There is something magical about sharing stories with an audience. As a shy, awkward eight year old I remember getting on stage with the Richmond Performing Arts Center (now East Bay Center for the Performing Arts) in California and  for the first time feeling the enchantment of communicating with a group of people. I may not have known what it meant at that age but standing at the back of Videology Labor Day Monday the energy of the audience in attendance was not lost to me on a conscious level. It is why I began producing theatre and why I was enticed to take Barbara Ann O’Leary up on her challenge to the world to organize events celebrating the work of female filmmakers.

With theatre you get to rehearse and then share your story with an audience. Everyone makes films for different reasons but for me sharing a story with others has to be a part of it (whether it be 1 or 100) – which seems sympatico with the Directed by Women mission of appreciation. Having the opportunity to share the wonderful films gathered for the Shorts of All Sorts Labor Day screening was an absolute joy.

Thanks to Custom Made Theatre Company (CMTC) for the past three years we have shown shorts at Ryan’s Daughter which is a lovely bar supportive of the arts on the Upper East Side in NYC . Last year we experimented with a satellite screening at the CMTC space in San Francisco. This  year we moved to Videology in Brooklyn. Each year we are able to do a little more to expand upon the experience of the previous year. Thank you to those who shared their films and those who came out to experience those films. The Directed by Woman Global Celebration continues at various venues throughout the month of September so check out their calendar – and keep watching wherever you are!



4th Annual Directed by Women Global Celebration – NYC Shorts of All Sorts

An evening of short films directed by women.

Join us for a wonderful evening of films and a Q&A with some of the filmmakers.

Celebrate what is often a labor of love this labor day by watching some amazing short films as part of the 4th annual Directed by Women Global Celebration. In 2015 Barbara Ann O’Leary with her Directed by Women initiative inspired many of us around the world to organize evenings, festivals, events, and personal viewings of films directed by women. Thus began what was then called NYC Short and Fun and this year we are “rebranding” to Shorts of All Sorts.
The event is free and information with a list of films and a trailer are below.

WHEN: Monday September 3, 2018 from 6pm-8pm

WHERE: Videology – 308 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211

HOW MUCH: Free!!!


Aquarium – Stephanie Maxwell (director, producer)
Backseat – Georgia Cook (director, writer), Lewis Nash (producer)
Bejlereve Begova Beyler – Filiz KUKA (director, writer, producer)
Between Voices – Anais Taracena (director, writer), Marta Méndez and Anais Taracena (producers)
Carving Landscapes – Agathe Bernard (director, producer), Alice Webber (writers)
Enough – Christina Raia (director, writer, producer)
Inseyed – Jessica Hudak (director, writer)
La Beuna Muerte (The Good Death) – Jean Balest (director), Manon Banta (writer), Manon Banta, Norman Golden II, Elle Schneider (producers)
Mom – Sarah Harper Lexee McEntee (directors, writers, producers)
Nini – Yingzong Xin (director, writer, producer)
Panic Attack! – Eileen O’Meara (director, writer, producer)
Porn: First Episode – Paula Weiss (director, writer), Vitor Hugo Faria (producer)
Sarah – Shanny Chen (director, writer)
SEA – Hristina Belousova (director, writer), Dante Rustav (producer)
Swift – ByeoRi Kim, Hae Deun Woo, Ye Bin Ahn (directors, writers, producers)
The Invisibles: Lost in Berlin – Zlila Helman (director, writer, producer)
The Phantasmagoria of Offense: the male version – Jess Irish (director, writer)
Twitten – Jennie Meadows (director, writer, producer)
Unstoppable – Georgina Bates (director, writer), Georgina Bates, Natasha Soto, Craig Pollak, Mario Quinde, John Bates, Natalie Bates (producers)
Where I was born – Jungmin Cha (director, producer)

Celebrating genre films with women at the helm: Etheria Film Night 2018

Etheria Film Night has been presenting genre short films directed by women since 2014 and this year’s selection proves to be an eclectic mix honoring the world of genre films of all sorts; from the dark comedy of Skin Deep (dir. Elizabeth Serra) which illustrates the extremes of sibling rivalry to its bloodiest conclusions, to the subtle horror of Creswick (dir. Natalie James) which with its exquisite sound design stays with you much like the presence of the house lingers with the characters of the film.

Each of the films not only epitomize the genres they fall into but also entertain and engage the audience intellectually with excellent performances and production values. Laboratory Conditions (dir. Jocelyn Stamat) stars Academy Award winners Marisa Tomei and Minni Driver and leaves the audience wondering what the conclusion of the tale will be – as with any good science fiction the possibilities are numerous. Ovum (dir. Cidney Hue) is another sci-fi film with wonderful acting by Michelle Beck and a thought-provoking scenario. The Agency (dir. Macarena Montero) rounds out the science fiction of the evening with humor – and a distinct lack of romance – as the search for a partner becomes a high-end transaction.

The Drop In (dir. Naledi Jackson) gives any Marvel or DC Comics series a run for its money in terms of fight choreography (although my superhero expert/consultant has pointed out to me the fight style is different than those tent pole favorites) with an intriguing plot and captivating performances by Mouna Traoré and Olunike Adeliyi. Lady M (dir. Tammy Riley Smith), a personal favorite because of my affinity for Shakespeare, theatre and fantasy, has exceptional performances by the entire cast and an especially nuanced and delightful one by Samantha Bond as an actress defying age with the magic of theatricality.

