Michelle Cove (Director, Producer)
Michelle is the author of Seeking Happily Ever After: How to navigate the ups and downs of being single without losing your mind (Tarcher Penguin, 2010), a self-help book based on three years of research and interviews from the documentary of the same title. The book has been featured in Marie Claire, MORE, FOX TV, Forbes and numerous other publications. Michelle is also the author of I Love Mondays: And other confessions from devoted working moms (Seal Press, 2012), a parenting guide that helps working mothers handle the parenting-career tug-of-war, which has been featured on Katie Couric's show Katie, and numerous publications including The NY Times, Parents, Working Mother, and U.S. News & World Report; she is the co-author of national bestseller I'm Not Mad, I just Hate You!: a new understanding of mother-daughter conflict (Viking, 1999), which appeared on several national talk shows including Oprah and the Today Show. She is currently the Editor of 614: the HBI ezine, an online magazine that aims to spark conversation about hot topics among young Jewish women, and has been writing and editing for national magazines for the past 15 years, including Psychology Today, Mother Earth News, Girls' Life and Family Fun. Michelle is currently at work producing and directing the feature-length documentary One and Only, and is writing a self-help book on how moms can stay centered in the constant tug-of-war between career and parenting (Seal Press, 2012). Visit www.michellecove.com for more info.
Much of Michelle's writing has been focused on empowering girls and women, and she feels this documentary is a natural next step: "The goal of this film is to challenge women to stop thinking about happily-ever-after in terms of princes and picket fences, and get them to start thinking about what happiness looks like now for them as adult individuals--and how to get it," she says. Michelle is married (got hitched in her 30s) with a six-year-old daughter Risa, who gravitates towards sparkly princess shoes and tiaras.
Kerry David (Producer, Co-Director)
Kerry is a multiple award-winning producer. Her past and current projects include: "Agent Cody Banks," "My Date with Drew," (which won numerous festival awards) and "Like Dandelion Dust" (starring Mira Sorvino and Barry Pepper,which has won 39 festival awards to date, and is in theaters now). Kerry also produced "Perfect Match," starring Ian Henry Cusick (Lost) & Kathleen Quinlan (Apollo 13, Twilight Zone), a romantic comedy, and "Expert Insight: Short Game Golf with Jim Furyk & Fred Funk," which won a Telly Award for Outstanding Excellence in Educational Programming. In addition to "Seeking Happily Ever After," Kerry is currently producing the documentary: Making Miles: The Miles Davis Story – a documentary starring George Clinton, Marcus Miller, Freddie Hubbard, Ron Carter, Roy Haynes, Jimmy Heath, James Moody and Benny Rietveld. Directed by Christopher Wilkinson (Ali, Nixon, Tupac Shakur) and developing a reality show entitled "Hells Angels Project" – with Endemol USA. She founded Hollywood's #1 site for filmmakers: www.indieproducer.net, and recently started consulting (www.kerrydavid.com).
As for why Kerry was drawn to this documentary, she says, "I think of myself as a strong, independent woman who has been fortunate enough to define 'Happily Ever After' for myself (I have no desire to marry); it's not a traditional path, but it is one of my own choosing. This documentary is not a commentary on relationships or judgment about whether women should be single/married, so much as it is a wake up call for all of us to listen in to our authentic selves."
Janneke Dommisse (Editor)
Janneke Dommisse has been working in reality TV for 11 years, with nine years of experience as an editor. Her editing credits include the popular doc-style TV shows “Project Runway”, “Making The Band”, “Road Rules Extreme,” and 12 seasons of “The Real World”. In addition to her cinematic storytelling and character development abilities, she excels in music editing thanks to all her work on MTV productions. While Janneke has considered working on docs in the past, she has been waiting for a project that she could connect with emotionally. That project turned out to be Seeking Happily Ever After. As she put it: “I thought by the time I was 30 I would be married and raising a family in a house on the East Coast. And here I am--33, unmarried, with a career I love, and living in LA in a house I bought myself. I am thankful now for all the twists and turns in my life, but it was challenging at times. I love that 'Seeking Happily Ever After' explores the many options women have today, and empowers them to choose their path to happiness, whether it breaks tradition or not.”
Sherry Moore (Director of Photography)
Sherry Moore, photographer and filmmaker, has experience in multiple aspects of filming and production from concept to implementation. She has worked as freelance video cam operator, freelance photographer, video editor, production manager, associate producer, technical assistant and archival researcher. Credits include: Fire and Steel currently in production; Twisted Independent Lens 2007; Design Squad PBS; Under the Skin Open Eye Pictures; Lawyer Walks up to the Bar Camelback Films; The Art of Staying Fit (professional boxer training program); Multiple Archival Family Documentaries; Howard Dean campaign videos and still photography. Says Sherry, "This film is about how women are changing the rules and I love that! No lifestyle option is "the way it should be." At most it is just the way it has been. As a gay woman living in Massachusetts I can say the changing lifestyle choices here have been extremely cool. Straight people can choose not to marry and gay people can choose to marry. It's all new and improved and 100 percent all natural."