Notes from the Director...Michael "Lyfelong" Foster
We had been casting for the role of Andrea but hadn’t locked anyone in yet. I met Dorothy on the set of her documentary, “Colour Me Black”. I’m grateful to have had the privilege of being a part of such an impactful film. Once she saw that we were still casting for the role of Andrea she took the initiative to shoot her audition with another actor set up like the actual scene. That along with the honesty she brought to the character sold me on her being Andrea.
As a Director two of the best things about working with Dorothy was she always showed up prepared, knowing her lines ready to go. Also, she always possessed a willingness to readjust her schedule if we needed to shoot longer during those dog days of production.
As an Actor I feel that through countless conversations about the direction of our characters, Dorothy and I established the friendship needed to serve as the foundation for Leo and Andrea’s relationship. Their relationship, like many others, goes through the best of times, and the worst of times. Us establishing a level of comfort allowed us to be able to fully embrace the range of emotions our characters go through without taking it personal in real life. Some of the frustrations the characters were exuding were expressed by a bit of improv here and there. Dorothy's ability to cover those different ranges as Andrea took extreme balance on her part, and I believe she killed it.
One of my most memorable and shining moments for Dorothy came as Andrea comes to grip with her place in Leo’s life. The honesty she possesses in that scene was unreal!