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. Her current projects include producing both a narrative feature film for Netflix International and a new narrative series for a major network.
CLAIRE MCCLANAHAN, WRITER / PRODUCER / "JANE"
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.
Most recently her feature film, Carbon, was an official selection for the Cannes Film Festival / Breaking Through the Lens finance initiative, a PAGE Screenwriting Awards Quarter-Finalist, and an official selection for the NYC Mayor's Office / Winston Baker Finance Lab. Carbon was also a finalist for the Tribeca Film Institute Sloan and All-Access Grants, finalist for the Athena Film Festival, and semi-finalist for the Nashville Film Festival.
She wrote, produced and starred in Simpatico the Web series, an interactive show in which the audience determined plot outcomes through online voting and has produced 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, in numerous NYC, regional, and touring productions, Blue Bloods on CBS, the new Amazon series, Modern Love, and upcoming independent feature film, Angelfish.
MARISA VITALI, PRODUCER
Marisa Vitali is the founder of GRACE in Five, an online consulting production firm promoting the deliverance of films through the festival circuit. Marisa began her work in production as an indie filmmaker in 2013 when she created her first film GRACE, the autobiographical story of her first year in recovery from addiction.
As the film quickly gained industry buzz and distinguished honors at festivals like Canners and SOHO International, Marisa moved on to further hone her skills as a producer at Conde Nast in New York City for magazines Glamour and Allure as well as the Facebook Live team across all brand publications.
Among her videos produced, many were top performers company-wide and garnered Webby Award consideration. A the momentum of her production career continued, Marisa recognized the importance of branding and social media when producing content. Inspired by the power of a strong public presence, Marisa went on to become a private consulting producer for a number of private clients whom she led to great success in the film festival circuit and otherwise. In light of this successes, Marisa has sought to open her knowledge to a larger spread of filmmakers looking to achieve their festival goals. GRACE in Five was born. In addition to Carbon, she is producing Mark Borkowski’s (Boardwalk Empire) short film Hungry Ghosts
STEPHANIE HOLBROOK, CASTING
Stephanie Holbrook is a Casting Director with extensive credits in both Film and TV from three markets: San Francisco, Los Angeles, and her current home base of New York City. Stephanie was on the casting team for Glass, Isle of Dogs, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, We Own The Night, The Squid and The Whale, Margot at the Wedding, Margaret, Failure to Launch, The Village and Lady In the Water, among others. As an independent Casting Director, she has multiple film credits that have premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, most recently The Wolf Hour (with Naomi Watts) and Abe (Noah Schnapp Stranger Things) in 2019. Past film credits include Equity, Christine and The Eyes of My Mother (all Sundance 2016), Life Of Crime (with Jennifer Aniston), The Lifeguard (Sundance 2013, with Kristen Bell), Applesauce, Ghost Team, Ratter, Ava’s Possessions, The Abandoned, Jane Wants a Boyfriend and The Happening for M Night Shyamalan. Also, Book of Love (with Jason Sudeikis, Jessica Biel and Maisie Williams), Ordinary World (with Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day), Three Generations (with Elle Fanning, Susan Sarandon and Naomi Watts), Catfight (Toronto Film Festival, with Sandra Oh and Anne Heche), Landline (with Jenny Slate), Thoroughbreds (both Sundance, with Anya Taylor-Joy, Olivia Cooke and the late Anton Yelchin). Stephanie cast The Kindergarten Teacher (with Maggie Gyllenhaal) and Madeline’s Madeline (with Molly Parker and Miranda July) both of which premiered at Sundance 2018, and both of which Stephanie earned Artios Awards for.
Stephanie was casting director for the first two seasons of The Sinner and has just finished casting the first season of a TV series for M. Night Shyamalan called Servant, which will premiere as one of the first series produced for Apple TV’s new streaming platform.
A member of the Casting Society of America, Stephanie is a multiple-nominee and multiple- winner for Excellence in Casting and a previous recipient of an Artios Award for her participation in the successful effort to unionize Casting Directors.
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.