An editor, producer and now trying her hand at directing, Adele Romanski has traveled the gamut behind the camera. She produced David Robert Mitchell‘s “The Myth of the American Sleepover,” as well as Katie Aselton’s directorial debut, “The Freebie,” which screened in the inaugural NEXT section at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival where it was acquired for domestic distribution by Phase 4 Films (and opening theatrically on Friday September 17th).
“Sleepover” premiered in March at the SXSW Film Festival where it received a special jury prize for best ensemble. The film then traveled to Cannes for its international debut in Critics’ Week, the first U.S. film in the sidebar since Miranda July’s “Me and You and Everyone We Know” in 2005.
“I was pretty fucking sure I wanted to be an editor,” said Romanski who hails from Florida, but now lives in Los Angeles. “I enjoyed doing it and was pretty good at it too. Somewhere along the way, I shifted focus.”
That shift came in the form of David Robert Mitchell who sent her a script for “Myth.” “He asked me to give him feedback and I went back to him and said, ‘this film is great. I’ll produce it.’ I said, ‘I’ll figure it out,’ not exactly knowing what that would mean…”
She also took on “Freebie” and said both projects couldn’t have been more different. “‘Freebie’ was like ‘Film Camp Nirvana’ at [director] Katie Aselton’s house,” noted Romanski. “With [‘Myth’], it was like I wanted anything and everything. Both approaches worked, but ‘Myth’ might have been much more emotionally taxing, though I’m proud with how both films turned out.”
Continuing she added, “I absolutely enjoy producing and I really get off on the challenge and sense of accomplishment when you actually manage to pull it off.”
Lately, Romanski has been able to tap into her editing skills along with a colleague on her own directorial debut, “Leave Me Like You Found Me.”
“It’s about a couple who have been split up for a year and after missing the shit out of each other, they get back together to take this trip as a romantic way to solidfy their reunion. But the truth is, they have a lot of problems. They love each other very much, but over the course of the trip they’re reminded why they’re fatally flawed.”
“I’m still trying to find out if we pulled it off, but I think we did,” she added.
Romanski hopes to debut the film at festivals next year, though she remains focused on producing. In August she received a Sundance producer’s fellowship grant and participated in the Sundance Institute’s producers’ lab – “It was like rehab, but with alcohol,” she noted. And next up, she’s working with Mitchell on another project and keeping an eye out for new filmmakers.
“I really like small stories. I’m interested in human relationships, which isn’t to say I don’t enjoy watching ‘Batman,'” said Romanski. “I like when things aren’t so neatly wrapped up at the end.”