Director’s BIO: Lisa Baron (HEDDA NEEDS HELP)

Short Film playing at the November 2017 FEMALE FEEDBACK Film Festival

Director Biography

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Lisa Baron pursued film in NYC after receiving a Masters Degree focusing on Spanish Cinema and has since made her directing debut in 2016, directing a Pilot, Guccies and her first comedic short film, Hedda Needs Help co-written with Malin Barr. Lisa started as a comedic actress and improviser, studying at Anthony Meindl’s Actor Workshop and Upright Citizens Brigade. After focusing on sketch comedy for 4 years, Lisa wanted to pursue more structured narratives that still have traditional sketch-comedy back-bones, which we find in Hedda Needs Help. She also works in Admissions for a prestigious performing arts conservatory based in Manhattan and Los Angeles.

Director Statement

Hedda Needs Help focuses on Hedda, an aspiring poet in New York City that has an opportunity to get her foot in the door with a well-known poet and publisher, Mr. Albert Stein. With this short film, we wanted to create a protagonist that shows the sense of naivety and child-like optimism in many young artists when moving to the Big Apple. As she literally kills her one chance to impress Albert Stein, we watch her go through the film without any real consequences, trying to embody stereotypes placed on women, and failing time and time again.

Similar to the film industry that co-writer, Malin Barr and myself, find ourselves constantly, Hedda is a character in the center of a male-dominated world. “Fake it until you make it” has a whole new meaning in this film, while Hedda tries to fit into female archetypes that never work for her.

It was incredibly important for us to maintain strong sketch comedy style throughout the short film format, which can often have abstract narratives and dialogue. Therefore, in addition to the amazing improvisor, co-writer and actor, Malin Barr, we casted our film with hilarious comedic actors such as Nick Fondulis (30 Rock), David Gibson (Quantico) and comedian, Saurin Choksi (FuseTV). We hope this film can reflect underlying themes about young ambition and female sexuality in a light-hearted and quirky way.

Director’s BIO: Holly Voges

Short Film playing at the November 2017 FEMALE FEEDBACK Film Festival

Director Biography

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Holly worked as a programmer and liaison for various film festivals around the country including: True/False, Sundance, Tribeca and Rooftop. Prior to this she experimented with stop- motion animation and collaborated with VR artist, Oscar Raby, on a short documentary. In 2016 Holly, along with her creative partners, purchased the rights to the novel “The Changeling”, by Joy Williams. FELL is an adapted excerpt from the novel and her directorial debut. Originally from Missouri, Holly currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Director Statement

FELL is based on one paragraph within Joy Williams’ novel “The Changeling” but to me, this small paragraph carries great weight. A woman discovers the pups her dog has birthed posses incomprehensible powers; they can change from animal to human form. Preferring the children over the dogs, she does what she believes will make it impossible for them to change to back to their animal-selves. Only later, when it is too late, does she begin to understand the tenuous grasp she had over their magic. My intention in creating FELL is to illustrate and speak to the prevailing illusion throughout human consciousness that the natural world exists for our interests alone. Like the fables of the past, this cautionary tale aims to entertain while illuminating aspects of the self and society that require reflection.

 

Director BIO: Jana Stackhouse

Played at the FEMALE FEEDBACK Film Festival on Thursday August 24, 2017

Director Biography

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Jana Stackhouse grew up on the East Coast of Canada, where she was an award-winning dancer and choreographer. Her passion for storytelling brought her to Toronto, and the city’s diverse art scene introduced her to the outlet of filmmaking. As a director, Jana’s films have been selected, screened, and have won awards in various film festivals including: Canada Independent Film Festival, Los Angeles CineFest, Toronto Short Film Festival, SilverWave Film Festival, Toronto Indie Doc Fest, and the Croydon Film Festival in England. Her documentary “The Art of Drag” was selected as a semifinalist in the TVO Short Doc Contest, and broadcast on television this year. With a focus on directing, Jana has earned a BFA in Film at Ryerson University. Jana’s film, “Away Home”, which she wrote and directed, stars Billy MacLellan (Bellevue, Maudie), Peter MacNeill (This Life, A History of Violence), and Raven Stewart (The Expanse, Fargo). Jana’s latest project is a web series for CBC, which will be released this summer.

Director BIO: Jesse May Fisher

Played at the FEMALE FEEDBACK Film Festival on Thursday August 24, 2017

Director Biography

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Jesse grew up in Ireland before to moving to London to study photography at London College of Communication. She graduated as of June 2016 and currently lives and works in London. We Were Swimming is her first short narrative film.

Director Statement

Inspired by personal conversations and shared biographies that recalled the strange and overwhelming world of teenage friendship, I began exploring the vital and under-represented intricacies of girlhood. I became intrigued by these universal observations that seemed gender specific. The ominous, ambiguous, erotic and aggressively pretty nature of the visuals attempts to disorient the preconceived notions of girlhood and femininity, which are further subverted by the constant use of the colour blue. We Were Swimming is a reaction to the image of girl within a social context. Beauty rituals aid the cultural construction of femininity and for this reason can become oppressor to both girls and women. Washing and brushing long, thick hair, skin care application, actions that are, at first glance, nurturing evolve into something with a sinister significance. We Were Swimming abandons the sweet scents of girlhood to make room for a multifaceted, obscure and essential relationship. The highly aestheticized visuals coincide with a bleak voice over to create an oppositional effect; an archetype of purity and innocence with secrets, desires and darkness. Through the female gaze a coded language between young women is acknowledged.

Director BIO: Molly Maguire

Played at the FEMALE FEEDBACK Film Festival on Thursday August 24, 2017

Director Biography

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Molly Maguire is a New York based Artist/Filmmaker working as a Production/Costume Designer and a freelance Wardrobe Stylist. She is the founder of Mammy Desgins, a sustainable wallets line based out of Brooklyn. After graduating with honors from Maryland Institute of Art, with a BFA in Painting and Video Art Molly headed to NYC. For over ten years she worked on many creative projects from films, gallery shows, fashion, production design, wardrobe styling and costuming. With emphasis in theatre, commercial, film, print and fashion consulting. Another passion is writing and directing. She currently splits her time between NYC and Nashville while raising a family and working.

Director Statement

The Session was created by my sister and myself after having had many conversations about the notion that women are not funny. To help dispel this notion we created a film that showcases funny women.
This film is also special to me because while directing the film I was pregnant with my first daughter, I have since had a second daughter. It is important to me that they are brought up in a world surrounded by strong, funny, compassionate women and men. In a world that views both sexes as funny and equal. This film has been a way for me to contribute to that world.