Official Selection Tribeca Film Festival
Official Selection Atlanta Film Festival
Official Selection Florida Film Festival
Official Selection Montclair Film Festival
Official Selection Rooftop Films
Official Selection Woodstock Film Festival
Official Selection Calgary International Film Festival
Winner: Best Comedy Port Townsend Film Festival
Official Selection Charlotte Film Festival
Official Selection San Diego Film Festival
Official Selection Annapolis Film Festival
Official Selection The Martha's Vineyard Film Festival
Brian Tyree Henry
As Charles Young
Emmy and Tony Award nominee Brian Tyree Henry is a versatile actor whose career spans film, television and theater. Henry originated the role of "The General" in the critically acclaimed Broadway musical "The Book of Mormon," for which he received rave reviews. He currently stars alongside Donald Glover in the Golden Globe and Peabody Award winning and Emmy nominated FX series "Atlanta," which has been renewed for a third season. Henry portrays Alfred Miles, Atlanta's hot of the moment rapper who is forced to navigate fame while remaining loyal to family, friends and himself. He has received an Emmy and MTV Movie & TV Award nomination for the role. In 2017, he guest-starred as "Ricky" on NBC's "This Is Us," for which he earned an Emmy nomination. This Spring, Henry returned to Broadway in Kenneth Lonergan's Tony nominated play Lobby Hero. For his role, he received Tony, Drama Desk and Drama League Award nominations. This June, Henry co-starred with Jodie Foster and Sterling K. Brown in the feature film "Hotel Artemis." This Fall, Henry will co-star in four feature films. They include "White Boy Rick" with Matthew McConaughey (September), Steve McQueen's "Widows" opposite Viola Davis (November), Barry Jenkins' "If Beale Street Could Talk" (November) and the animated film "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" (December). Henry is currently in production on "Superintelligence" alongside Melissa McCarthy and "The Woman in the Window" opposite Amy Adams and Gary Oldman. This fall, he will shoot the indie drama "The Outside Story" from writer/director Casimir Nozkowski. Earlier this year, he completed production on the indie comedy "Fam-i-ly" alongside Taylor Schilling and Kate McKinnon and the Blumhouse thriller "Only You" with David Oyelowo. Henry's additional film credits include the indie films "Irreplaceable You," "Puerto Ricans in Paris" and "Crown Heights." On television, he has appeared in numerous shows, including "Drunk History," "How To Get Away With Murder," "Vice Principals," "Boardwalk Empire," "The Knick," "The Good Wife" and "Law & Order." Henry's wide-range of theater credits include The Fortress of Solitude and The Brother/Sister Plays/The Brothers Size (Helen Hayes Best Actor Nomination) at The Public Theatre, as well as Romeo and Juliet and Talk About Race at New York Stage and Film and The Public. A graduate of Atlanta's Morehouse College, Henry received his MFA from Yale's School of Drama. He currently resides in New York.
