Women in Film, Meet the Team Behind Drama-Comedy Short, Daughters of Solanas (Part 3)

Here is the 3rd and final installment of Behind the Scenes – Meet the Team from Daughters of Solanas.   If you missed the last post, check it out by clicking here.  You can also visit the Instagram and Facebook pages.  Be on the lookout for upcoming posts to Meet the Team Behind Female-Centric Docuseries, To Each, Her Throne produced by BibbyFame Digital, LLC’s own Briana M. Andrews.

Angele Cooper, Director – Daughters of Solanas.

Angele Cooper is the Director of Daughters of Solanas. Angele is the co-founder of Alpha Female Films and the only African American female union electrician working within IATSE’s New York Local 52. She stays abreast of the latest technology and tools and has played many roles from Gaffer to Best Boy. She developed a love for film and writing while attending the University of Texas at Austin on a full athletic scholarship. Her recent credits include Gotham (Fox), Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party, and Day 5 (Rooster Teeth).

Jennifer Liu, First Camera Assistant – Photo by Briana M. Andrews April 6, 2019

Jennifer Liu is the 1st AC for Daughters of Solanas. Born and raised in Queens, NY, Jennifer got her start by teaching Photography.  She was trained on 16mm and DP’ed her first film at 16.  She is also a talented gaffer, 1st and 2nd AC.  She has DP’ed over a half dozen projects as half of the Take Two XX Duo.  You can learn more about Jennifer by visiting www.TakeTwoXX.com

Mayunah Kelly, 2nd AC – Daughters of Solanas

Mayunah Kelly is the 2nd AC for Daughters of Solanas. She is an aspiring DP from Orange, NJ who freelances as a photographer. She is also a graduating senior at Montclair State University. She grew up in Orange, NJ. Few fun facts at Mayunah: She hates cheese but loves pizza.

Asha Smith, Make Up – Daughters of Solanas.

Asha Smith is the MUA who handled Make Up for Daughters of Solanas.  Her experience is so extensive, it’s difficult for her to summarize, however … you can visit her website, www.facesbyasha.com for a comprehensive overview containing bio, reel and portfolio. Fun fact about Asha: She has hardcore aerial hobbies: Lyra, Fabrics, Pole.

Briana Andrews, BTS Photo / Video & Socials – Daughters of Solanas

Briana M. Andrews handles BTS Photo / Video and Social Media for the Daughters of Solanas.  The owner of BibbyFame Digital, LLC, Briana freelances in photography, videography and editing. She also works as a studio photographer in a retail setting and is a graduating senior at Rowan University. Fun fact about Briana: She loves sushi and tacos.

Upcoming Events for Women in Film (Festivals) – NY & PA

Be sure to check out these upcoming events in the New York City and Philadelphia area.  Established and aspiring female filmmakers alike can benefit from these opportunities to network, learn, engage and support fellow women in television and film.       

#WeWatch by Harlem Film House

Date: Thursday, April 25, 2019 – 6:30 PM

Location: National Black Theater Inc. – 2031 5th Avenue – Floor 3R, New York, NY 10035

The Harlem Film House Inc is a 501(c)(3) organization holding an event where donations are used to help fund and provide resources for independent filmmakers.  This organization is known for operating year-round workshops and offering consulting to filmmakers and content creators in underserved communities.

Sisters in Film & Television [SIFT]

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 – 5:00 PM

Location: HipCinema Labs @ Mt. Airy Nexus – 520 Carpenter Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19119

Check out this collaborative fundraiser to spark investment in local Black Women in film.  This event supports the works of 3 female filmmakers in Philadelphia, PA. The goal of Sisters in Film & Television [SIFT] is to “amplify the work of and create opportunities for Black Women content creators.”

Daughters of Solanas Film Screened at Museum of Moving Image

Briana M. Andrews at George’s Kaufman Astoria Studios after the screening of Daughter’s of Solanas at the Museum of Moving Image

I had an incredible time working on Daughters of Solanas with the talented Team Banks cast and crew for the Women’s Weekend Film Challenge. Creating a film with a diverse group of women in each role above-the-line and below-the-line was something on my filmmaker bucket list for quite some time.

Our dramedy-short film premiered at the Museum of Moving Image in Astoria, New York on Thursday, April 18, 2019 with an after-party at George’s at Kaufman Astoria Studios. I’m proud of our work and can’t wait for the festival submissions to see this project really take flight. I’m Producer for To Each, Her Throne which is another project with an all-female cast and crew, slated for shoot next weekend.

