The whole corporate world needs to fix its diversity issue. Because it's the right thing to do, but also because it's a good idea. Creativity is usually explained as "thinking outside the box." It is easier to achieve creativity through diversity. Embracing multiple genders, races, sexual orientations... all those are important because they help make companies and brands more creative, empathetic and representative of their customers of society at large.

 


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Danielle Katvan  is an award-winning director of narrative and commercial content. A born and raised New Yorker living in Los Angeles, her directing style is defined by its heightened visual aesthetic and offbeat, comedic sensibility. She won a 2018 Silver Clio Award for her Vogue x Free People spot, and was one of 32 directors included in SHOOT Magazine’s 2017 New Directors Showcase.  Her short films have also received numerous accolades, such as the Kodak Award for Excellence in the Craft of Filmmaking, Best Short Film at the San Diego International Film Festival and a World Premiere at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival.

Danielle Katvan is an award-winning director of narrative and commercial content. A born and raised New Yorker living in Los Angeles, her directing style is defined by its heightened visual aesthetic and offbeat, comedic sensibility. She won a 2018 Silver Clio Award for her Vogue x Free People spot, and was one of 32 directors included in SHOOT Magazine’s 2017 New Directors Showcase.

Her short films have also received numerous accolades, such as the Kodak Award for Excellence in the Craft of Filmmaking, Best Short Film at the San Diego International Film Festival and a World Premiere at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival.

Amber  cut her comedy teeth as an actress, improviser, writer, and producer in New York and LA. Honing her talent at the Upright Citizens Brigade, Amber is an expert in comedy writing, performance, and what makes people laugh. She is not afraid to get weird. In fact, she can’t help getting weird…because she is a weirdo. Still, she believes that the best comedy comes from a grounded reality, with characters the audience truly care about — because when the stakes are high, the chances of pressing SKIP or shooting your TV are a *little* lower.  Sure, she’s a comedy geek, but she’s no film luddite. After graduating from Marlboro College with a degree in Political Theory, Amber spent eight years making meaningful commercial content for some of the biggest brands and artists in the world, from Sam Smith to Smart Water.  Amber’s greatest joy as a director is finding comedy in the details of purposeful art direction, sound design, cinematography, makeup, and wardrobe. A true music nerd with a secret background as an electronic musician, Amber has a gift for guiding original music composition and finding the perfect score for any project or sentimental life event.

Amber cut her comedy teeth as an actress, improviser, writer, and producer in New York and LA. Honing her talent at the Upright Citizens Brigade, Amber is an expert in comedy writing, performance, and what makes people laugh. She is not afraid to get weird. In fact, she can’t help getting weird…because she is a weirdo. Still, she believes that the best comedy comes from a grounded reality, with characters the audience truly care about — because when the stakes are high, the chances of pressing SKIP or shooting your TV are a *little* lower.

Sure, she’s a comedy geek, but she’s no film luddite. After graduating from Marlboro College with a degree in Political Theory, Amber spent eight years making meaningful commercial content for some of the biggest brands and artists in the world, from Sam Smith to Smart Water.

Amber’s greatest joy as a director is finding comedy in the details of purposeful art direction, sound design, cinematography, makeup, and wardrobe. A true music nerd with a secret background as an electronic musician, Amber has a gift for guiding original music composition and finding the perfect score for any project or sentimental life event.


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Cristina Costantini  and Darren Foster are a Los Angeles based directing duo. Science Fair won the first-ever Festival Favorite Award at the Sundance Film Festival. The documentary follows a group of high- school prodigies from disparate corners of the globe as they navigate rivalries and setbacks to become recognized as the best young scientists in the world.  Cristina’s first TV documentary Pimp City, was nominated for two Emmys and her reporting on immigration has won awards from GLAAD and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.  Darren is the co-creator and series producer of Inside: Secret America on National Geographic, and the Series Director of Borderland series on Al Jazeera America.

Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster are a Los Angeles based directing duo. Science Fair won the first-ever Festival Favorite Award at the Sundance Film Festival. The documentary follows a group of high- school prodigies from disparate corners of the globe as they navigate rivalries and setbacks to become recognized as the best young scientists in the world.