Sonequa Martin-Green is an American actress and producer. She is best known for her television role as Sasha Williams on The Walking Dead, a role she played from 2012 to 2017. Before that, she had starred in several independent films before gaining her first recurring role as Courtney Wells on The Good Wife. Later, she had recurring roles as Tamara in Once Upon a Time and Rhonda in New Girl. She plays the lead role as Michael Burnham in the television series Star Trek: Discovery. Martin-Green was born in Russellville, Alabama. She has one sister and three older half-sisters. She had initially planned to become a psychologist before deciding to pursue a career in acting when she was in the tenth grade. On her decision to become an actor, she said, "I didn't know I was going to be an actor until I was 16. I thought I was going to be a psychologist, which is interesting because it's very similar to acting. I was fascinated with human behaviour and why people do what they do. I was in the middle of rehearsal in 10th grade when I had this epiphany. And so I got my theatre degree from the University of Alabama." After graduating from the University of Alabama in 2007 with a degree in theatre, she relocated to New York City where she and her husband, Kenric, lived for five years before moving to California. While known primarily for her television roles, Sonequa Martin-Green made her debut in film with various film roles since 2005. In 2009, she played the lead role of Tosha Spinner in Toe to Toe opposite Louisa Krause, the fiercely determined scholarship student who seeks to build a brighter future outside of Anacostia and away from one of Washington's poorest neighborhoods. The film focuses on her friendship and rivalry with Jessie (Louisa Krause), a privileged girl from Bethesda whose promiscuous tendencies threaten to become her undoing. They both strive to gain a better understanding of one another's plight as society threatens to drive them ever farther apart. The film received generally positive reviews, with Martin-Green's performance receiving critical acclaim, even from the film's detractors. Martin-Green has had various guest and recurring roles in TV shows. She made her television debut in 2008, appearing on NBC's Law & Order: Criminal Intent as Kiana Richmond. She then gained her first recurring role on Army Wives as Kanessa Jones the following year. In 2009, she received the role of Courtney Wells on The Good Wife, her first recurring role playing an adult character as opposed to playing a teenager with her previous roles in both film and television. She appeared on the show for two years before making two more appearances in Gossip Girl and NYC 22 in 2011. In 2012, Sonequa Martin-Green was cast in a recurring role on The Walking Dead as Sasha, the sister of Tyreese (Chad Coleman), an original character, exclusive to the television series. Martin-Green auditioned for the role of Michonne albeit with a pseudonym due to the secrecy of the auditioning process. When Danai Gurira, whom Martin-Green said was "the perfect choice", was cast, former showrunner Glen Mazzara still wanted Martin-Green to be a part of the show and decided to create a role specifically for her instead. Martin-Green explained: "[Sasha] was supposed to be a recurring character and as we kept going forward, they picked up my option to be a regular. It's very rare and I'm still quite dumbfounded about it but Glen and I hit it off and I still appreciate him. He wanted to work with me and wrote Sasha for me." She was promoted to a series regular for season 4 with Emily Kinney and Coleman. After auditioning for the role of Michonne, she read the first three volumes of the graphic novels in preparation for the television series. Knowing they were different, she chose not to continue reading the comic book series to avoid being aware of future storylines that may occur on the television series. Martin-Green's performance as Sasha, particularly in the fifth season and seventh season, has received favorable reviews. After filming for the third season of The Walking Dead ended, Martin-Green was cast in the second season of Once Upon a Time playing the recurring role of Tamara, a woman determined to rid the world of magic. She returned briefly in the third season before returning to her regular role as Sasha on The Walking Dead. As of the first episode of sixth season, Martin-Green's name appears in the opening credits. In December 2016, her role as the lead actor of Star Trek: Discovery as a lieutenant commander of the USS Discovery was made public. She debuted as First Officer Michael Burnham in "The Vulcan Hello" on September 24, 2017. Martin-Green has been married to fellow actor Kenric Green since December 4, 2010. They met while acting together in the play, Fetch Clay, Make Man, at the McCarter Theater in Princeton, New Jersey. In 2015, in Los Angeles, Martin-Green gave birth to a boy named Kenric Justin Green II after his father. Martin-Green was pregnant during filming of the fifth season of The Walking Dead, which she covered up using thick layers and using larger guns. She and her husband are vegans. Since April 2016, she has been an ambassador for Stand Up to Cancer, encouraging clinical trials, having a three-time cancer surviving mother and a sister with breast cancer.
Sunita Mani is an actress, dancer, and comedian most commonly recognized for her gyrations in the viral music video "Turn Down for What" (dir. The Daniels) and as part of the Cocoon Central Dance Team. She also appears in "Don't Think Twice" as Amy, "Mr. Robot" as Trenton, and in the Netflix original series, G.L.O.W as Arthie. Sunita has also guest starred on network television shows including "Broad City" on Comedy Central, Search Party on TBS, and The Good Place on NBC.
