March '18 OFFICIAL SELECTIONS
March 17, 2018
The Air Up Here
6:00 - USA - 2017
Director: Lindsay Calleran
Synopsis: A girl goes to her grandparents' cabin to spend her birthday alone.
$5.00 Shorts [Citrus, and Candy]
3:30 - USA - 2017
Director: Remy Fink
Synopsis: 'Sex and Grapefruits.' and 'A moving re-creation of a Georgie Smith collage.'
14:28 - USA - 2018
Director: Julia Ngeow
Synopsis: A talkative Australian traveller and a reclusive artist form an unlikely bond after an accidental 'break and enter' in Brooklyn.
7:46 - USA - 2017
Director: Monisha Dey
Synopsis: Sikhs have been subjected to hate crimes in the US for over a decade now, but their way of fighting intolerance is a unique one - through peace, love and acceptance.
7:45 - USA - 2016
Director: Kelly Todd
Synopsis: "Minnewaska" was created upstate at Minnewaksa State Park to showcase, enhance, and protect the land.
10:50 - USA - 2017
Director: Clea DeCrane
Synopsis: Girl Friends. That space in between can get real messy when you're as close as these two.
2:00 - USA - 2018
Director: Tamara Hansen
Synopsis: A coming of age story about diminished dreams, the loss of innocence and the fight for what we want.
2:00 - USA - 2017
Director: Grace Naughton
Synopsis: As THE RUNNER (Javier Muñoz) runs along a New York City street, we hear his inner thoughts.
16:00 - USA - 2016
Director: Amy DePaola
Synopsis: Inspired by true events and melding narrative with cinéma vérité, AMYDEE is writer-director-actor Amy DePaola’s meditation on reclaiming one’s power in an uncontrollable modern world.
5:13 - USA - 2016
Director: Francesca Andre
Synopsis: Charcoal captures the parallel stories of two black women and their lifelong journey to overcome internalized colorism, find self-acceptance and ultimately redemption.
The Hunted: Encore
6:00 - USA - 2017
By: Charging Moose Media
Synopsis: Swords, Songs & Slayers collide in this Musical Action Comedy that pits Megan and her team of vampire hunters against a sinister bloodsucking syndicate.
4:50 - USA - 2018
Director: Andrew K. Meyer
Synopsis: 'If you are a boob, you will be trapped...'
8:00 - USA - 2017
Director: Ashley Deckman
Synopsis: Alley, a fourth grade student at Little Brooke Elementary School, and her single mother Mandy, are forced to leave the schools Career Day early when their presentation gets cut short.
11:26 - USA - 2017
Director: Mary Gulino
Synopsis: Sherry is an unassuming receptionist at a dance studio until the day she seizes an opportunity to “be brave.”
2018 EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING
"Production Scraps": Running a professional set with next to nothing.
"Please Watch My Movie!": Discussion + advice re: Outreach, Festivals, Marketing, Distribution, and beyond.
Tijuana Ricks is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama where she was awarded both the Rebecca West Memorial Scholarship and the Herschel Williams Prize for Outstanding Ability in Acting. Ms. Ricks has performed in numerous film, television, and stage productions alongside some of the greats in the industry such as the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, Laura Linney, Viola Davis, Paul Giamatti, and Dustin Hoffman. She is also an accomplished voiceover artist with a 2013 Grammy nomination for spoken word for her work as Michelle Obama in the First Lady's audiobook, American Grown.
Ms. Ricks made her directorial debut in 2016 with the comedy pilot, The Vampire Leland - an official selection of the New York Television Festival, St. Louis International Film Festival, SoHo International Film Festival, and SeriesFest. IndieWire said The Vampire Leland has "professional gloss, plenty of fun plot threads to explore, and a wry tone that had us hooked."
As a producer, her short film Human Resources: Sick Days Aren’t A Game premiered at LA Comedy Fest and went on to be an official selection for SoHo International Film Festival, St. Louis Filmmmakers Showcase, HollyShorts Film Festival, St. Louis International Film Festival, and the Atlanta Film Festival where she was named, "A Filmmaker to Watch."
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Rosalind Murphy is a Producer and Media Consultant for film, television, theater and art organizations. She specializes in Audience Development, Branded Entertainment and Partnership Development. Rosalind is a strategist of media with unique experiences and partnerships focus on multicultural markets and media properties.
Rosalind co-produced SimonSays Entertainment Theater Workshop “Good Bread Alley’, film feature “Dope Fiend”, short fIlm “In Black and White" and marketing consultant on TV Pilot “Black Rose”.
Prior to working as an independent consultant, Rosalind ‘s experience includes a 6- year tenure with Microsoft as an Executive Engagement Manager. While at Microsoft, she launched the successful quarterly Women Executive Forum and received the “Microsoft Diversity Inclusion Award” for developing innovative programs targeting women executives. Rosalind also worked at Film Life, Inc. as the Director of Marketing Communications, where she lead marketing, media planning, promotion and advertising sales management for the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) and Black Cinema Café New York.
Tracy Sayre is an award-winning screenwriter and founder of Writers Work, an organization that helps writers develop their craft, career and community. As co-director of the Women's Weekend Film Challenge, she helps women in film boost their careers and produce female-driven content. She is currently developing three feature scripts for production and serves on the grant board of Queens Council on the Arts. She lives in Astoria with her husband, Mike.
