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Actress arrives in Santa Fe to screen ‘Trouble Dolls’

Jennifer Prediger and Jess Weixler co-wrote and co-directed the film, “Trouble Dolls.”

Jennifer Prediger and Jess Weixler co-wrote and co-directed the film, “Trouble Dolls.”

SANTA FE, N.M. — It finally feels like fall for Jess Weixler.

Living in Los Angeles, the weather has been unseasonably warm and the actress isn’t liking it, but today is different. There’s a cool breeze in the air and it has Weixler smiling.

“It’s like I can accomplish anything,” she says with a laugh. “I grew up where there is actually a fall and really need a break from all of this weather.”

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Then it will be a welcome gift for Weixler when she arrives in the City Different to screen her film “Trouble Dolls” at 1 p.m. Oct. 19 as part of the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival.

The film was co-written and co-directed by Weixler and Jennifer Prediger. The duo also star in the film.

It follows Olivia, played by Prediger, and Nicole, played by Weixler, who are co-dependent roommates who are definitely going to make it but they’re just not sure how.

When they get evicted from their shoebox apartment in Manhattan – conceptual art just doesn’t cover the rent – they boldly take off to Los Angeles and the promise of sunshine.

Jennifer Prediger and Jess Weixler star in the film “Trouble Dolls,” which will screen at the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival.

Jennifer Prediger and Jess Weixler star in the film “Trouble Dolls,” which will screen at the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival.

As one door slams shut, another opens – a tarot card reading later. The duo decide to take their performance art sensibilities to the mainstream by auditioning for a reality TV talent show.

“We thought of every movie that we have ever loved which is about a co-dependent relationship between friends,” she says.

Weixler says the film came together so quickly that they only had 14 days to shoot in both the East Village in New York City and Los Angeles.

Luckily, with a cast that includes Megan Mulally, Will Forte and Jeffrey Tambor, there weren’t many worries. Weixler says the cast jumped at the chance to do this film.

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“No one really has made any money on this,” she quips. “Each of the actors knew that we weren’t going to have very many takes. They were very professional and spot-on with all of the scenes.”

Weixler says the film producers told the duo to write the script in less than a month and then went into preproduction.

“It felt like being on ‘Project Runway’ and we had to make this movie quickly,” she says. “We wanted to make something that stood on its own and I think we’ve accomplished that very well.”

Weixler also will host a Q&A session after the screening.

“I’m excited to see what people think,” she says.

Weixler also is in the film “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby,” with Jessica Chastain, which is in theaters now.

The film teams up the two former roommates.

“We were roomies while at Juilliard,” she says. “Then when I moved from New York City to Los Angeles, I lived with her again. She’s been my best friend and sister for more than a decade. It was great to be in this film with her.”

Weixler has a role on the CBS drama “The Good Wife.”

“I’ve been blessed with so many of these roles just being spectacular,” she says. “I’m proud of the work I’ve been doing and only want to grow from here.”

New Mexico native Wally Funk is being profiled on the PBS show, “Makers.”

New Mexico native Wally Funk is being profiled on the PBS show, “Makers.”

BLAZING TRAILS: Six new documentaries in the “Makers” project feature groundbreaking American women in different spheres of influence: war, comedy, space, business, Hollywood and politics.

And New Mexico native Wally Funk will be featured at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, on New Mexico PBS.

Funk and Jerrie Cobb are two of the women pioneers in the U.S. space program. The pair passed the same grueling tests as male astronauts, only to be dismissed by NASA, the military and even Lyndon Johnson, as a distraction.

It wasn’t until 1995 that Eileen Collins became the first woman to pilot a spacecraft. The program includes interviews with Collins, as well as Sally Ride’s classmates Shannon Lucid, Rhea Seddon and Kathryn Sullivan, and features Mae Jemison, the first woman of color astronaut, and Peggy Whitson, the first female commander of the International Space Station.

SEND ME YOUR TIPS: If you know of a movie filming in the state, or are curious about one, email film@ABQjournal.com. Follow me on Twitter @agomezART.

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