Barbara F. Freed (Ph. D. University of Pennsylvania) Director, Producer and ScreenWriter, is Professor of French Studies at Carnegie Mellon University. This is her first film. She has taught and lived extensively in France and has directed several artistic and academic projects in the south of France including a documentary film, Un Modèle pour Matisse: Histoire de la Chapelle du Rosaire de Vence (A Model for Matisse: The Story of the Vence Chapel) as well as two related books: Artists and Their Museums on the Riviera (Abrams, 1998) and a translation of Matisse, The Vence Chapel (Editions Gardettes 2001). She has been an artist-in residence at the Fondation d'Art in La Napoule, France, the recipient of four Florence Gould Awards, grants from the Berkman Faculty Development Fund and Falk Fund at Carnegie Mellon University, from the Council on International Educational Exchange, the Consortium for Language Learning and Teaching and a special grant for multidisciplinary and technological innovation in education from the Vice Provost for Education at Carnegie Mellon University. She has also shared in the Andrew Heiskell Award for Technology Enhanced Learning in International Education from the Institute for International Education. She has written fifty-some articles, books and reviews and has lectured internationally. Her academic research addresses the learning of second languages, a topic on which she writes and lectures internationally. Publications in this area include Second Language Acquisition in a Study Abroad Context (Benjamins, 1995) and Contextes (Newbury House, 1989).