GLFF Film Festival – “little man”
Best of the Fest Award, Indianapolis G&L Film Festival – “little man”
Best Documentary – Jury Award Chicago Reeling Film Festival – “little man”
Best Documentary – Glitter Award – LA – “little man”
Best Documentary – Long Island G&L Film Festival – “little man”
Best Documentary - WA DC – Reel Affirmations – “little man”
Palme D’Or – Reel Pride – “little man”
Telluride Film Festival’s Best Screenplay Award – “Angel Wings”
Courageous Beginnings Award – Cedars Sinai, Los Angeles
Santa Barbara Social Justice Award Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science’s Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting.