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meet the babes
(in no particular order)
Jessica Silvetti, originally from Mexico City, attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where she received a BFA in Theatre. After several years living in New York City, she relocated to Los Angeles to merge her love of writing and filmmaking. To date she has written, produced and directed the short films: HAPPY FOR NOTHING, GOODBYE, GLANCES and POOR MAN’S MERMAID. Her feature film co-directorial debut, PROBLEM OF EVIL, is currently available on VOD, through multiple platforms. Her bilingual web series LOST MEMORIES, an impacting narrative about Alzheimer’s disease that she wrote and directed, is now available online. Currently screening at numerous Film Festivals is IN ABSENTIA, an anthology series of short films she wrote, directed and produced with her partner and husband, Ethan Kogan. IN ABSENTIA has received numerous awards and nominations, including a Best Writing nomination at the renowned RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL in London, England.
Jessica is constantly working on developing new works, with a passion for creating strong and diverse characters for women. She is Co-Founder of Light and Shadow Pictures.
Luísa is a screenwriter from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, currently based in Los Angeles. After graduating Law School in Rio, Luisa pivoted into a career in Film and never looked back. In 2010 she was accepted into NYU/Tisch, and in 2012 obtained her MFA in Dramatic Writing. Since then she has won multiple accolades. Her screenplay Michaela, about an undocumented immigrant in Brazil who escapes life as a drug runner, placed in the top 15% of the Nicholl Fellowship, as well as winning an award of Merit from the Women’s Independent Film Festival, among others. Luisa's first feature-film as a screenwriter, the Brazilian production Before I Forget, premiered in movies across Brazil in May, and is currently in the international festival circuit, having screened in the USA, China, Portugal, France and others. Luisa taught for 3 years at the New York Film Academy, in both the Filmmaking and Screenwriting departments, but recently decided to focus solely on her writing and her family, which includes her two-year old daughter, her husband and two dogs.
MISTY LEIGH McCLURE
Misty McClure is a fantasy and science fiction writer-director. She grew up in Alabama where the VCR was her constant babysitter. She was raised on films like The Sound of Music, Back to the Future, and Rear Window. She attended Troy University as a Broadcast Journalism major. Through persistence and luck, she got an internship on a film set in New Orleans and now has been working in the film industry for the past seven years, mostly as a set production assistant and assistant director. Her experiences run the gamut from tiny horror movies to giant blockbusters to Oscar winning films. After moving to Los Angeles, she began work on crafting her own stories. She has written, directed, and produced short films and presented them at festivals. She is currently working on her next short film and her first feature project.
Originally from Australia, Jackie graduated from the University of Western Sydney with an almost useful degree in Theatre. Jackie has worked as a stand-up comic for all of her adult life and has performed at comedy festivals and clubs around the world. Her solo-show ‘So Much to Celebrate’ was nominated for ‘Best Comedy’ at THE HOLLYWOOD FRINGE.
Jackie was a series regular and writer on the iconic Australian sketch comedy series ‘Full Frontal’. Her first short film ‘Girls At Beach With Mum’ was shortlisted for the prestigious TROP FEST INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL. Her next short ‘Drought’ was selected as a finalist at the MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL. Jackie has written articles for the Australian Jewish News, Prevention Magazine, The Reader’s Digest and Time Out, Sydney. Jackie is in the midst of producing the sketch comedy series ‘The Middle-Agers’ which she also writes, directs, stars in, composes the music for and does very poor catering/craft services for.
Jackie is currently developing two character driven comedy pilots that revolve around intelligent and funny middle-aged women, and for something completely different, a feature drama that addresses the plight of asylum seekers.When not on stage, Jackie plays guitar, eats chocolate and tries to burn calories by being ‘active’ on social media. www.jackieloeb.com
Christine is a writer, producer, and film curator. She served as the Festival Managing Director at the Center for Asian American Media, where she created the Student Delegate Program and wrote the Comcast web series Nice Girls Crew. She taught film at UC Berkeley, and has curated programs for Oddball Film and Archive, the San Jose Museum of Art, and Ladyfest. She now works as a screenwriter and editor in Los Angeles.
Lia Langworthy is a published poet, essayist, TV and film writer as well as an educator. She has published essays in Mutha Magazine, Angel’s Flight Literary West and Writers Resist. She has written for CBS, Showtime, FX, TvOne and ABC. She has appeared in Rogue Theatre’s writers-who-read series Rant & Rave sharing her original stories. She also appeared in Survivors, a Stand Up to Cancer short film shot by Errol Morris. Lia currently teaches TV writing at UCLA Extension while working on NBC’s “The InBetween” which will air in March 2019. Lia is a native Angeleno and has also called Berkeley, Chicago and NYC home. She currently lives in Studio City with her daughter and their two cats. She belongs to the WGA and holds an MFA from UC Riverside.
Since moving to Los Angeles in 2013, Lily has won the ISA (International Screenwriting Association) Fast Track Fellowship, the Vancouver Women in Film Festival Best Screenplay, and advanced in twelve other competitions including the Nicholl Fellowship, the Austin Film Festival, CineStory TV Fellowship, and the Creative World Awards. Prior to this she spent two years in graduate school, obtaining an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU/Tisch, where she received the Charles Pupura Award for excellence. Before embracing her love of writing, Lily worked as a professional actor and theatre director, and taught Theatre Arts at three universities. Currently she runs the Bechdel Babes and works as a script reader, giving analysis for new film and TV projects. Recently Lily was selected as one of the “Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2018."
Read more at www.lilymercerwriter.com