PRISCILLA ANANY - DIRECTOR
Priscilla Anany was born in Ghana and migrated to the U.S. She studied Fine Arts at the University of North Carolina’s School of Arts’ School of Filmmaking and obtained her Master’s degree in Communications from New York University.
Priscilla's debut feature film, “Children of the Mountain”, premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, where she went on to earn the jury award for Best New Director. "Children of the Mountain" was distributed by Candy Factory Films and is available on Amazon and iTunes.
Priscilla is an advocate of women’s empowerment and likes to tell stories about women and their strengths.
CLAIRE MCCLANAHAN, WRITER / PRODUCER / "LAUREN"
Claire's work as a writer and producer has been honored at the Telly, Gracie Allen and New England Emmy Awards, and screened at the LA Shorts and Arizona Film Festivals.
She wrote, produced and starred in Simpatico the Web series, an interactive show in which the audience determined plot outcomes through online voting and, most recently, has been producing branded content for Refinery 29, The Atlantic, Huffington Post, Travel+Leisure, Southern Living, Real Simple, and Facebook Live videos for Guinness World Records.
As an actor, she has appeared Off-Broadway and in numerous other NYC, regional, and touring productions.
MARISA VITALI, PRODUCER
Marisa is a Brooklyn based actress and producer. After graduating from NYU Tisch she pursued a professional acting career. Marisa has been seen in films on the festival circuit, television shows aired on HBO, ABC and ID Discovery, and in NYC theater. She has been in numerous commercials and is the voice of many audiobooks for audible.com. She was a lead in the Official Cannes Film Selection "YOU & I," directed by Christopher Scott, opposite Blake Gibbons. Marisa produced, wrote and acted in the short film, Grace, which screened at Cannes and several other festivals. Marisa is a member of SAG/AFTRA and AEA; and is on the programming committee at NYWIFT (NY Women in Film and TV)
ISAAC WILKINS, LINE PRODUCER
Isaac Wilkins has worked for the past 12 years as a Line Producer of independent feature films.
His first film, Arranged, a cross-cultural comedy of manners, won Best Picture awards in festivals from Brooklyn to Tokyo. Since then, Isaac has worked on films that have played at Tribeca, SXSW, Seattle, Venice, Berlin and other festivals throughout the world.
Isaac’s work as Line Producer includes Before I Disappear - the feature adaptation of Curfew, 2011’s Oscar-winner for Best Live Action Short and winner of the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at South by Southwest in 2014 - and Five Star, winner of the Best Editing Award (Narrative Feature) at Tribeca later that year.
His most recently released feature, The Light of the Moon, received glowing reviews from publications including The New York Times, The LA Times, The Village Voice and Variety and won the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at South by Southwest in 2017.
Isaac is in development on multiple projects including Devices, a comedy about an author with writer’s block impersonating the therapist upstairs from him in search of the perfect material for his next novel.Isaac currently lives in the middle of a cornfield on a farm somewhere in the MidWest and works on productions large and small throughout the country.
S.J. ALLOCCO, CASTING DIRECTOR
S.J. comes to us from Jen Euston Casting where she is a Casting Associate on such shows as Glow, Orange is the New Black, Friends from College, Girls, and Inside Amy Schumer.
THEA KERMAN, LEGAL COUNSEL
Thea Kerman is an attorney with more than 25 years experience in entertainment, merchandising, toys and licensing.
Kerman has worked on major films, including Donnie Brasco, The Fisher King, Hook and Hairspray. She has worked with Akiro Kurasawa, Barry Levinson, Sidney Lumet, Bruce Willis, Richard Gere, Al Pacino, Whitney Houston and Kiss.
Kerman negotiated the agreements that transformed the underground comic book, The Tick, into a successful animated and live action TV series and merchandising success.
Prior to founding her own firm, Kerman was the Senior Production Counsel for Tri-Star Pictures and General Counsel/The Marvel Comics Group.
She's also a member of NYWIFT so, naturally, she's the coolest of the cool.