Asia Kate Dillon
They are known for playing Brandy Epps in Orange Is the New Black (2013) and Taylor Mason in Billions (2016). Their role on Billions is the first gender non-binary character shown on American television. Dillon is non-binary and uses singular they pronouns. Dillon is also the founder and producing director of MIRROR/FIRE Productions.
Michael Cyril Creighton
Michael Cyril Creighton is an actor and writer, known for Spotlight (2015), High Maintenance (2012) and Horace and Pete (2016). He won a 2013 Writers Guild of America Award for Outstanding Achievement in Original New Media for his web series Jack in a Box (2009), a category he was also nominated for in 2012. He grew up on Long Island, NY and attended Emerson College in Boston
Nadia Bowers is an American actress who earned her B.A in Sociology and French from Dartmouth College in 1995 and her M.F.A from NYU's Graduate Acting Program at the Tisch School of the Arts. She has crafted a career on Broadway, off Broadway, at prestigious regional theaters, and in TV and film. Her range as an actress has taken her from post-war Bosnia all the way to Shakespeare's clowns.
Founder and co-Artistic Director of The Debate Society. Writing (all with Hannah Bos): the plays of The Debate Society. “Mozart in the Jungle” (Amazon), “High Maintenance” (HBO),Landlines (Keen Teens). Acting: The Debate Society: Jacuzzi, Blood Play (Obie Award), Buddy Cop 2, You’re Welcome, Cape Disappointment, The Eaten Heart, The Snow Hen, A Thought About Raya. Off-Broadway: Uncle Vanya (Soho Rep.), 41-derful (Clubbed Thumb), Core Values (Ars Nova). Regional: The Description of the World (Theatre de la Jeune Lune). TV: “High Maintenance” (HBO), “The Late Show with David Letterman.” Sundance Institute Fellow, faculty member of National Theater Institute. BA, Vassar College.
As Calvin (Delivery Guy)
Carlos is a popular New York alternative comic. He usually appears as a VH1 talking head and has been in a string of commercials this year for AOL, Pepsi, and the Washington Post. He's known for his signature glasses, unique hair, and preppy Black shtick. Was recently nominated as Best Male Comic of the Year by ECNY (Emerging Comedians of New York).
Casimir Nozkowski is an award-winning filmmaker whose work has been featured on The Tonight Show, NBC, MSNBC, PBS, AMC, IFC, and NPR, written about in the New York Times and shown at The Museum of Modern Art. He has made over 100 short films, co-founded and directs the "Internets Celebrities" - an injustice-exposing non-fiction group (whose 13-episode docu-series "Food Warriors" can be found at thefoodwarriors) - and sits on the Rooftop Films board of directors. He wrote and produced the first ever trailer for the TV series "Mad Men" and the final trailer for "Breaking Bad," and launched lots of their campaigns in-between. Films he's directed and/or edited have premiered at the film festivals Sundance, Tribeca, Telluride, SXSW, San Diego Comic Con, Woodstock and Hot Docs. Recent work includes writing and directing the short films "IDAC" (2016 Hot Docs Premiere, 2017 Vimeo Staff Pick) and "Don't' Freak Out" (will premiere in 2019) and editing the ESPN documentary "The Shining Star of Losers Everywhere" (2016 Sundance Film Festival Premiere).
Frank Hall Green
Frank Hall Green is a writer/director and producer and partner at Catch & Release Films. Along with partner and producer Tom Heller (Foxcatcher, Precious, 127 Hours, Mud), Catch & Release is producing the adaptation of Boy21 by Matthew Quick (Silver Linings Playbook) to be directed by Lasse Hallstrom (Whats Eating Gilbert Grape, Cider House Rules). Frank's award-winning directorial debut feature Wildlike (2015) has been invited to over 75 film festivals and has won 16 Best Film awards. It comes to theaters in 2015. It was produced by Christine Vachon/Killer Films, Tandem Pictures (Sleepwalker) and Joseph Stephans. Filmed on 35mm in Alaska, it stars Ella Purnell, Bruce Greenwood, Brian Geraghty, Nolan Gerard Funk and Ann Dowd. Frank is also a producer on Remittance, the sophomoric feature of writing/directing team Joel Fendelman and Patrick Daly. Recently, he produced Ghetto Klown for HBO, the award-winning one-man show of John Leguizamo. He was a producer on Allegiance and 1-900-Tonight starring John Turturro based on the film by Theo Van Gogh among many other features and shorts. Frank cut his teeth producing and directing far too many short films and has an MBA from NYU's Tisch School of Film & Television. Before NYU's Graduate Film Program, Frank worked in Venture Capital and emerging technology. From Atlanta, he is also an alumnus of NYU's Gallatin School, an avid backpacker and a member of MENSA.
