episode 1: “the fowl”
A redhead who hails from Kentucky, Taylor Coriell is a New York-based actor, writer, and award-winning filmmaker. She is a two-time finalist for the Sundance/YouTube New Voices Lab for her digital series, You’re The Pest and Coming For You, and the first season of You're The Pest received a spot in BVEW's Kickstart Diversity incubator. Director: Step Into My Office, Run Ins, and the short film, Til Death Do Us Part. Writer/Producer: Redheads Anonymous, A White Guy Grows In Brooklyn, and We Will All Be Dead Soon. Actor: Pam/Erin in the open-ended Off-Broadway run of The Office! A Musical Parody in NYC. Taylor drinks a lot of coffee.
is an NYC based Director of Photography with a sophisticated visual sense built on a deep knowledge of cinematic history and an eye for finding beauty in the moment. With years of experience in the camera and lighting departments, her creative visual storytelling is backed by a comprehensive knowledge of modern cameras and lighting techniques. She works in all genres, though she holds a special love for narratives and the visual unfolding of strong stories.
episode 2: “the moisture-wicking shirt”
is a writer and sometimes-performer now (recently) based in LA. In her previous life as a New Yorker, she made sketches and web series as a member of the comedy group Bioux, including as a co-writer on MyBnB (winner of the Made in NY award at the 2016 Brooklyn WebFest). In her present life, she ferries Diet Cokes and answers phones as an assistant on The Blacklist. She has written for NBC Sports and Produced By Magazine and The Hairpin, and is a graduate of Williams College. You can follow her antics on Twitter at @thatjustine.
Liza is a NYC-based cinematographer fascinated by humans, light and stories of identity, location and the why. She enjoys collaboratively developing and crafting the visual language unique to each story, and puts social relevance at the forefront. She draws from an exhaustive background in traditional, digital, photographic and theater arts, before coming up in the ranks of the camera department and co-founding Curiouser Creative, an award-winning media production company. In her downtime, Liza enjoys traveling, southern exposure, dancing enthusiastically and her batdog Jessie.
episode 3: “the platform”
is an award winning film and theater director who uses humor to push boundaries and social consciousness. Since graduating from NYU, with a BFA in Film & Television Production, she has directed upwards of 16 short form projects, which have screened in a variety of film festivals. Two plays that Jaclyn directed won first place in theater festivals and she has since had the opportunity to collaborate with playwrights to adapt 3 plays into films. In 2013 she was highlighted as an "emerging filmmaker to watch" in Miramax's blog and in 2016 she was the keynote speaker at the Visions Film Festival & Conference. Gramigna currently freelances, producing, writing and directing branded content and interactive audio experiences. She is a proud member of NYWIFT, The FilmmakeHers and Filmshop, and is an activist for underrepresented voices in film.
Caitlin Machak is a cinematographer originally from Chicago, who studied at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and FAMU, the Czech Republic’s Film School in Prague. Caitlin shot Ask for Jane, starring Cody Horn (Magic Mike), Alison Wright (The Americans), and Cait Cortelyou, which premiered at the 2018 Hamptons International Film Festival, and is continuing its successful festival run while receiving critical acclaim due to its timely narrative about abortion rights. Her short film work has screened at the Cannes Film Festival, the Palm Springs International Film Festival, and the Northside Film Festival. As a member of the International Cinematographers Guild, Caitlin learned from the best on shows such as Netflix's House of Cards and HBO's GIRLS. Recently, she operated Villains, starring Maika Monroe and Bill Skarsgård, premiering at the 2019 SXSW Film Festival, the second season of TruTV’s At Home with Amy Sedaris as well as Netflix's Friends from College, on which she also acted as a 2nd Unit Cinematographer. IG: @caitlinmachak
episode 4: “the snap”
Maggie robinson katz
is an audio producer, writer, performer and now director, thanks to the Pitch Her ladies. Recently she created a two part mini-series for the New Yorker Radio Hour entitled, “The Long Distance Con” about her Father’s failed pursuit of treasure in the Philippines. She is also a founding member of Brooklyn’s Premier Dolly Parton cover band, Doll Parts, who recently played the premiere of the Netflix movie, Dumplin’ back in December.
is an award-winning director and cinematographer, and a member of Brooklyn production company Illium Pictures. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, her short The Grown-Ups received top awards at NYU's First Run Film Festival. The film was nominated for a National Board of Review award, and was an official selection of HBO’s Urbanworld Film Festival. In 2015, Warren was selected as a Shadow Director on ABC's renowned industry showcase, ABC Discovers. In 2018, her short Revelation was selected to show in IFC’s Short Attention Span Cinema Series. Warren directs and DPs commercial work for clients including Delta Air Lines, PepsiCo, and Paramount. Most recently, she directed a documentary in Tanzania on maternal and reproductive health for Bloomberg Philanthropies.
episode 5: “the yarn”
Connie Shi is a director, actor, and singer-songwriter from Bucks County, PA. She is the cofounder and director of project:girl, a film series about girlhood that premiered at HBO's ITVFest 2017. Recent: The Year of the Solar Eclipse, a new play benefitting Planned Parenthood in the Planet Connection Theater Festival. You can also see her acting on Season 3&4 of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix, opposite Robert DeNiro in The Comedian, and as the award-winning lead in the independent thriller Honeybee, out on Amazon & iTunes. She loves writing songs about overly personal topics and plays her music around New York under the pseudonym Lilo.
