Neely & Daughters’ very own Chief Creative Officer Margo Neely (SAG-AFTRA/AEA) is back in front of the lens — this time appearing as Melanie Roscoe in Writer/Director Stacy Cochran’s highly anticipated SXSW World Premiere feature, Write When You Get Work. The film stars Emily Mortimer (The Newsroom), Finn Wittrock (American Horror Story), and Rachel Keller (Legion), with Cinematography by Robert Elswit (Academy Award Winner, There Will Be Blood.)
The film, set and shot on location in New York, is the latest feature from Stacy Cochran. Cochran made her debut with My New Gun, starring Diane Lane, which premiered in Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes and earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best First Feature. Subsequent projects include Touchstone title Boys (starring Winona Ryder), the short doc RICHARD LESTER!, and Drop Back Ten, which premiered in Dramatic Competition at Sundance.
When asked about typecasting as a sassy city girl, her double identity as professional actor and entrepreneur/creative innovator, and potential projects that would pull her away from her executive duties at Neely & Daughters, Margo offered this:
The professional community I have been fortunate to be a part of has historically (and thankfully) embraced me equally as an actor and creator. As such, I have been fortunate to work onscreen and behind the scenes — in performative and development capacities — in theater, film, and television. With this in mind, and quite possibly, as one of the few female professional actors who are both authentically Italian American and actually from Newark, New Jersey, it wouldn’t be surprising to see my name bandied for something like David Chase’s The Sopranos prequel movie The Many Saints Of Newark. In all aspects of my creative life the right projects and people have always found me at the right time, and because of this I’ve had the honor of working on incredible projects in a variety of roles.
Cochran and the film are nominated for the SXSW Gamechanger and Grand Jury Awards for Best Feature. Already garnering buzz in Deadline Hollywood, Indiewire, and The Hollywood Reporter, Write When You Get Work screens at SXSW from March 12—15, 2018. For information, tickets, and a full screening schedule, visit the SXSW 2018 Film Festival’s Official Website.