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, 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 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)
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.