Brian Newman, founder of Sub-Genre, consults on content development, financing, distribution and marketing to help connect brands and filmmakers with audiences. Clients include: Patagonia, REI, Keen, Yeti Coolers, New York Times, Sonos, Sundance, Vulcan Productions and Zero Point Zero. Brian is also the producer of the The Heist (doc), The Wild (doc), The Outside Story (narrative), and Love & Taxes; (narrative); and executive producer of Shored Up, The Invisible World (docs) and Remittance (narrative). Brian has served as CEO of the Tribeca Film Institute, president of Renew Media (known for the Rockefeller Fellowships) and executive director of Image Film & Video (producers of the Atlanta Film Festival). Brian serves on the advisory board of the Camden International Film Festival. He has served on the boards of Grantmakers in Film & Electronic Media (GFEM, now Media Impact Funders, as Vice Chair and Treasurer); Muse Film & Television, Rooftop Films (Chair) and IndieCollect (Co-Founding Board Member). Brian is a frequent keynote speaker on branded content and the future of film and new media, and writes a popular weekly newsletter on these subjects. He was born in North Carolina and has an MA in Film Studies from Emory University.
Joseph Stephans began his career during New York’s independent film wave of the 90's and has worked on over 30 films along with dozens of TV shows and commercials. In a variety of environments, ranging from the Virgin Islands to Alaska and whether it is the ultra low budget (Girls Town), the mid-budget (Requiem For A Dream) or the colossal budget (The Good Shepherd), Joe has been helping filmmakers achieve their vision for twenty years. Joe is the Producer of the critically acclaimed feature (Wildlike) and is currently in development on a handful of independent films. He lives with his wife and two kids in Brooklyn where he occasionally still laces up the skates and plays the guitar, though never at the same time.
1st Assistant Director
Laura Klein has worked has an assistant director for independent films for many years. Some of her recent work includes Justin Chon's upcoming BLUE BAYOU, the Sundance 2020 film SHIRLEY by Josephine Decker and the Sundance 2018 films WE THE ANIMALS by Jeremiah Zagar, MONSTERS & MEN by Reinaldo Green, NIGHT COMES ON by Jordana Spiro and NANCY by Christina Choe starring Steve Buscemi. Additional credits as an assistant director include HANNAH by Andrea Pallaoro starring Charlotte Rampling (Venice), STRANGE WEATHER by Katherine Dieckmann starring Holly Hunter (Toronto) and I SMILE BACK by Adam Salky starring Sarah Silverman (Sundance). As a producer, her work includes THOU WAST MILD & LOVELY by Josephine Decker (Berlinale) and HENRY GAMBLE'S BIRTHDAY PARTY by Stephen Cone (Maryland). She seeks to work on projects that challenge the viewer while also connecting us in our humanity.
Estee Braverman is the type of person that will reupholster the headliner of a car in a Hawaiian motif just so that driving will feel like going on vacation. Character, Mood, Setting, these are the things that inspire her most. A visual creature by nature and a film lover from birth, her path to cinema was always clear. Wanting an extensive understanding of the elements of storytelling, she earned a BFA in filmmaking with an emphasis on directing, and has written a number of highly researched screenplays. This background has given her unique tools as a production designer to inject depth and meaning into her sets, visually translating narrative into a cinematic experience. From script to palette to a character’s whole world she strives to make the director’s imagination a reality. Estee enjoys collaborating and learning from unique people and experts in their fields and is always in pursuit of the next big challenge. A few fun facts: Estee served as a canine trainer in the Israeli Air Force, has travelled to over 20 countries, is a jazz enthusiast and an intermediate swing dancer. She currently resides in NYC with her husband, a psychologist addicted to jokes and Ellington, a border collie with a phobia of livestock. Known for You’re not Alone, Aviva, and Cat Fight.