Cristina’s first TV documentary Pimp City, was nominated for two Emmys and her reporting on immigration has won awards from GLAAD and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

Darren is the co-creator and series producer of Inside: Secret America on National Geographic, and the Series Director of Borderland series on Al Jazeera America.

Jen Peedom  is a BAFTA nominated director, known for her gripping, intimate portraits of people in extreme circumstances. Her credits include the internationally renowned feature documentaries SOLO, SHERPA, and most recently MOUNTAIN, a collaboration with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.  SOLO won multiple awards internationally, including the AFI award for best documentary (Australia’s Oscars), Australian Directors Guild Award and Film Critics Circle Award.  SHERPA, was critically acclaimed on the international festival circuit, including Telluride, Toronto and London Film festivals, winning multiple awards including the Grierson Award for Best Documentary at the BFI London Film Festival, the Australian Film Critics Circle Award, the Australian Directors Guild Award, several audience awards and a BAFTA nomination in 2016. The film became the highest grossing Australian documentary in history.  Her most recent film, MOUNTAIN completed a sell-out national concert tour with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and screened internationally at San Sebastian, London and Busan International Film Festivals. Following the Australian release, it overtook Sherpa to become the highest grossing Australian documentary in box office history ($2million), and an impressive 11-week run in UK cinemas. It is now releasing theatrically internationally, including the US in May.  Jen is currently in development on a dramatic feature about Tenzing Norgay (first person to climb Everest) with writer Luke Davies (Lion, Beautiful Boy).  In 2010, Jen was the inaugural recipient of the David & Joan Williams Documentary Fellowship which recognizes and rewards creative ambition, intellectual rigor and innovation in documentary cinema.  She runs Stranger Than Fiction Films, a boutique feature documentary. She is represented by Bec Smith at United Talent Agency.

Jen Peedom is a BAFTA nominated director, known for her gripping, intimate portraits of people in extreme circumstances. Her credits include the internationally renowned feature documentaries SOLO, SHERPA, and most recently MOUNTAIN, a collaboration with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

SOLO won multiple awards internationally, including the AFI award for best documentary (Australia’s Oscars), Australian Directors Guild Award and Film Critics Circle Award.

SHERPA, was critically acclaimed on the international festival circuit, including Telluride, Toronto and London Film festivals, winning multiple awards including the Grierson Award for Best Documentary at the BFI London Film Festival, the Australian Film Critics Circle Award, the Australian Directors Guild Award, several audience awards and a BAFTA nomination in 2016. The film became the highest grossing Australian documentary in history.

Her most recent film, MOUNTAIN completed a sell-out national concert tour with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and screened internationally at San Sebastian, London and Busan International Film Festivals. Following the Australian release, it overtook Sherpa to become the highest grossing Australian documentary in box office history ($2million), and an impressive 11-week run in UK cinemas. It is now releasing theatrically internationally, including the US in May.

Jen is currently in development on a dramatic feature about Tenzing Norgay (first person to climb Everest) with writer Luke Davies (Lion, Beautiful Boy).

In 2010, Jen was the inaugural recipient of the David & Joan Williams Documentary Fellowship which recognizes and rewards creative ambition, intellectual rigor and innovation in documentary cinema.

She runs Stranger Than Fiction Films, a boutique feature documentary. She is represented by Bec Smith at United Talent Agency.

Kirsten Johnson  is a New-York based documentary director, producer and principal cinematographer on over 40 feature-length documentaries. Her most recent Academy short-listed film  Cameraperson (2016)  which premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2016; was awarded three 2017 Cinema Eye Honors, including ‘Outstanding Nonfiction Feature’.  Cameraperson  was named one of the ‘Top Ten Films of 2016’ by The Washington Post and The New York Times, and was the Grand Jury Prize Winner at the San Francisco International Film Festival and Sheffield International Documentary Festival. Earlier credits include her short film  The Above (2015)  which premiered at the 2015 New York Film Festival,  Deadline (2004)  which she co-directed with Katy Chevigny, and  The Oath (2010)  which she shared the 2010 Sundance Cinematography Award with Laura Poitras. Kirsten was principal cinematographer on Academy Award-winning  Citizenfour (2004) , Academy Award nominated,  The Invisible War (2012) , Tribeca Documentary winner,  Pray The Devil Back To Hell (2008) ,  A Place at the Table (2012),  and  Derrida (2002).  Her camerawork also appears in the Cannes 2016 premiere of Risk (2016) Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) , Emmy Award winning  Ladies First (2013) , and Sundance premiere  This Film is Not Yet Rated (2006) .

