If you’re anything like us, you probably watched our Nasty Gal original short film Lonely Hearts Club more than a few times, each time feeling more and more connected to the wonderful and exquisite creatures featured on your screen. To fill your (and our) burning desire for more on India, Jessica, Alexa, Flynn, Kesewa and Indigo, as well as Tracy Antonopolous, one half of the directing duo that makes up TANK Productions (along with her partner Asli Baykal), we asked Tracy some questions about her process, her aesthetic, and the 411 on the girls of the LHC from Asli.
Hi Tracy. What was the first film that you ever directed?
It was a film I made at NYU called Piece Of Meat. It’s about a girl who loves chicken, and she has a controlling boyfriend who doesn’t really care about her – he just likes possessing her, and controlling how much chicken she eats. In a nutshell, he treats her like a piece of meat and she silently puts up with it, until she can’t take it anymore and throws a milkshake in his face. This film is loosely based on actual events.
And what’s your proudest achievement to date?
My proudest achievement to date is taking out my contacts before I go to bed. I’m learning… Wait – my mom just told me that I couldn’t put that as my proudest achievement and told me to say: Graduating from NYU with Honors, and being featured in the New York Times. Happy, mom?
Who (or what) is your muse?
Girls growing up in the Millennial Generation.
How would you describe your aesthetic when it comes to work, music, style, and just life generally?
I like making things for the people. I grew up in south Florida, where mainstream culture is all you get. So I like to base things on the universal – but a heightened version of that. Like comic books do, or Pixar, or Steven Spielberg movies.
In addition to being a filmmaker you’re also in a band, and you sometimes model, too. How do you fit it all in? Please share a Tracy Antonopoulos lifehack!
I think they all inform each other, especially music and film. It’s all about figuring out what you want to say, and then figuring out the medium that you want to say it with. Modelling is nice because it’s a job that allows me to get out into the world and out of my head, and just to be around people. In terms of balancing everything in my life, I recently learned the importance of a day planner (thanks to Asli for gifting one to me.) When it doubt, write it out!
What’s the most important thing you’ve learnt in 2014 so far?
Patience. You gotta live a little. It’s never too late.
What’s your dream?
I would like to go to Hogwarts in a wizard’s suitcase as their pet. Basically I would love to be Hedwig, and to be able to roam free around the wonderful, wizarding world.
Obviously we also want to know more about the absurdly cool girls who star in The Lonely Hearts Club!
Tracy: I’ve known India for a little bit now, and have always wanted to work with her as an actress. I admire everything she is about: her art, her acting, just her as a person in general. I like to work with people who are inspiring to me.
Alsi: It was my first time meeting India but I knew of her from a film she was in called Something in the Air. Her productivity and creativity are really inspiring.
Tracy: Jessica, I have known since we were about five years old. We grew up studying dance together, starring in musicals, and putting on plays for the neighborhood every weekend. This is the first project we have worked on together in ten years, so it’s really special to me. Childhood reunion! Jessica is also an amazing actress who studied theater in college, so I was excited to work with her and bring together the skills we’ve both learnt along the way.
Asli: It was a treat for me to work with one of Tracy’s old friends from home, especially someone who was so patient with us the night before we were preparing for the shoot. While Tracy and I went over the script and read it out loud to see if it made sense, Jessica was there to guide us through the last-minute panic!
Asli: Alexa and I went to Tisch School of the Arts together, so we go waaaay back. Even though she spent the past six years teaching English in China, we always found a way to stay in touch. It makes me happy that we’re still working together, even after all these years.
FLYNN, INDIGO AND KESEWA
Asli: Flynn, Indigo and Kesewa are childhood friends, so they share a special dynamic (and also all have really caring hearts). A couple of days before the shoot, Tracy and I had them over for fittings and a glass of wine, which ended up being the most fun I’d had in a while. Their stories and comments on Justin Bieber cracked me up. They’re the coolest Brit girls I know.