A Casting Director with extensive credits in both Film and TV from three markets: San Francisco, Los Angeles and her current home base, New York City. Stephanie’s multiple film credits include three that premiered at Sundance 2016: Meera Menon’s EQUITY, Antonio Campos’ CHRISTINE and THE EYES OF MY MOTHER for Nicolas Pesce. Past credits include Daniel Schechter’s LIFE OF CRIME, Liz Garcia’s THE LIFEGUARD (Sundance Dramatic Competition 2013), Onur Tukel’s APPLESAUCE and THE HAPPENING for M Night Shyamalan. Future releases will include GHOST TEAM, RATTER, DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA (TriBeca 2016), GEEZER (TriBeca 2016) ABOUT RAY, AVA'S POSSESSIONS, THE ABANDONED, JANE WANTS A BOYFRIEND and YOUTH IN OREGON (TrBeca 2016), for which she covered NY Casting. Stephanie was on the casting team for The Life Aquatic, We Own The Night, The Squid and The Whale, Margot at the Wedding, Margaret, The Village and Lady In the Water. A member of the Casting Society of America, Stephanie previously received an Artios Award for her participation in the successful effort to unionize Casting Directors.
Ben Altarescu is a NY based writer/director/producer and the co-founder of Bows & Arrows. His films have screened at Sundance, SXSW and Tribeca, among other festivals around the country. His work has also been chosen for Vimeo Staff Picks and featured on Short of the Week. Ben has directed commercials and branded content for Armani, The New York Times, Spotify, Reebok, GQ, Condé Nast Traveler, Wired and Bon Appétit. He currently has several projects in development, including a narrative feature and a documentary TV series.
Josh Chertoff is an award-winning director/ producer and co-founder of Bows & Arrows, a Brooklyn-based production company. His films have screened across the country and internationally at festivals including SXSW, Tribeca, and Slamdance. His work has been featured on Vimeo Staff picks and Short of The Week and in National Geographic and Victory Journal, among other publications. Josh has directed and produced numerous music videos as well as commercials and branded content for clients such as The New York Times, BBC, Spotify, Vox, Alfa Romeo, Adobe, Reebok, and Condé Nast Traveler. He is currently in development on several feature films and a documentary television series.
As a twelve-year-old, I watched Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom, not taking my eyes off the screen for a second. Convinced it was the finest film ever made (I was twelve), I watched ’the making of,’ and marveled at the matte painters painstakingly draw Indy frame by frame over the rope bridge. It looked impossibly arduous. I had found my calling. I have been incredibly fortunate to work in production and post around the world for the past eighteen years, learning still every day. My experience includes editing and finishing for features, shows, promos, and commercials, for clients such as HBO, Netflix, AMC, Discovery, National Geographic, Christian Dior, Capitol One, Girl Scouts of America and many others. I have had the honor of working with extraordinary directors like And Lee, James Franco, Tim Blake Nelson, Jehane Noujaim and most recently as associate editor along side Joel and Ethan Coen on their feature film The Ballad of Buster Scruggs I have worked through every stage of creating film, and have produced and directed shows across five continents. My understanding of the post pipeline spans from offline editorial and crafting a story, to color, finishing and delivery. This versatility allows me to jump into a process where I’m needed, and has afforded me the perspective to continually strengthen and hone my skills. My ideal project is one where I’m surrounded by people that are smarter than me; I like to learn. My ideal role is among friends and mentors—individuals who are equally passionate and dedicated to film.