Hallee Hirsh Bares Teen Anxiety in New Indie Teen Comedy "16 to Life"

Indie Teen Comedy "16 to Life" writer/director Becky Smith taps young star Hallee Hirsh to display the volatile and humorous emotions of young "Kate" who is sweet 16 and never been kissed.
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Indie Teen Comedy "16 to Life" writer/director Becky Smith taps young star Hallee Hirsh to display the volatile and humorous emotions of young "Kate" who is sweet 16 and never been kissed.

Emmy nominated television director Becky Smith's first feature film "16 to Life" has been chosen by MethodFest as the premiere film for its Sat. March 28 premiere in Calabasas/Agoura Hills, CA.  In addition to Hallee Hirsh, the film also stars Mandy Musgrave, veteran screen actress Theresa Russell, Jaime Gomez, Queer Eye's Carson Kressley, Shiloh Fernandez and Will Rothhaar.

"16 to Life" is a Capra-esque romantic comedy of small town misfits. Kate, a rural American teen, is turning 16 and has never been kissed. Kate is obsessed with books on eclectic subjects, currently the Cultural Revolution in China.  Kate's angst about sexual inexperience and guilt will drive a comic quest for love and understanding on a birthday to end all birthdays.  Before the clock strikes midnight, Kate and her best friend Darby will discover more about love than most 16 year-olds can imagine.  And Kate will learn what a 16-year old American girl has in common with a 16-year-old Chinese girl half a world, and a cultural revolution away.

Hirsh shared, "Working on "16 to Life" is the most fun I've ever had working on any project.  I love the character of Kate because she is an anomoly as far as how teen girls are portrayed in films these days.  Instead of a spoiled brat or sex symbol, the character Kate is an intelligent, inspired, soulful girl."

"16 to Life" premiere's Saturday, March 28 at Regency Theater, Agoura
Hills, 29045 Agoura Hills Road, Agoura Hills, CA  91301  tel) 818-707-9987
Schedule for the evening:
6:30pm - Red Carpet Walk with the Stars of "16 to Life"
7:00pm - Screening of the film
8:30pm - Q&A with writer/director Becky Smith and stars of "16 to Life"
9:00pm - MethodFest's Mercedes Benz of Calabasas After-Pary for Festival Pass Holders
Tickets for the premiere can be purchased at the website: http://www.16tolifethemovie.org

About Hallee Hirsh:   Halle's start in acting began as just a toddler with her older brother, who was in community theater, while he and the other actors babysat her during rehearsals.

Hirsh starred in the independent feature, "Incest" (2002), which won the Audience Award at the Denver Film Festival.  Kapgar.com Primetime Awards "Best Rookie Child Actor" in 2002 for portrayal of Rachel Greene on "ER".

She was added to the cast of Dharma & Greg in 2002 as a series regular in the role of "Frannie" (adopted daughter of Dharma & Greg) for the show's fifth season. Unfortunately, the show was cancelled before the fifth season began airing.  Hallee won a Ratty Award in 2000 for Best Guest Star in a Drama Series for her portrayal of Jenny Brandt in the Law & Order episode Killerz

Hirsh also studied Shakespeare playing "Hamlet" at Oxford University in England.

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About "16 to Life Writer/Director Becky Smith and Waterdog Films: Smith was nominated in 2004 for an Emmy in directing (Queer Eye for the Straight Guy), the same year the show won an Emmy, and has directed numerous series and pilots for networks including MTV, MTV2, NBC, Fox, Disney Channel, PBS, Fuse and ABC Family. Her documentary onTitle IX, “In the Game,” received numerous awards, including Best Television Documentary of the Year from Women in Radio and Television.

Smith is a Professor in the UCLA School of Theatre, Film & Digital Media. She received her Masters degree in film from Stanford University. She is an alumna of the American Film Institute's Directing Workshop for Women. Smith produces under the moniker Waterdog Films .
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