Increasing diversity in storytelling, inclusion and representation in TV/Film are causes near and dear to my heart, and also a major part of our mission here at BibbyFame Digital, LLC. I am grateful for having the opportunity to work with so many skilled and experienced women in the industry.

Women in Film, Meet the Team Behind Drama-Comedy Short, Daughters of Solanas (Part 2)

From a historical perspective, are you familiar with Valerie Solanas?  She is widely known as the radical feminist behind the SCUM Manifesto.  There is an American Horror Story on Solanas where her beliefs and the infamous shooting of Andy Warhol are detailed.  While she denied SCUM being an acronym, it was referred to as the “Society for Cutting Up Men.”

Daughters of Solanas is a short, dramedy film about a group of friends who innocently become followers in a cult. It isn’t long before things get out of their control. The film, created as part of the Women’s Weekend Film Challenge is screening tonight at the Museum of Moving Image in New York. Here is the Part II of the blog post containing profiles and some fun facts about some of the women involved in the creation of the film. Click here for Part 1.  You can also visit the Instagram and Facebook pages.

Team Banks, Cast and Crew of Female Filmmakers for Daughters of Solanas – Women’s Weekend Film Challenge. Photo by Briana M. Andrews April 6, 2019.
Jodi Savitz, DP/Cinematographer – Daughters of Solanas

Jodi Savitz is the DP/Cinematographer for the Daughters of Solanas. She is a director and cinematographer based in New York City who specializes in documentary, narrative and branded content. A graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Communications, she started her career as an actress before transitioning into filmmaking. Her feature documentary, GIRL ON GIRL, received viral attention for its coverage of the LGBTQ community.  Jodi currently works with NBC Left Field as a cinematographer and investigative video journalist. Learn more by visiting her website: www.jodisavitz.com

Casey Killoran, Assistant Director – Daughters of Solanas

Casey Killoran is the Assistant Director for Daughters of Solanas.  She is a television, film and stage actress and filmmaker. Casey received her MFA from NYU Tisch Graduate Acting Program where she became known for her ballsy portrayals and nuanced performances. Her film and TV credits include Shades of Blue (NBC), Sex in the City (HBO), The Zebra Room (Reinaldo Marcus Green), and her first self-produced feature film Viral Beauty. She also completed, Let Me Leave, a short film about regretting motherhood, co-staring Marc Menchaca (Ozark).

Lillie McDonough, Composer, Daughters of Solanas

Lillie McDonough is the Composer for the Daughters of Solanas. She works as a composer on indie films and games. She is also an adjunct professor at NYU. Fun fact about Lillie: Her dad was an astrologer when she was growing up.

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Katie Dickinson, Production Assistant – Daughters of Solanas.

Katie Dickinson is the Production Assistant for Daughters of Solanas. She is the co-artistic director of APT Theater, and also an actor and playwright branching into film. She has a web-series playing 80’s Shelley Duvall as if she had a never-aired cooking show.

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Chantel Simpson, Writer – Daughters of Solanas

Chantel Simpson is a Writer for Daughters of Solanas. She is a writer and documentary director / producer from Brooklyn, NY. You can learn more by visiting her website: www.thelenswoman.com

Daughters of Solanas: Dramedy Short – Women’s Weekend Filmmaker Challenge

Daughters of Solanas, Film Graphic – designed by Rachel Fischman of Planet Papaya

Creating the dramedy, Daughters of Solonas was an incredible experience and I’m excited about our screening next week at the Museum of Moving Image in Astoria, NY.  One of the items on my filmmaker bucket list was to work on a film with an all-female cast and crew.  This month, I will have the opportunity to complete that, twice over.  The Women’s Weekend Film Challenge bought together women from all walks of life … different races, different socio-economic statuses, different religions, different education levels … complete strangers, all coming together with the common objective of creating a short, in a really short period of time.  The footage looks amazing, the film was submitted, the screening is next week and at a later date, the festival submission activities will commence.

Personally, I would like to thank Tracy Sayre and Katrina Medoff for their work organizing the Women’s Weekend Film Challenge, and for all of their efforts for women in film.  They emphasize how much representation and diversity matter.  These are causes that are obviously very close to my heart.  Some of the challenge sponsors include RED cameras, Gotham Sound, IDX, Zeiss Lenses, AbelCine Brooklyn Lighting and Grip, Lightbulb Grip and Electric and Below the Line. 