Kirsten Johnson is a New-York based documentary director, producer and principal cinematographer on over 40 feature-length documentaries. Her most recent Academy short-listed film Cameraperson (2016) which premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2016; was awarded three 2017 Cinema Eye Honors, including ‘Outstanding Nonfiction Feature’. Cameraperson was named one of the ‘Top Ten Films of 2016’ by The Washington Post and The New York Times, and was the Grand Jury Prize Winner at the San Francisco International Film Festival and Sheffield International Documentary Festival. Earlier credits include her short film The Above (2015) which premiered at the 2015 New York Film Festival, Deadline (2004) which she co-directed with Katy Chevigny, and The Oath (2010) which she shared the 2010 Sundance Cinematography Award with Laura Poitras. Kirsten was principal cinematographer on Academy Award-winning Citizenfour (2004), Academy Award nominated, The Invisible War (2012), Tribeca Documentary winner, Pray The Devil Back To Hell (2008), A Place at the Table (2012), and Derrida (2002). Her camerawork also appears in the Cannes 2016 premiere ofRisk (2016) Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004), Emmy Award winning Ladies First (2013), and Sundance premiere This Film is Not Yet Rated (2006).

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy  is a two-time Academy Award-winning Pakistani director, journalist, and activist. She is known for her work in films that highlight the inequality with women. Sharmeen is the recipient of two Academy Awards, six Emmy Awards and a Lux Style Award. Her work has taken her around the world, where she has filmed and worked with refugees, women’s advocacy groups and human rights defenders. By bringing their voices to the outside world, she has often helped them bring about a critical change in their community. Sharmeen helped found the Citizens Archive of Pakistan, a nonprofit, volunteer organization that fosters and promotes community-wide interest in the culture and history of Pakistan.

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is a two-time Academy Award-winning Pakistani director, journalist, and activist. She is known for her work in films that highlight the inequality with women. Sharmeen is the recipient of two Academy Awards, six Emmy Awards and a Lux Style Award. Her work has taken her around the world, where she has filmed and worked with refugees, women’s advocacy groups and human rights defenders. By bringing their voices to the outside world, she has often helped them bring about a critical change in their community. Sharmeen helped found the Citizens Archive of Pakistan, a nonprofit, volunteer organization that fosters and promotes community-wide interest in the culture and history of Pakistan.

Daphne Matziaraki  is a documentary filmmaker based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is born and raised in Athens Greece. She directed, produced, photographed and edited award winning “4.1 Miles.” She has lived and worked as a filmmaker and journalist in Europe, Africa and the United States. She has a Master’s in documentary filmmaking from UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism and a Master’s in International Relations from the University of Bristol, UK.

Daphne Matziaraki is a documentary filmmaker based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is born and raised in Athens Greece. She directed, produced, photographed and edited award winning “4.1 Miles.” She has lived and worked as a filmmaker and journalist in Europe, Africa and the United States. She has a Master’s in documentary filmmaking from UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism and a Master’s in International Relations from the University of Bristol, UK.

Kate Davis  is an American director, producer and editor. She is best known for Southern Comfort, and Traffic Stop for which she received Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject nomination with husband David Heilbroner at the 90th Academy Awards.  Kate’s documentary Southern Comfort, a 2001 Sundance Film Festival Grand Prize winner, has won over 25 awards and continues to be screened as a seminal work aimed towards overcoming transphobia.  Featuring footage caught on a dashcam, Traffic Stop tells the story of Breaion King, a 26-year-old African-American school teacher from Austin, Texas whose routine traffic violation quickly escalated into a dramatic arrest at the hands of a white police officer. Traffic Stop was nominated for an Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject in 2018.