Snigdha is a Cinematographer and Director, a visual storyteller with a background in Journalism and Advertising who finds the process of communicating through films liberating. She is known for her work in Shattered Beauty that won her best cinematography at Asian American Film Lab. As cinematographer, her feature film Antofagasta, New York is set to be released in New York and Colombia after a successful run in Chile being included in Chilean film catalog (2017). As Director, her films Vera's Song and Now have won Best International Film and Best Film (Youth) at Pink City International Film Festival respectively along with screening at the reputed Santander Film Festival “Short and Think” in 2015.
She strives to Learn. Collaborate. Create.
episode 6: “the disc”
is a filmmaker, writer, and producer based in Brooklyn, NY. Her short film In the Wake premiered at the Lady Filmmaker's Festival in Beverly Hils, CA, and was screened as a part of Pitch Her's Riveter Series in New York. Her documentary shorts Black. Womxn. and Firm Ground were shown at multiple exhibitions, including at the Granoff Center for the Arts in Providence, RI. Naiyah received degrees in Modern Culture & Media and Political Science from Brown University. She currently works on the Scripted Development team at Refinery29 where she develops for television and film.
is a Brooklyn-based cinematographer, director, and colorist. The focus of her visual storytelling is the unsaid language that exists in the space between and around her subjects. Serena's work encompasses narrative, documentary, music videos, and digital branded content. Her films have traveled to more than 50 international and domestic film festivals, such as Sundance, SXSW, Frameline, Slamdance, and SIFF. She is currently working on End of Summer, a short film about a queer Asian-American teenager and her first-generation family, on the road to her college move-in.
episode 7: “the lullaby”
Amanda is a filmmaker, artist, and emotional explorer from the West, living in Brooklyn. For the past 8 years, she has worked in media in New York, directing and producing promotional and narrative content and as an editor. She is currently working on a few experimental video projects as well as pursuing her masters in the Integrated Media Arts program at Hunter College. As a Creative Director of the storytelling initiative, Collective Sex, she co-directed and edited the short film, Names of Women, has produced a collection of activist videos, and most recently directed, edited and was an executive producer of the TV pilot, Mercy Mistress, which has been picked up by Margaret Cho. She is interested in stories about identity and relationships, community and connection and bold storytelling (both the stories told and the process of telling them) that values authenticity, collaboration, and experimentation.
is a New York based Director of Photography. Her background as a camera technician on narrative and documentary features, television, commercials, and web content has given her a wide range of skills to use in her work to play with light, expand her skill set, and manifest the creative ideas of directors. Her work on short documentaries such as WELL GROOMED and JUST THE MUSCLE traveled the festival circuit in the US and won Best Short at the Toronto Independent Film Festival and a Vimeo staff pick. Her work with Collective Sex on the short NAMES OF WOMEN has also been on tour around the country and in collegiate settings such as Colgate and Wesleyan inspiring women and their partners to share their stories without judgement. She recently shot MERCY MISTRESS, a series exploring the world of the kink community, to be Executive Produced by Margaret Cho.
Sound Design & Mix by Uptown Works
Editor & Colorist Samantha Smith
Title Design by Taylor Goodell Benedum
Trailer Editor Juliana Jurenas
Gaffer Rebecca Schafer
Production Assistants Hannah Berman, Lizzie Fox, Grace Hoover, Marie Claire Roussel, Alison Schiller, Kellie Spill, Mathilde Suissa
Associate Producer Katie Falter
Production Design by Gloria Muñoz
UPM Chanel Waterhouse
Assistant Director Caitlin Morris
Music by Dylan Glatthorn
Sound Recordists Hanna Nordenswan
& Paola C. Messina
Ramel Anderson, Aron Canter, Nick Caruso, Justin Cassel, Rani Tanisha Choudhury, Txai Frota, Jett Gross, Matthew Korahais, Talya Mar, Caitlin Morris, Mary Kate O’Neill, Rudy Roushdi, Ayiesha Alizai Sadik, Julia Sirna-Frest, Aubrey Lace Taylor, Chanel Waterhouse and J.T. Wood
Caitlin Morris, Gloria Muñoz, Chanel Waterhouse
Special thanks to Tim Knox & TKF Productions, Brian Waterhouse, Anne Troup, Adorama Rentals, Nicholas Morris, Calvin Knie, Tarim, Bassam & Ahmed at Westside Deli, Woolyn & Rachel Maurer, Samuel Froeschle & Isabelle Coler, Katie Falter & Shelly Vance, and Michelle Byington.