I handled BTS photo / video on this project.  I also created and manage the socials. Check out and follow @DaughtersofSolanas on Instagram and Facebook.  A photo-story BTS montage can be found below.  I’ll be sharing some video of the crew (Team Banks) in action in the near future, stay tuned.

60-second social-video containing behind-the-scenes stills photography montage for Daughters of Solanas by Briana M. Andrews

Women in Film, Meet the Team Behind Drama-Comedy Short, Daughters of Solanas (Part 1)

Elizabeth Banks – Industry Producer, Actor, Director

For the Women’s Weekend Film Challenge, Team Banks was named after the Elizabeth Banks. A long-time supporter of female-centric storytelling, she is largely known for her starring roles as Effie Trinket in The Hunger Games and Gail Abernathy-McKadden in the Pitch Perfect Film series. She is also a producer behind the Hulu series, Shrill and co founder of WhoHaha which spotlights women in comedy.

Cast Actresses – Daughters of Solanas. Actresses Rebbekah Vega-Romero, McKenzie Mayle and Malinda Logan – Photo by Briana M. Andrews April 6, 2019

Here are the profiles and some fun facts about some of the women involved in the creation of the film. You can also visit the Instagram and Facebook pages.

Shanna Riker, Associate Producer Daughters of Solanas

Shanna Riker is the ASSOCIATE PRODUCER for the film. Shanna is a writer, producer and director from Brooklyn, NY. Her first feature, Unfinished Works is currently in post-production. Fun fact about Shanna: Her first acting role was the icicle in a kindergarten Christmas pageant.

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Liana Edward, Boom Operator Daughters of Solanas

Liana Edward is the BOOM OPERATOR for the film. Liana is a master of many: a creative director with photography, film producing and writing talents. You can check her out at www.behance.net/invisionaryimagery

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Jayde Kim, Editor – Daughters of Solanas

Jayde Kim is the EDITOR for the film. Jayde worked as a film / video editor for many years. Fun fact about Jayde, she enjoys watching horror movies before she goes to sleep.

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Rachel Fischman, Assistant Editor – Daughters of Solanas

Rachel Fischman is the ASSISTANT EDITOR for the film. Rachel is a sophomore at Hunter College in New York studying Film and Media Production. She is a graphic designer on Planet Papaya as well as a theatrical Technical Director. Netflix’s Explained and Heathers fully encompasses her TV and movie habits.

Upcoming Events for Women in Film (Festivals) – NYC

Events for Women in Film NYC

I’d like to pass along information on a few upcoming events in the New York City area.  Established and aspiring female filmmakers alike can benefit from these events.  Check these events out for opportunities to network, learn and support fellow women in TV and film. 

Women’s Film Festival
Thursday – Saturday, April 4-6th 2019 (FREE)
St. Francis College – Brooklyn, NY

Banner for St. Francis College Women’s Festival in Brooklyn, NY

This program has shown continuous commitment to emerging and established women in film.  Their stated goal is to “create a bridge between female college filmmakers and professional female filmmakers which will encourage collaboration, cooperation and coordination.”

2019 Bowery Film Festival – The Female Gaze
Friday, April 12th 2019 – 7-9pm
DC-TV 87 Lafayette Street – New York, NY

This program will highlight works by female filmmakers, including short-films, experimental works and web-series.

Imagine This! Girl Power Film + Media Summit – Attendee Reflection

Briana M. Andrews attends Girl Power Film + Media Summit in New York in March 23, 2019.

This past weekend I attended the Girl Power Film + Media Summit and Showcase in New York.  This event was presented by Imagine This Productions (creators of the Women’s International Film Festival).  I had a phenomenal time, and I am still working my way through the goodie bag containing Cinema Femme Magazine, Eden BodyWorks, Good! Snacks, Ursa Major 4-in-1, Curls liquid hair growth vitamins and more.  I love freebies! 

As a small business owner who actively freelances, I’ll admit, getting my P’s and Q’s together from a business standpoint was definitely a work in progress. I am a creator, and at least initially, my focus was primarily on doing what I love … creating! I spent countless hours developing my craft, writing screenplays, filming, editing etc. However, the same level of dedication wasn’t replicated from a financial perspective. It is no secret that many filmmakers struggle to monetize their projects. Many never quite make it out of the red. I am happy to reach a stage where I can actively book freelance projects and assist companies with telling their stories. However, that is only a start! I wasn’t quite as diligent as I should have been with invoicing, retaining receipts, tracking mileage etc. From a tax standpoint, I am almost certain I left money on the table. Nonetheless, I was eager to soak information up like a sponge at the summit and implement findings with my own practice.

