Join The Community Library for a free, special screening of Imagine I’m Beautiful, the first feature film from writer/director duo Naomi McDougall Jones and Meredith Edwards. After her mother’s suicide, a young woman moves to New York to start afresh. After a rocky start with her new and troubled roommate, the two slowly forge a friendship, finding solace in each other’s difficult pasts; until one of them makes a discovery that will alter their friendship for good.
The 2014 film received 12 awards on the film festival circuit including 4 Best Pictures and 3 Best Actress Awards, as well as The Don Award for Best Independently Produced Screenplay of 2014. The film was named as #8 of OscarWorld’s Top 10 Films of 2014 and was distributed theatrically and digitally by Candy Factory Films.
Join us after the screening for a discussion with Naomi McDougall Jones.
Naomi McDougall Jones is one of the current Hemingway Writers-in-Residence with The Community Library. Naomi is an award-winning actress, writer, producer, and women in film activist. She grew up in Aspen, Colorado and attended Cornell University before graduating from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA). Following the success of Imagine I’m Beautiful (2014), Naomi’s second feature film, Bite Me (2019), premiered at Cinequest. The film is a subversive romantic comedy about a real-life vampire and the IRS agent who audits her.
Naomi has also appeared in 100 plays, films and TV shows, including HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and The Mire (Cherry Lane Theatre). Seven of her played have been produced in New York City and through the U.S. Her articles on the independent film scene and women’s role in it have appeared in IndieWire, MovieScope Mag and Cinema/Verite and is a contributing blogger for The Huffington Post. Naomi is currently at work on a book, The Wrong Kind of Woman: Dismantling the God of Hollywood, which will be published by Beacon Press in February 2020. She is also the host of the podcast Fear(ful)less: Filmmaking From the Edge, a monthly window into the successes, failures, and conversations of an independent filmmaker.