Olympia Dukakis- actor
The daughter of Greek immigrants, Dukakis earned her degree from Boston University and worked as a physical therapist while pursuing a stage career. Notable films include Cloudburst, Away from Her, Moonstruck, Steel Magnolias, Mr. Holland's Opus and Mighty Aphrodite.
Known for her strength and wit, Dukakis won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance as Rose Castorini in Moonstruck in 1987. She was also nominated for an Emmy for her performance as Anna Madrigal in the public television miniseries Tales of the City.
A veteran of the stage, some credits include "Mother Courage," "The Marriage of Bette and Boo," "Rose," "The Curse of the Starving Class," "Elektra" and "The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore."
Ms. Dukakis was a founder and the producing artistic director of the Whole Theater Company in Montclair, NJ.
Her bestselling autobiography Ask Me Again Tomorrow: A Life in Progress was published in 2003.
Desirée Matthews- actor/screenwriter/ Executive producer
Born in the San Francisco Bay Area, Desirée has called New York her home for the past 12 years. A graduate of Boston College in Theatre and English, Desirée continued her studies in SF at the American Conservatory Theater, The Actors Center in NYC and with master teacher Olympia Dukakis.
An actor for twenty five years, she has performed in many Off- Broadway plays, independent films, devised theatre projects and commercials. Film credits include "Split," "My Movie Girl," "Howl," and "Lurking in Suburbia."
Desirée is deeply committed to continuing Olympia's legacy of THE INANNA WORKSHOP, facilitating empowerment workshops for women and girls in New York and Westchester County.
This is Desirée's screenwriting debut.
Anna Gabriella Jones- director
Anna Jones is a British born filmmaker raised in London, now based in LA.
Her recent web series, MY AMERICA, was described by Thought Catalog as "the series everyone should see before the election", has won awards at several festivals worldwide and been an Official Selection at the LA Film Festival and Hollyshorts. Her short films have been seen at over a dozen festivals worldwide, including the London Short Film Festival and the Downtown Urban Arts Festival in New York, and her short NOW WHAT? was picked up for a distribution deal on Shorts TV in the USA and EMEA. She is a BAFTA LA Newcomer.
Anna directed theatre in London and New York for over a decade before turning her attention to film, directing and workshopping productions by many writers from the US and UK, including Alena Smith, Tarell McCraney and Stella Feehily. She is currently in post-production on the dark comedy digital series DETOX created by Annie Howard & Betsy Lippitt and in pre-production for her first feature, existential comedy THE CORE PHILOSOPHY, written by Alex Siskin and Wade Allain-Marcus, produced by Homegrown Pictures.
Anna studied at Cambridge University and the Yale School of Drama, and is represented in London by Independent Talent.
Daisy Zhou- Cinematographer
Growing up between Shanghai and rural Pennsylvania, the one constant Daisy had in her life was photography & filmmaking. Though she never expected her hobby of creating stop-motion animations with paper boats and cobwebs to lead anywhere, she surprised herself and her family with an admittance to NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where she focused on cinematography.
After graduating, Daisy shot over thirty narrative projects and commercial projects for brands like Nike, Lincoln, Chanel, Victoria's Secret as well as music videos, fashion films and documentaries for artists including Margaret Zhang, Banks, Mykki Blanco, Cai Guo Qiang and James Blunt.
Daisy recently directed a commercial short set in the world of Vogue dancing. This caught the attention of Nike New York, who hired her to shoot and direct a new spot featuring transgender international vogue dancer Leiomy Maldonado. The spot premiered ahead of the NYC Pride march in June and was featured on Adweek, the Times, Elle, Allure, and Mic magazine.
Julia Kennelly is a New York-based producer and filmmaker. After receiving her BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Julia has focused predominantly on freelance film production, producing a range of narrative and commercial short form work, as well as one feature film. She is a co-founder of production company Dream City, and is currently in post-production on her debut solo directorial effort, a short film called "Chandler". Julia is deeply committed to telling stories by and about women, and is grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with many incredible female artists in both theatre and film.
Karine Benzaria is a New York based producer whose experience ranges from short commercial form to narrative television. A film graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, her exposure to multicultural film formats early on in her career heightened her interest in telling universal stories whose impact is accessible to wide range audiences. She currently works at W Magazine where she has streamlined production with talents as India Menuez, Carla Bruni, and musician Mykki Blanco. Prior to working in digital short form, she worked alongside Netflix and Plan B Entertainment on the 2016 series The OA. She is a co-founder of Dream City, alongside Julia Kennely and Daisy Zhou.