Panel 1: The Female Gaze – Cinematographers’ Talk included a lineup of accomplished ladies of the lens.  The overarching theme was that these ladies don’t wish to be an anomaly.  They desire increased integration so it’s not a shock when they are on set, let alone behind the camera.  All of the panelist emphasized the importance of networking, as fostering relationships can work wonders for your career, and you will learn more in the field than you will ever learn in a classroom.

Summit Attendee Pass, Branded Materials and Goodie Bag from the #GirlPowerSummit

Discussion included female representation in film, and offered insights into their creative processes.  Some of the panel members started out with Canon 7D, Bolex or Super 8 cameras.  There was dialogue about affluent students at some of the nation’s most revered film programs having access to state-of-the-art equipment, and not experiencing challenges securing funding to shoot their student films. Isabella Tan, founder of Rebel Motion attended NYU.  She stated, “Some people are privileged and have funding for great equipment, don’t get discouraged.” A poignant response statement from Valentina Caniglia, Director & Cinematographer of “Gypsy” and “The Stand” is “a great camera can still produce a bad product.” 

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • Camera doesn’t matter! It is about the cinematographer who tells the camera what to do.
  • Emphasis should be placed on THE STORY and DRIVING THE NARRATIVE, LENS SELECTION, LIGHTING and TONE.
  • Ultimately, the director and overall collaboration are greater project contributors than equipment.

The Distribution Down Low with Christina Raia from Seed & Spark was particularly informative.  Christina is a Crowdfunding Director who successfully led several campaigns.  Distribution is usually a confusing topic for independent creators, so it was wonderful to have her break it down with tips and tricks, and an explanation of the economics for every aspect from VOD to theatrical.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • Understand the importance of DATA TRANSPARENCY.  Raia stated, “They don’t want to share the info because it gives power to the creators.”
  • DON’T COMMIT to only one revenue source.
  • Explore niche markets and innovative ideas to reach your audience.  TAKE RISKS with your independent film.

This was my first time attending an event held by and geared towards women in film and media. This blog post barely grazes the surface with topics discussed. Overall, the atmosphere was amazing and definitely female-centric! I’d like to thank Susie and Patrice, the organizers and everyone else involved with bringing this event together. I am also extremely grateful for the guest-list addition (as the tickets were $95 otherwise). The Girl Power Film + Media Summit & Showcase was worth much more than the ticket price. The value of the knowledge I walked away with far exceeded the associated cost.

New York City Based Female Filmmakers, Upcoming Events – Women’s History Month

There are several upcoming events in the New York City area that should be on the radar for all established and aspiring female filmmakers.  These events offer an excellent opportunity to network, learn and support fellow women in TV and film.  From festivals and conferences, to funding panels, round-tables and screenings – these are events you don’t want to miss!

On Sunday, March 17, 2019 at MOMA PS2, the inaugural Black Women Film Conference co-organized by The New Negress Film Society will take place. This is a treat, particularly for Black / African-American female filmmakers because this community-building event will feature an exchange of filmmaking strategies and offer a space for our voices and experiences.

Next up, on Thursday March 21, 2019, the NYC Women Filmmakers (NYCWF) will hold a Creative Financing Panel at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts.  This is another opportunity for knowledge exchange, collaboration, resource sharing and support for female filmmakers.  This event is particularly useful for budgeting and learning strategies to fund your next project.

On Saturday March 23, 2019, the Girl Power Film + Media Summit curated by Imagine This Productions offers a day of discussions, panels, film screenings, workshops, and a dinner party.  This event celebrates Women’s History Month, and also serves as an inspirational launchpad for the future of women in the film and television industries.

International Women’s Day and Women In Film 2019

I’d like to start off by wishing all of our female readers a Happy Women’s Day / International Women’s Day!

You may ask, what is the specific correlation between Women’s Day and Female Filmmakers? However, there is much to celebrate, and 2019 has been a great year thus far for women in film above the line and below the line.

To name a few examples, this year was historic with a record number of women winning Oscars. Also, for the first time in history, each of the major movie studios have at least one female-directed movie slated for release this year. Many are stepping up to the plate with the 4 Percent Challenge and we’ve seen both France and the City of New York issue grants or subsidies to female filmmakers.

There were notable milestones and I am excited for what’s in-store.  As women, we need to continue to find our own voices. We also need to push to control both the narrative and our portrayal in film.