Kate Davis is an American director, producer and editor. She is best known for Southern Comfort, and Traffic Stop for which she received Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject nomination with husband David Heilbroner at the 90th Academy Awards.

Kate’s documentary Southern Comfort, a 2001 Sundance Film Festival Grand Prize winner, has won over 25 awards and continues to be screened as a seminal work aimed towards overcoming transphobia.

Featuring footage caught on a dashcam, Traffic Stop tells the story of Breaion King, a 26-year-old African-American school teacher from Austin, Texas whose routine traffic violation quickly escalated into a dramatic arrest at the hands of a white police officer. Traffic Stop was nominated for an Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject in 2018.

Laura Checkoway’s  Edith+Eddie received an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Short in 2018 and has won numerous awards including the IDA Documentary Awards Best Short. The film is executive produced by Steve James and Cher.  Laura’s award-winning debut film LUCKY (also executive produced by Steve James) screened at festivals across the globe and premiered on television in 2014. It’s available on iTunes, Amazon and Vimeo on Demand. Laura’s work earned a social impact grant from NBC Universal and the American Film Institute and a Nonfiction fellowship with the Carey Institute for Global Good in 2018.  With a background in journalism, Laura penned revealing celebrity profiles and investigative features for many publications including Rolling Stone and she was senior editor of Vibe magazine. She co-authored the acclaimed book My Infamous Life: The Autobiography of Mobb Deep’s Prodigy and the New York Times Best Seller My Voice: A Memoir by Angie Martinez.

Laura Checkoway’s Edith+Eddie received an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Short in 2018 and has won numerous awards including the IDA Documentary Awards Best Short. The film is executive produced by Steve James and Cher.

Laura’s award-winning debut film LUCKY (also executive produced by Steve James) screened at festivals across the globe and premiered on television in 2014. It’s available on iTunes, Amazon and Vimeo on Demand. Laura’s work earned a social impact grant from NBC Universal and the American Film Institute and a Nonfiction fellowship with the Carey Institute for Global Good in 2018.

With a background in journalism, Laura penned revealing celebrity profiles and investigative features for many publications including Rolling Stone and she was senior editor of Vibe magazine. She co-authored the acclaimed book My Infamous Life: The Autobiography of Mobb Deep’s Prodigy and the New York Times Best Seller My Voice: A Memoir by Angie Martinez.

Owned and operated by Academy Award nominated filmmakers (“Jesus Camp”) Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady , Loki Films is a New York production company that has been lauded for shining a light on unknown worlds and taking an honest approach to delicate subject matter.  Noted films include:  “Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You:” How did a poor Jewish kid from Connecticut bring us Archie Bunker and become one of the most successful television producers ever? Norman Lear brought provocative subjects like war, poverty, and prejudice into 120 million homes every week. He proved that social change was possible through an unlikely prism: laughter. World Premiere, Sundance Film Festival 2016, Opening Night Selection. Theatrical Release Nationwide, June 2016.  “DETROPIA:” An arresting exploration of Detroit City and its struggle to transform itself into a new and innovative place. The film premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, winning the Editing Award. It enjoyed a successful theatrical run, won an Emmy and was broadcast on the Independent Lens series on PBS.  “Jesus Camp:” An intimate look into an intense training ground that recruits Evangelical children to become political “soldiers in the army of God.” Nominated for the 2007 Academy Award.  “12th & Delaware:” A collaboration with HBO, the film premiered in competition at the Sundance Film Festival and was called “the best film ever made about the abortion issue” by the LA Times. The film was nominated for a Gotham and won the prestigious Peabody Award.  “Freakonomics:” An all-star team of filmmakers adapt the bestselling book into a feature-length documentary.  “The Boys of Baraka:” The Emmy-nominated film follows young black teens in Baltimore who attend an experimental boarding school in Kenya. The film won the NAACP Image Award, was released theatrically and was broadcast on the prestigious POV series on PBS.  “The Education of Mohammad Hussein:” Made with HBO, the film is a rare look at life as a Muslim child in post 9/11 America. The film was nominated for an IDA award and shortlisted for the 2013 Academy Awards.  In its television work, Loki’s projects have been seen on a variety of networks including CBS, HBO, ESPN, A&E, PBS, VH1, MTV and CNN. Recent TV work includes ESPN’s “Branded” that revealed the trials and tribulations of America’s most elite female athletes. Ewing and Grady’s two episodes for the celebrated PBS “Makers” series aired in 2014. Ewing and Grady are members of the Directors Guild of America and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Owned and operated by Academy Award nominated filmmakers (“Jesus Camp”) Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, Loki Films is a New York production company that has been lauded for shining a light on unknown worlds and taking an honest approach to delicate subject matter.