Jay Russell is an Actor, Director, Writer, Producer, Teacher and Coach. He is honored to be a part of the Shorts Night Film Festival. He recently wrapped shooting his first short film called ruok about our obsession with our devices. Almost the entire film happens through texts as it takes a look at our inability to communicate with people IRL (in real life). It centers on two gay BFF’s, Alex & Bryan, and delves into friendship, love, sex & hooking up in today’s world. It stars Peter Mark Kendall, Zachary Booth and Sydney James Harcourt. Jay wrote, directed and produced the film and is currently in post production with an eye on entering it into the festival circuit in the coming season. He hopes that perhaps you will get a chance to see it at next year’s festival. As an actor Jay has been seen on Broadway (End of the Rainbow, The Play What I Wrote), Off-Broadway (Our Town, The Normal Heart, Travels with My Aunt, Around the World in 80 Days & many more), National Tours (Wicked, Beauty & the Beast) and in leading roles in Regional Theatres nationally and internationally.
Jill Rosen is a freelance Marketing and Publicity Consultant, specializing in Entertainment. She is currently consulting at FilmNation Entertainment, one of the world’s leading distributors, financiers and producers of independent films and television, where she has worked on publicity campaigns for THE BIG SICK, LOGAN LUCKY, WONDERSTRUCK as well as upcoming films including DISOBEDIENCE, LIFE ITSELF and WILDLIFE. Her extensive planning and on-the- ground know-how of A-list international film festivals include Cannes, Toronto, Venice, Berlin, and Sundance among others. Jill has also held positions at Premier PR in London as well as Focus Features and HanWay Films, where she was Director of Publicity. She started her film career at Miramax in Los Angeles, where
she worked on Academy Award-winning films including THERE WILL BE BLOOD, NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN and THE QUEEN.
Cait is a graduate of Barnard College of Columbia University, where she graduated with honors a year early, and an alumnus of The National Theater Institute at the Tony Award-winning Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT. She currently lives in Washington Heights with her cat, Stevens.
Her latest project is a feature film called Ask for Jane, which is expected to make the festival rounds in 2018. The film tells the true story of the Jane Collective, a group of young women who provided safe and illegal abortions in Chicago before Roe v. Wade was passed. It was financed by Caroline (of Caroline's on Broadway) and has the support of Gloria Steinem as well as real-life Jane, Judith Arcana. Ask for Jane is the first feature that Cortelyou has produced - she also stars in the film opposite Emmy Award nominee Alison Wright, Tony Award nominee Saycon Sengbloh, Ben Rappaport (Shonda Rhimes's upcoming series "For the People"), Chloe Levine (Marvel's "The Defenders") and Sarah Ramos ("Parenthood").
Cidney Hue is a sci-fi director and filmmaker in NYC with a focus on women, environmental issues, and science-driven projects. Her three-time award-winning short, Odessa, recounts the journey of an astronaut’s last night on Earth. It was distributed by Gaiam TV & Indieflix and premiered on io9. Her webseries for Wired & Reddit, Cyborg Nation, profiles scientists at the forefront of prosthetics, robotics, and brain-computer interfaces. The series has garnered over half a million views and was nominated for a Webby in 2016. Her environmental documentary, Shark Loves the Amazon, toured nationally and premiered at the World Sustainability Forum to leaders and policy makers. Throughout her commercial career, she has directed and designed content for United Airlines, NASA JPL, Condé Nast, IMG, Scholastic, Imagine Science, Brennan Center for Justice, Specialty Food, Open Road Media, and more.
Cidney serves as the Director of 360 Video at NSENA and has traveled across the US to film Virtual Reality scenarios for law enforcement and corrections training.
Katrina Medoff is the founder and co-director of the Women's Weekend Film Challenge, a women-in-film initiative that creates teams of all-female casts and crews to write, shoot, and edit short films in one weekend. She is an actor, writer and producer in New York City. Her recent projects include the festival-bound feature “Ask for Jane” (actor) and the short films “That Very Evening” (actor/producer), “Lovestuck” (actor/writer/producer), “Home Invasion for the Holidays” (actor) and “Ms. Connections” (actor/writer). She is also the editor-in-chief of BORO, a monthly magazine about Astoria, Long Island City and Sunnyside, Queens.
Marzy is a Russian/Jewish award nominated actor and award winning filmmaker. Her hunger to tell stories and her exasperation at the lack of representation of women/poc/queer in entertainment pushed her to expand her skill set to include writing and producing. In addition to starting Besties Make Movies, Marzy has co-founded Wildfire Film Initiative with Victoria Negri to celebrate risk-taking films and ignite conversations around them.
SLICE, a short form digital series which she produced and starred in, earned her a Best Actress nomination at Brooklyn Web Fest and was an Official Selection of Brooklyn Web Fest, NYC Web Fest, HollyWeb Fest, Vancouver Web Fest, IndieFilmmakers NY, Knoxville FF and Katra Film Series.
WORKING ON IT, created, produced by & starring Marzy won Best Web Series at Los Angeles Film Awards and was an Official Selection of Brooklyn Web Fest, NYC Web Fest, Knoxville FF and IndieWorks!