The Beginnings of Pinsky
Pinsky has been in the making since 2010, when Rebecca Karpovsky decided she wanted to write a script about her very difficult—regrettably deceased—grandmother. Amanda Lundquist, her high school buddy turned creative collaborator, loved the idea. Fast forward to a few years later in ATX, where they enrolled in a screenwriting class and began with a beat sheet about an aspiring bat mitzvah named Sophia who has a crush on Kathleen Hanna and a deep hatred for her tyrannical Russian grandmother.
By the spring of 2012, they had a script and hosted a staged reading of the first draft. Hearing actors read the screenplay turned what they had originally thought of as an experiment in writing into an experiment in trying to make a feature film together. Because why not see how far the story can go?
613,000 billion drafts later, Karpovsky and Lundquist locked their script and titled it Pinsky. They independently raised $35,000 for production. The story has changed since the original concept, taking on its own life as the characters have started to speak for themselves. Sophia is now a 26-year-old aspiring stand up comic with a deeply flawed but somewhat lovable antagonist for a grandmother. The characters keep the story alive and breathing, taking the filmmakers through what has amounted to four year’s worth of curious and persistent pre-production.
Pinsky wrapped production in Boston this spring. The footage is currently knee-deep in pre-production and will be ready for the festival circuit in October, 2015. What’s it going to be like? Imagine if Darren Aronofsky made a Juno meets My Big Fat Greek Wedding hybrid, minus the teen pregnancy and preoccupation with body mutilation.
About the Creators
Writer and director, Amanda Lundquist, is keeping it in the family for her first narrative feature and directorial debut, co-writing Pinsky with her childhood buddy Rebecca "Rebbe" Karpovsky. She's worked as a non-fiction video editor for PBS' On Story series, as well as programming for A&E, Discovery Channel, National Geographic and Ken Burns' Florentine Films. She's currently working on production and post-production for the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, traveling around the U.S. to collect video interviews about an Eastern European Jewish language called Yiddish. She co-founded Lipschtick, a borscht-belt inspired performance group, with Karpovsky in 2011. Her work in non-fiction storytelling makes Pinsky a fictionalized narrative about very true things.
Rebecca Karpovsky is an actor, writer and producer originally from Boston and currently based in NYC. As an actor she has performed at the ZACH and Vortex Theatres in Austin, TX, as well as in feature films, shorts and commercials in Boston, Austin, and NYC. Her most recent projects include A Lonely Woman, Pact and Strawberries. Karpovsky is trilingual and performs in Russian, Spanish and English on the screen and stage. This most recent project, Pinsky, which she starred in, co-wrote and produced, was shot in Boston this spring and is currently in post-production with a release date of October 2015. This summer she will be acting in Andrew Wagner’s feature film Breakable You. Her actor training is based in the Sanford Meisner technique, which she studied under Kathryn Gately at the Gately/Poole Conservatory. She has also studied corporeal mime under Thomas Leabhart and Droznin-based movement training with the Moscow Art Theatre. She is a graduate of Scripps College, where she studied acting and film production.