Noted films include:

“Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You:” How did a poor Jewish kid from Connecticut bring us Archie Bunker and become one of the most successful television producers ever? Norman Lear brought provocative subjects like war, poverty, and prejudice into 120 million homes every week. He proved that social change was possible through an unlikely prism: laughter. World Premiere, Sundance Film Festival 2016, Opening Night Selection. Theatrical Release Nationwide, June 2016.

“DETROPIA:” An arresting exploration of Detroit City and its struggle to transform itself into a new and innovative place. The film premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, winning the Editing Award. It enjoyed a successful theatrical run, won an Emmy and was broadcast on the Independent Lens series on PBS.

“Jesus Camp:” An intimate look into an intense training ground that recruits Evangelical children to become political “soldiers in the army of God.” Nominated for the 2007 Academy Award.

“12th & Delaware:” A collaboration with HBO, the film premiered in competition at the Sundance Film Festival and was called “the best film ever made about the abortion issue” by the LA Times. The film was nominated for a Gotham and won the prestigious Peabody Award.

“Freakonomics:” An all-star team of filmmakers adapt the bestselling book into a feature-length documentary.

“The Boys of Baraka:” The Emmy-nominated film follows young black teens in Baltimore who attend an experimental boarding school in Kenya. The film won the NAACP Image Award, was released theatrically and was broadcast on the prestigious POV series on PBS.

“The Education of Mohammad Hussein:” Made with HBO, the film is a rare look at life as a Muslim child in post 9/11 America. The film was nominated for an IDA award and shortlisted for the 2013 Academy Awards.

In its television work, Loki’s projects have been seen on a variety of networks including CBS, HBO, ESPN, A&E, PBS, VH1, MTV and CNN. Recent TV work includes ESPN’s “Branded” that revealed the trials and tribulations of America’s most elite female athletes. Ewing and Grady’s two episodes for the celebrated PBS “Makers” series aired in 2014. Ewing and Grady are members of the Directors Guild of America and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.


ARTCLASs

Leah McKissock   La Di Da Films is a full service production company founded by Adam Blake Carver and Leah McKissock. As a company we specialize in creating professional and distinctively-creative films and commercial content. We love collaborating with brands to bring campaigns to life for broadcast television and across all social media platforms.    Our creative interests are eclectic and diverse. Our work includes stop-motion animation, live-action narratives, GIFs, photography, and documentary. Recently we’ve specialized in creating videos for the food and beverage industry where we’ve had the pleasure of working with brands such as Nabisco, Kraft, Frank’s RedHot, Mott’s and French’s. We’ve also produced live-action and documentary content for Olay, Lenovo, Thermador, Quaker, and Anheuser-Busch InBev.


Leah McKissock

La Di Da Films is a full service production company founded by Adam Blake Carver and Leah McKissock. As a company we specialize in creating professional and distinctively-creative films and commercial content. We love collaborating with brands to bring campaigns to life for broadcast television and across all social media platforms.

Our creative interests are eclectic and diverse. Our work includes stop-motion animation, live-action narratives, GIFs, photography, and documentary. Recently we’ve specialized in creating videos for the food and beverage industry where we’ve had the pleasure of working with brands such as Nabisco, Kraft, Frank’s RedHot, Mott’s and French’s. We’ve also produced live-action and documentary content for Olay, Lenovo, Thermador, Quaker, and Anheuser-Busch InBev.

