Novelist's film featured in festival

By Linda McIntosh

Contributor

The closets in Nina Foxx's Del Mar home are overflowing with shoes — 150 pairs at last count. The shoes were featured in Foxx's latest film, "She's Got 'Is Shoes," a TV pilot that pokes fun at Foxx's passion for shoes and at the same time addresses some deeper issues, spelled "Is Shoes." The movie follows Foxx in her quest to start her own shoe line with the help of celebrity friends and her 12-year-old daughter, Sydney, who has appeared in ABC's "Flash Forward," "Modern Family" and other TV shows.

The film was featured at the San Diego Black Film Festival last month and won kudos across the country, including an award of merit at The Accolade, and best reality short film at Atlanta's Urban Media Makers Film Festival.

Foxx, an industrial psychologist and six-time novelist, got into filmmaking several years ago, after a production company botched up a stage play of her novel "Marrying Up." Foxx bought back the rights and decided to produce it herself. She started Foxxtale Productions, and "Marrying Up" was her first film on Netflix.

"She's Got 'Is Shoes," grew out of Foxx's blogs on Vixen Chronicles about her hunt for the perfect shoes as she traveled around the world lecturing about industrial organizational psychology, a subject in which Foxx has a Ph. D.

Foxx knew right off that she loved filmmaking. "I'm always visualizing, and I love to see something come to life," she said. "It's exciting to hear my words coming out of the actor's mouth." Foxx considers herself a self-taught filmmaker, and is working on a Web series called "Closer to Crazy," featuring characters from her book "Just Short of Crazy" played by Hollywood actors.

Foxx's move into filmmaking came from a desire to create a more positive image of women in reality TV. "I was disappointed in what I was seeing," Foxx said. "I wanted to make something that was funny and entertaining without all the bickering and clowning."

To get closer to the pulse of filmmaking, Foxx, decided to move from Texas to Southern California about 18 months ago. But Foxx, who grew up in New York City, wanted a quieter place than L.A., so she moved to Del Mar. "It's peaceful here; I like walking by the beach," Foxx said.

Foxx is currently executive producer of the feature film "Buhl, Idaho" starring Scott Glenn ("Nights in Rodanthe," "Bourne Ultimatum") and Kyle Gallner ("Jennifer's Body," "The Haunting in Connecticut").

Foxx started writing novels 10 years ago after leaving her career at Dell Computers in Austin, Texas, where she started the usability engineering department and came up with several patents. Foxx left Dell to be at home with her daughter, Sydney, who was then 2 years old.

But she found out being super mom was not enough to keep her mind going. So Foxx looked back at the 500 pages of fiction she wrote for fun as a warm-up before writing her graduate school papers. "I set my mind on making that brick into a book," Foxx said. "I met writers at book clubs, and I figured if they could do it, so could I."

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