Fawzia is a riot if you know her, a riot if you don’t. She recently starred in a movie filmed in Chicago titled: Jamie and Jessie Are Not Together which is a feature-length, lesbian romantic comedy with musical numbers which Chicago Hustles Magazine enjoyed
Jamie and Jessie Are Not Together is a feature-length, lesbian romantic comedy with musical numbers. Directed by (Wendy Jo Carlton, (Hannah Free, starring Sharon Gless), the film is shot entirely in Chicago. The film is about two young women, Jamie and Jessie, who are roommates and Jessie is in love with Jamie who is moving to New York in a few weeks. Fawzia plays the character, Rhonda, Jamie’s fling. The film is currently having a 7-day theatrical run at The Gene Siskel Film Center (www.siskelfilmcenter.org/jamieandjessie) and is continuing its festival run thereafter! Check out www.jamieandjessie.com for all showtimes and screenings!
Fawzia Mirza was born in Canada, but her family is from Pakistan and India. She’s a former attorney who realized that she would rather be in debt for the rest of her life than give up her dreams of creating art. She has worked as an actor, producer, writer, and performed stand-up comedy and improv.
She played the sultry Rhonda in the lesbian romantic comedy feature-length film, Jamie and Jessie Are Not Together, currently in a 7-day theatrical run at The Gene Siskel Film Center and touring the festival circuit. She was last seen on stage in Chicago in Dental Society Midwinter Meeting at 16th Street Theatre and the Jeff Nominated play, Scorched at Silk Road Theatre Project. She has performed with Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis, has studied at Improv Olympic, and tours the world to colleges, universities and all branches of the military with the acclaimed comedy-educational show, Sex Signals. She produced the award-winning film, Fish out of Water (www.fishoutofwaterfilm.com), distributed by First Run Features out of NYC, available on I-Tunes and Netflix and assistant produced the documentary A Message from the East (www.endlesseyeproductions.com).
She just wrapped the film, Silhouettes, a love story in words about 3 different South Asian characters, and is in pre-production on a feature-length film, nine/twelve, about a Muslim-American family post-911. She also stars in Theatre Seven’s upcoming play, In the Heart of America which begins rehearsals in January 2012, where she plays a Palestinian woman in search of the truth about her soldier brother (theatreseven.org).
She also just directed and wrote her first short film, The Queen of My Dreams, a docu-narrative experimental film about Bollywood and Identity.
When Chicago Hustles Magazine asked for HER definition of HUSTLE she said:
“To Hustle is to put a lot of energy into you, your art, your world, to create and shape it into exactly what you want. Everyday I’m hustling. That’s how I feel. To get your work made, for it to be seen, you have to work hard for yourself. You can’t wait for opportunities – you always have to be creating them. Harness the vibrations you create from your hustle. And you’ll fly.”-Fawzia Mirza
Keep track of all her projects on her website:
Chicago Hustles Magazine thanks Fawzia for talking with us.