LADIDA

Bridey Elliott   Indie darling Bridey Elliott is known for her dry, offbeat sense of humor, which she deftly translates on both sides of the lens. She honed her comedy chops performing stand-up and sketch at UCB while studying filmmaking at Brooklyn College and working at the famous Kim’s Video (known for being a starting ground for future filmmakers).  Ever the multi-hyphenate, Bridey frequently writes and acts in her directorial projects, including her comedic short “Affections,” and her debut feature, “Clara’s Ghost,” which both debuted in their respective years at the Sundance Film Festival. Each film showcases Bridey’s penchant for experimentation and genre-blending; “Affections” is an awkward comedy/drama that zooms in on the destructive behavior that occurs in a dead-end relationship, while “Clara’s Ghost” is a horror/comedy/drama focusing on a family embittered by their experience within the film industry.  Daughter of Chris Elliott, granddaughter of radio comedian Bob Elliott, and sister of SNL alum Abby Elliott, Bridey grew up virtually breathing comedy. Coming from American comedy royalty, her background has influenced her point of view as a self-described “actors’ director,” who enjoys the unpredictability of improv, and the play and nuance that springs from following actors’ instincts. In addition to her own work, Bridey’s other acting credits include “Silicon Valley,” “Battle of the Sexes,” “Mosaic,” and the SXSW Grand Jury Prize winner “Fort Tilden.”

Bridey Elliott

Indie darling Bridey Elliott is known for her dry, offbeat sense of humor, which she deftly translates on both sides of the lens. She honed her comedy chops performing stand-up and sketch at UCB while studying filmmaking at Brooklyn College and working at the famous Kim’s Video (known for being a starting ground for future filmmakers).

Ever the multi-hyphenate, Bridey frequently writes and acts in her directorial projects, including her comedic short “Affections,” and her debut feature, “Clara’s Ghost,” which both debuted in their respective years at the Sundance Film Festival. Each film showcases Bridey’s penchant for experimentation and genre-blending; “Affections” is an awkward comedy/drama that zooms in on the destructive behavior that occurs in a dead-end relationship, while “Clara’s Ghost” is a horror/comedy/drama focusing on a family embittered by their experience within the film industry.

Daughter of Chris Elliott, granddaughter of radio comedian Bob Elliott, and sister of SNL alum Abby Elliott, Bridey grew up virtually breathing comedy. Coming from American comedy royalty, her background has influenced her point of view as a self-described “actors’ director,” who enjoys the unpredictability of improv, and the play and nuance that springs from following actors’ instincts. In addition to her own work, Bridey’s other acting credits include “Silicon Valley,” “Battle of the Sexes,” “Mosaic,” and the SXSW Grand Jury Prize winner “Fort Tilden.”


UNHEARD/OF

Megan Griffiths   I try to lead with empathy in everything that I do, and that includes storytelling. I believe my trademark as a filmmaker is that I never judge my characters, but rather attempt to look at the choices they make and understand the context of those choices in order to better understand the world I inhabit. This humanist approach allows me to apply my strengths to projects all over the genre spectrum, and to stories told via many different platforms, from feature films to commercials, all while staying focused on what interests me most: people and what makes us all tick.

Megan Griffiths

I try to lead with empathy in everything that I do, and that includes storytelling. I believe my trademark as a filmmaker is that I never judge my characters, but rather attempt to look at the choices they make and understand the context of those choices in order to better understand the world I inhabit. This humanist approach allows me to apply my strengths to projects all over the genre spectrum, and to stories told via many different platforms, from feature films to commercials, all while staying focused on what interests me most: people and what makes us all tick.


POMP AND CLOUT

Matilda Finn   For as long as she can remember, music has always been a synesthetic experience for Matilda Finn. Her ability to see images when hearing a beat or melody is evident in the dreamlike work she produces. Finn draws on her experience in fashion photography to create evocative cinematic worlds.

Matilda Finn

For as long as she can remember, music has always been a synesthetic experience for Matilda Finn. Her ability to see images when hearing a beat or melody is evident in the dreamlike work she produces. Finn draws on her experience in fashion photography to create evocative cinematic worlds.

