The Female Writers Behind Independent Comedy 'Golden Arm'

Exclusive Q&A with Ann Marie Allison and Jenna Milly

Published on in Advice / Tips & Tricks

The independent comedy feature Golden Arm has officially brought on director Maureen Bharoocha to helm the project. Bharoocha is best known for her work as a rising comedic director on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in addition to her work that appeared on Lifetime. Bharoocha shot back-to-back movies for the network which included I Am Watching You and Fatal Flip. Her short film Hairpin Bender was also featured at Santa Barbara Film Festival in 2017. The film is the debut feature for writing team Ann Marie Allison and Jenna Milly, who are also executive producing. ProductionHUB talked exclusively to the ladies about getting to work on the film. They both talked exclusively to ProductionHUB about the film. 


Jenna Milly

PH: Can you talk about your involvement with Golden Arm and how you heard about the project? 

Jenna Milly: Ann Marie was the inspiration for this project and she couldn't have been more inspiring throughout the entire process! It was her idea to start a charity for ladies arm wrestling. And I thought that was the coolest thing I ever heard! 

PH: This film is a debut feature for you both - congrats! Can you talk a little about what that feels like? 

Jenna Milly: Feels like I'm dreaming and also I'm going to puke at the same time - ha! No, it feels amazing. We still have a long way to go, so the best thing to do now is focus and keep an eye on the prize - getting it finished and into post. 

PH: What was your approach to writing for this film? 

Jenna Milly: Ann Marie and I have a pretty organized system for breaking a story. We start with about 2-3 weeks of outlining and then go from there to script pages. We each write half of the script and edit the other person's halves until it becomes one big script and you can't really tell who wrote what, each scene benefiting from the other person's edits and inspirations.  

PH: How did you work with Maureen Bharoocha and what was that experience like? 

Jenna Milly: Maureen is amazing! She's totally low key and chill but at the same time in total control of the crew and her surroundings. It's been so fun to work with her - she comes with lots of ideas and options, and the collaboration has been incredible.  

PH: How did you utilize humor to drive some of the women empowerment themes? 

Jenna Milly: It's funny because the jokes always come last. We try to focus on the empowerment and the heart first and then you can put in the comedy. Don't write to the joke, as they say!  

PH: Do you have a favorite line(s)? What is it? 

Jenna Milly: I have so many! It's tough to choose. I think "labes out" has to be my favorite. Don't know what I'm talking about? You have to watch the movie! 

PH: What do you hope that viewers take away from Golden Arm? 

Jenna Milly: A little bit of fun, adventure and the feeling of empowerment that no matter what your station is in life, you can achieve your dreams.  

PH: What other projects are you eager to be working on this year? 

Jenna Milly: We have a few other projects in development but they all have the same central theme - to empower women to live beyond their dreams. 


Ann Marie Allison

PH: Can you talk about your involvement with Golden Arm and how you heard about the project? 

Ann Marie Allison: The idea for the movie grew out of a charity I started called the DC Lady Arm Wrestlers (a shout-out to Holly Rothrock, Susan Whitney and Andrea Kavanagh who were the co-founders with me!).  We’d hold arm-wrestling bouts in downtown DC and we were able to raise over 60,000 dollars for local charities. We were really proud of the organization we built and the money we raised, but what inspired me the most was the transformation of the women coming out to wrestle. The lawyers, teachers, and mothers who showed up at rehearsal would come to the bout dressed up as their arm wrestling alter-egos and ready to rumble! While Golden Arm is a hilarious buddy comedy, that story of transformation is at the heart of the movie.

PH: This film is a debut feature for you both - congrats! Can you talk a little about what that feels like? 

Ann Marie Allison: I’m so happy and honored that I’ll get to tell this story on the big screen. I feel like all the amazing women I met as part of the DC Lady Arm Wrestlers will be up there in some way.  

PH: How did you work with Maureen Bharoocha and what was that experience like? 

Ann Marie Allison: We met Maureen through another project and asked her to direct our sizzle reel. Her talent as a director was always apparent, but on top of that, she has this cool confidence on set that that created a safe space for actors to dig deep. She also brought a great sense of fun and collaboration to the project. We’re so excited to work with her as we head into production this summer.

PH: How did you utilize humor to drive some of the women empowerment themes? 

Ann Marie Allison: The idea of empowering women can be a very serious subject, but we try not to take ourselves too seriously. The script pokes fun at the idea of being too rigid around gender roles – either male or female.

PH: Do you have a favorite line(s)? What is it? 

Ann Marie Allison: I read Jenna’s response and I would have to agree!

PH: What do you hope that viewers take away from Golden Arm? 

Ann Marie Allison: I hope they think it’s a fun ride with lots of laughs and heart. And, that anyone can belly up to an arm-wrestling table and pull!

PH: What other projects are you eager to be working on this year? 

Ann Marie Allison: We’ve got some fun projects cookin’. We just set up a feature with Amazon Studios that we’re really excited to see come to fruition. We can’t say much more about it other than it will serve up some more fun lady comedy.

PH: Is there anything else you'd like to add? 

Ann Marie Allison: Thanks to your readers for taking the time to check us out!

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