Lindsay Seyffert- Editor
Lindsay Seyffert came to Los Angeles to pursue a BFA in Theater from California Institute of the Arts as both a writer and actor. Her interests transitioned to post production after taking film classes on a whim at Los Angeles Community College. Soon afterwards, she began an internship at The Park Entertainment, where she was later hired on full-time as an Assistant Sound Editor. During her time there, she worked as an Assistant Sound Editor, SFX Editor and Foley Artist on several independent films including The New Twenty, which was featured at Outfest that year. After going back to school, in 2012 she graduated from the American Film Institute Conservatory with a MFA in Film Editing. During her time there she edited a number of short films including Dr. Gutman's Eulogy, Skinny Jo and The Men's Room. Following AFI, she went on to work as an Archival Researcher on the award winning documentary Listen to Me Marlon, for Passion Pictures. Most recently, she has worked as the Lead Assistant Editor on The Meddler with Susan Sarandon, I Ship It, an upcoming musical comedy on The CW Seed, and the 2nd Season of Trial and Error on NBC, featuring Kristin Chenoweth. When not tucked away in a small, dark room with her eyes glued to a computer screen, Lindsay enjoys spending time in the sunlight with her husband and animal menagerie at their Highland Park home.
Ola Maslik- Production designer
Production Designer born and raised in Poland. Ola's unique talents as a designer for the stage and screen came to light during this time - of marrying a profound understanding of story with production design on a macro and micro level. Her gift for collaboration also began to become apparent as she formed lifelong relationships with directors, writers, producers and actors.
Ola recently wrapped final season as Production Designer on the AMC 80's/90's TV show Halt and Catch Fire, seasons 1 and 2 of Madam Secretary created by Barbara Hall and Morgan Freeman, Adult Beginners directed by Ross Katz and numerous Sundance films including The Skeleton Twins, written and directed by Craig Johnson; ; and Ass Backwards, directed by Chris Nelson.
Ola's work is also featured in Ryan O'Nan's Brooklyn Brothers Beat The Best which had its premiere at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival.
Moria Sine Clinton-Costume Designer
Moria is a Brooklyn based Designer. She’s just finished assisting on Ang Lee’s next film that shot on location in Savannah GA. She’s been happy to be part of the team, shopping and assisting on the final two season’s of FX’s The Americans.
Before focusing on the thriving Film and Television industry in the city she calls home, Moria was a Costume and Set designer working on new plays, re-imagined classics and opera. She was named in LIVE/DESIGN Magazine as Young Designer to Watch in 2012.
Notable institutions Moria has designed include The Public Theatre, Atlantic Theatre Co, The Cherry Lane, Women’s Project, The Playwrights Realm, TFANA, Guthrie Theatre, Dallas Theatre Center, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Asolo Repertory Theatre, The Jungle Theatre, Mixed Blood, La Jolla Playhouse and Yale Repertory Theatre. She was Jane Greenwood’s Broadway Associate from several years when first cutting her teeth in New York.
Moria is a graduate of The Yale School of Drama, where she received the Leo Lerman Graduate Fellowship in 2009. She has a B.S. in Theatre and in Art from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. She received two Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival National Awards in Design.
She is a member of USA 829 and represented by Bret Adams Ltd Artists’ Agency.
MOnica Palmieri-Assistant Director
Originally from Guatemala, Monica Palmieri has been residing in New York for 10 years. She founded along with her sisters the production company MMW productions. Monica has directed and produced the short films The G.O.I.G, Small Talk, Complete Sentences and Black Hole (Icaro Film Festival & Short Circuit New York Film Festival). Her work as a producer includes short films: Datin' Marvin (68th Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner), Meet Me Here, Locked in You, Underwater and Derailing where she was also the lead actress. Monica worked as line producer for the film Split ( Sarasota Film Festival, 2016) by award wining director Deborah Kampmeier.
Monica also produces and directs content for companies like Spin Magazine and Stereogum. In addition, she works as 1st AD for companies like Vice, Comedy Central, Amenic Cinema, La Panda Productions & Yale Productions.
She is an alumna of The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, The Labyrinth Theatre Ensemble Workshop & The Marcelle Bonge Academy.
Since 2012 Monica co-founded and produces the Icaro Film Festival New York.
Monica is developing her ópera prima, which is set to film at the end of 2017.
Aria Ferraro-Key Hair & Makeup artist
Aria Ferraro is an Italian born and raised artist who has been trained in the arts since a very young age. Aria studied art at "Fame", Art and Performing Arts School, F.H. Laguardia and also obtained a bachelor degree in studio art concentrating in drawing and human anatomy at Hunter College while assisting MOMA & museum resident artists.
In Los Angeles, Aria acquired a Masters in Beauty and Special Effects Makeup from the world's top make-up artistry school, Cinema Makeup School, while training at Hollywood's premiere Special Effects laboratories MEL Inc and B2FX.
Aria's work can be found in features, shorts, commercials, music videos and more.