Pamela Reed   Reed + Rader is the creative team of Pamela Reed + Matthew Rader. From Ohio and Pennsylvania, their powers combined in the early 2000s. Reed + Rader direct films, gifs and virtual reality experiences set in virtual worlds. Their work is fun, colorful, wild and lets viewers escape to magical worlds where cats are ridable and dinosaurs dance. Mom and Dad to 5 cats, basketball fans, farmers on the weekend, they live in Brooklyn, NY.

Pamela Reed

Reed + Rader is the creative team of Pamela Reed + Matthew Rader. From Ohio and Pennsylvania, their powers combined in the early 2000s. Reed + Rader direct films, gifs and virtual reality experiences set in virtual worlds. Their work is fun, colorful, wild and lets viewers escape to magical worlds where cats are ridable and dinosaurs dance. Mom and Dad to 5 cats, basketball fans, farmers on the weekend, they live in Brooklyn, NY.


ADOLECENT 

Claire Jantzen    Claire Jantzen, is a 18 year old filmmaker and photographer from Encinitas, California. She began her career behind the camera at the age of 11, photographing and filming family, close friends, and places and things she found interesting.  Soon Claire discovered that she could tell meaningful stories with moving pictures, and began playing with different mediums of film making, first using stop motion video to create gifts for her friends and family, and then combining her passion for film making and love of music to shoot music videos. In commercials, she seeks to capture and share personal stories especially those about children and young adults.  Claire most recently finished a project for Target through Deutsch. She has completed spots for Skype and Bic and is preparing to shoot her first web series for AdolescentTV network. With social media as Claire’s vehicle, in particular Instagram, Facebook and YouTube, she has developed a robust following of fans who continue to encourage and inspire her to further her passion for film making. She is a passionate storyteller and has her eye on directing movies.

Claire Jantzen

Claire Jantzen, is a 18 year old filmmaker and photographer from Encinitas, California. She began her career behind the camera at the age of 11, photographing and filming family, close friends, and places and things she found interesting.

Soon Claire discovered that she could tell meaningful stories with moving pictures, and began playing with different mediums of film making, first using stop motion video to create gifts for her friends and family, and then combining her passion for film making and love of music to shoot music videos. In commercials, she seeks to capture and share personal stories especially those about children and young adults.

Claire most recently finished a project for Target through Deutsch. She has completed spots for Skype and Bic and is preparing to shoot her first web series for AdolescentTV network. With social media as Claire’s vehicle, in particular Instagram, Facebook and YouTube, she has developed a robust following of fans who continue to encourage and inspire her to further her passion for film making. She is a passionate storyteller and has her eye on directing movies.

Yulin Kuang    Yulin Kuang is a writer, director, and professional fangirl. Her storytelling sensibilities veer towards coming-of-age and romantic comedies. Her work has been featured on Nerdist, Indiewire, Huffington Post, HelloGiggles, The Mary Sue, and Hypable. She is an alum of directing fellowship programs with Sundance Institute, Lionsgate, and Sony Pictures Television.  She has over 27,500+ subscribers on her personal YouTube Channel, Yulin is Working, and has gained over 28,800+ subscribers on the collab channel she co-founded, Shipwrecked Comedy. She has worked with brands such as Harper Collins Teen, Ann Taylor LOFT, The CW, Google, Ford, and The Geena Davis Institute.

Yulin Kuang

Yulin Kuang is a writer, director, and professional fangirl. Her storytelling sensibilities veer towards coming-of-age and romantic comedies. Her work has been featured on Nerdist, Indiewire, Huffington Post, HelloGiggles, The Mary Sue, and Hypable. She is an alum of directing fellowship programs with Sundance Institute, Lionsgate, and Sony Pictures Television.

She has over 27,500+ subscribers on her personal YouTube Channel, Yulin is Working, and has gained over 28,800+ subscribers on the collab channel she co-founded, Shipwrecked Comedy. She has worked with brands such as Harper Collins Teen, Ann Taylor LOFT, The CW, Google, Ford, and The Geena Davis Institute.

Shea Vaughan-Gabor    SheaVaughan-Gabor is a young filmmaker, actor, and poet from Chicago living in New York and attending Pace University for her B.F.A in Acting. When she is not rehearsing, she spends most of her time writing screenplays and directing commercials. She recently directed a global campaign for Samsung and her viral video ‘People react to being called beautiful’ has 19M+ views. She plans to continue directing and producing her own short films as well as working on her Youtube channel which currently has 90k+ subscribers.

