Projects

The role of the artist is to ask questions, not answer them.
— Anton Chekhov

Bite Me
2018

Meredith recently completed directing her second narrative feature, BITE ME, a subversive romantic comedy about a woman who identifies as a vampire and the IRS agent who audits her.

Estimated Premiere: Late 2018/Early 2019

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Directed by Meredith Edwards
Written by Naomi McDougall Jones
Produced by Sarah Wharton, Naomi McDougall Jones, Jack Lechner (Blue Valentine, The Fog of War), Joanne Zippel
Starring Christian Coulson (Harry Potter), Naomi McDougall Jones, Annie Golden (Orange Is the New Black), and Emmy-nominated Naomi Grossman (American Horror Story)

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT

Bite Me is a subversive romantic comedy about a real-life vampire and the IRS agent who audits her. Set in modern day New York City, the film follows two, seemingly incompatible misfits as they struggle to break free from their identity crises and discover who they really are. Sarah is part of a fringe subculture of people who identify as vampires and believe they need to drink blood to stay healthy. Expat James lives with his 65 year old colleague and his only friend is a stuffed animal robot. The central tension and heart-warming joy of the film comes from watching these two outsiders surrender to the terrifying act of falling in love.

In the same way that the film is about outsiders, I felt the tone of the film, itself, could also not be boxed in. With vampires, romance, comedy, and drama all moving at the same time, Bite Me creates a fun and unique, multi-tonal ride like you've never experienced before, but with universally relatable themes like love, hope, and acceptance that tie it all together.

I view filmmaking as a sensory experience, and love is something that must be experienced. Bite Me offers an experiential journey for the audience, many of whom will come in as cynical as our characters begin, to sit down, strap in, and embark upon the charming, wild ride that we provide through every story twist and turn.

Bite Me uses moments of nuanced surrealism to help the audience experience the inexplicable magic of love alongside our main characters. As Sarah and James take off, so do we. Visually, the film stays in an authentic, grounded, realist world, but relies on elements of production design, purposed lighting, and anamorphic lenses to create flashes of magic. Colors and textures are brilliant, rich, deep, and lush, as if you could reach out and feel them.

The edit is rhythmically precise, as is needed for any kind of comedy. At exactly 80 minutes long, the pace of the film is smooth and effortless, tight and light. We comically showcase the contrast between Sarah and James’ individual worlds as well as the magical chemistry that ensues when they come together.

Music and sound design are essential to creating this experiential journey because they appeal to our emotional sensibilities. Thematic music is used generously throughout, serving and heightening plot and character exploration. Each character comes with their own flavor, beat, and rhythm. The score helps us move out of our judgmental mind and into our truth-seeking hearts.

Like with any great piece of art, I want people to leave Bite Me questioning their own beliefs in regards to the movie’s themes of hope, identity and acceptance. In this uncertain and challenging time in which we live, I want people to leave feeling empowered by the magic of love, laughter, and community; to leave more joyful and hopeful than when they came in.


Imagine I'm Beautiful
2014

Meredith's narrative feature directorial debut, IMAGINE I'M BEAUTIFUL, took home twelve awards including five Best Pictures and Best Director and received a theatrical release by Candy Factory Films.

WINNER OF 12 AWARDS INCLUDING:

BEST US FEATURE | BEST ACTRESS | BEST EDITING
NEW YORK CITY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

BEST FEATURE | BEST FEMALE DIRECTOR | BEST INDIE PRODUCED SCREENPLAY
CAPE FEAR INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL

BEST DRAMATIC FEATURE | BEST PERFORMANCE
ARIZONA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE
REAL TO REEL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

2014 RISING STAR AWARD
CANADA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

BEST FEATURE DRAMA
2014 GUTSY GAL AWARD

BEST ACTRESS
RXSM

Directed by Meredith Edwards
Written by Naomi McDougall Jones
Produced by Caitlin Gold, Naomi McDougall Jones, Joanna Bowzer
 Cinematography by Piero Basso
Editing & Original Score by Chris Steele-Nicholson
Starring Naomi Mcdougall Jones, Katie Morrison, Jan Kutrzeba, Lucas Salvagno, Natalie Knepp


Imagine I'm Beautiful
 is a psychological drama that dissects the fine line between self invention and destruction. The film slowly unfolds itself to shed light on the spectrum of mental illness and explores how far one will go to obtain the needs and desires we all share.

Directed with subtle, unobtrusive style by Meredith Edwards, the film is one of those great New York portraits, displaying both the excitement and the sinister side of the city. What begins as a deceptively simple fish out of water story, slow burns its way into your mind and heart.
— Chris Watt, "Watch This Space Film Magazine"
 

Imagine I'm Beautiful - Official Trailer

 
A haunting and empathetic examination into the murky corners of two women’s psyches. Impressively fascinating, bold, and cunning.
— Indie NYC

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Degeneration X
2012

Meredith co-created, directed, produced, and starred in the multimedia theatrical experience, DEGENERATION X presented by Perf Productions. Degeneration X had an extended, two month run at The Living Theatre on 21 Clinton Street in Manhattan's Lower East Side.

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Created by Leah Bachar & Meredith Edwards
Directed by Meredith Edwards
Written by Leah Bachar with Meredith Edwards
Produced by Lin Laurin, Maria Aparo, Leah Bachar, Meredith Edwards
Cinematography & Editing by Jonathan Wing
Starring Micah B. Chartrand, Leah Bachar, Meredith Edwards, Lauren Hennessey, Gordon Gray, Lin Laurin


Degeneration X
uses live performance, film, motion graphics, illustration, and music to chronicle the different pockets of one man’s neurosystem. As Xavier drives through Charles Bonnet syndrome, the audience takes front seat on a surreal and rousing ride through the human mind. 

Director Meredith Edwards has done a very good job integrating the media and live action into a cohesive whole.
— Reviews Off Broadway
Bachar and Edwards should be lauded for both the size of their undertaking and the triumph of accomplishing it.
— TheaterOnline.com
 

Degeneration X - Official Trailer

 
Director and company co-founder Meredith Edwards plays Simone, a striking brunette whose smoldering voice matches uniquely beautiful features. She represents Xavier’s “animal instincts,” and as such makes some of the strongest choices in the cast.
— TheaterOnline.com
 

Degeneration X - Coney Island Short

 

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