Shea Vaughan-Gabor

SheaVaughan-Gabor is a young filmmaker, actor, and poet from Chicago living in New York and attending Pace University for her B.F.A in Acting. When she is not rehearsing, she spends most of her time writing screenplays and directing commercials. She recently directed a global campaign for Samsung and her viral video ‘People react to being called beautiful’ has 19M+ views. She plans to continue directing and producing her own short films as well as working on her Youtube channel which currently has 90k+ subscribers.

Amelia Conway    Amelia Conway is a fourteen year old film maker; she made her debut in the entertainment industry when she co-hosted a radio show on the internet station”Little Radio” at the ripe age of seven years old. Amelia has a finely honed sense of music and old films. Since her radio show, Amelia has gone on to make short films and music videos. Amelia just finished a project for Target through Deutsch and a Nascar commercial. She is currently working on music videos and a photo series.

Amelia Conway

Amelia Conway is a fourteen year old film maker; she made her debut in the entertainment industry when she co-hosted a radio show on the internet station”Little Radio” at the ripe age of seven years old. Amelia has a finely honed sense of music and old films. Since her radio show, Amelia has gone on to make short films and music videos. Amelia just finished a project for Target through Deutsch and a Nascar commercial. She is currently working on music videos and a photo series.

Maris Jones    Maris Jones is a social media influencer and director who discovered the power of social media after graduating from college. She has developed a strong creative vision combining contemporary trends with her love of classic film, art, and music. Her unique commentary on today’s pop culture has earned her attention ranging from Vine accolades to being featured in Vogue. She is currently directing a web series, and, having successfully transitioned from social media influencer to commercial director, recently created spots for Above the Influence and Kia. She is currently based in Brooklyn, NY.

Maris Jones

Maris Jones is a social media influencer and director who discovered the power of social media after graduating from college. She has developed a strong creative vision combining contemporary trends with her love of classic film, art, and music. Her unique commentary on today’s pop culture has earned her attention ranging from Vine accolades to being featured in Vogue. She is currently directing a web series, and, having successfully transitioned from social media influencer to commercial director, recently created spots for Above the Influence and Kia. She is currently based in Brooklyn, NY.

Allison Raskin    Allison Raskin was born and raised in Scarsdale, NY, which is the town mentioned in RENT by Mark’s mother. Despite being beautiful and infamous, it never felt like home and Allison spent her last two years of high school in Connecticut at Choate Rosemary Hall. While at boarding school, Allison realized two things: 1) Never send your child to boarding school 2) Take risks or you will die of boredom. So Allison applied to USC’s BFA screenwriting program and somehow got in by submitting a short story about killing a cow that starred a pedophile.  Allison is now a writer, improviser, stand up comic and director. Comedy is her lifeline. It is how she interacts with the world and annoys her family over group texts. Since graduating, Allison has continued to write and produce an ungodly amount of web content that has been featured on Funny Or Die and the home page of her mother’s iPad. She hopes to one day write and direct features that make people think while they make you laugh. She also starred in a Payless commercial, which was very exciting for people she hasn’t seen in years.

Allison Raskin

Allison Raskin was born and raised in Scarsdale, NY, which is the town mentioned in RENT by Mark’s mother. Despite being beautiful and infamous, it never felt like home and Allison spent her last two years of high school in Connecticut at Choate Rosemary Hall. While at boarding school, Allison realized two things: 1) Never send your child to boarding school 2) Take risks or you will die of boredom. So Allison applied to USC’s BFA screenwriting program and somehow got in by submitting a short story about killing a cow that starred a pedophile.

Allison is now a writer, improviser, stand up comic and director. Comedy is her lifeline. It is how she interacts with the world and annoys her family over group texts. Since graduating, Allison has continued to write and produce an ungodly amount of web content that has been featured on Funny Or Die and the home page of her mother’s iPad. She hopes to one day write and direct features that make people think while they make you laugh. She also starred in a Payless commercial, which was very exciting for people she hasn’t seen in years.