Bride of Frankie (dir. Devi Snively) mixes horror and comedy for a refreshing recipe which pays homage to Mary Shelley’s tale of transformation and gives it a modern twist. Instinct (dir. Maria Arida) rounds out the horror fare, a psycho-sexual thriller which depicts the art world as a bloody tough business. C U Later Tuesday (dir. Anca Vlasan) on a humorous note brings out the ridiculous in romance.

There really is something for everyone at The Etheria Film Night (co-presented by American Cinematheque) at the Egyptian Theatre Saturday June 16th. Tickets are only $15 and include a cocktail reception and Q&A with the filmmakers. Rachel Talalay will be honored with the Etheria 2018 Inspiration Award.

Bite-sized blog post: Fay Ann Lee


FAY ANN LEE is an actress, writer, producer and director. She self-produced and directed her script Falling for Grace (2006) after shopping it around only to hear the screenplay could only be made by changing the main character from Asian American to White or Hispanic. The film went on to premiere at Tribeca.

According to her website, “The Sundance Kabuki Theatre in San Francisco was the first theatre that agreed to open up “Grace”. Without any marketing dollars, Lee and her editor, Michelle Botticelli, stood outside the theatre handing out custom fortune cookies to lure in prospective audience members.”

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Bite-sized blog post: Steph Green


STEPH GREEN was nominated for an Oscar for her short film Push Hands (2004).

Her feature directorial debut Run & Jump (2013) was picked up by IFC/Sundance Selects and she has gone on to direct for numerous television series.

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Her Website
Find her on Facebook
Indiewire Interview
Screen Daily Website
Washington Square Films
Hey U Guys Interview

FILMOGRAPHY (from imdb):

Billions (TV Series) (1 episode)

Episode #2.5 (2017)

 2017American Crime (TV Series) (1 episode)

Episode #3.4 (2017)

 2017Bates Motel (TV Series) (1 episode)

Episode #5.7 (2017)

 2016American Gothic (TV Series) (1 episode)

The Gross Clinic (2016)

 2016The Americans (TV Series) (1 episode)

Munchkins (2016)

 2016Scandal (TV Series) (1 episode)

 2007/INew Boy (Short)
 2004Push Hands (Short)
 2001Copywrite (Short)

Bite-sized blog post: Christine Chen


CHRISTINE CHEN is a founder of the collective of filmmakers in Austin Texas called Moth to Flame Films.

Her feature directorial debut Funemployment (2017) was produced with that collective.

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Moth to Flame Films Website
The Daily Texan
Funemployment Kickstarter page

FILMOGRAPHY (from imdb):

 2016No Brakes (Documentary short) (completed)
 2016The Earth Below (Short)
 2016/VIIIThe Void (segment “A Bird’s Nest”)
 2016/IIYa Albi (Short)
 2016/IYa Albi (Short)
 2015/ITwo Roads (Short) (attached)
 2015Two Roads: 15 minute (Short) (co-director)
 2015Pictures at an Exhibition (Short) (co-director)
 2015Blind Date Rules (Short)
 2014A Bird’s Nest (Short)
 2013Lawless (TV Series)

Bite-sized blog post: Christina Voros


CHRISTINA VOROS is a cinematographer who has directed several narrative shorts and feature documentaries. She studied film at NYU and poetry and theatre at Harvard.

Her documentary about the fashion industry The Director: An Evolution in Three Acts (2013 premiered at Tribeca.

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Her Website
Find her on Twitter
Indiewire Interview
Filmmaker Magazine
Interview: VIDEO
WWD Interview

FILMOGRAPHY (from imdb):

 2014Egress (Short) (co-director)
 2013Chasing Tommy Ton (Documentary short)
 2013The Director: An Evolution in Three Acts (Documentary)
 2013Kink (Documentary)
 2010127 Hours: An Extraordinary View (Documentary short)
 2008Rosy (Short)
 2007The Ladies (Short)

Bite-sized blog post: Jillian Schlesinger


JILLIAN SCHLESINGER’s documentary Maidentrip (2013) was shot with a mostly female crew about a female sailor. The film premiered at SXSW.

Schlesinger studied creative writing and linguistic anthropology as an undergraduate at Brown University.

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Bite-sized blog post: Joan Tewkesbury


JOAN TEWKESBURY has worked in theater, film and television as a dancer, choreographer, actress, writer, director and producer.

She wrote several screenplays for Robert Altman before directing her first feature Old Boyfriends (1979) which was released by Embassy Pictures. She went on to direct for various television shows.

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Find her on Facebook
Interview Magazine
Filmmaker Magazine Interview
BOMB Magazine

FILMOGRAPHY (from imdb):

The Guardian (TV Series) (6 episodes)

The Line (2003)
The Next Life (2002)
The Chinese Wall (2002)

 1999Chicago Hope (TV Series) (1 episode)

The Golden Hour (1999)

 1998Felicity (TV Series) (2 episodes)

Spooked (1998)
 1998Scattering Dad (TV Movie)

 1997-1998Nothing Sacred (TV Series) (2 episodes)

House of Rage (1997)
 1994On Promised Land (TV Movie)

 1990-1992Doogie Howser, M.D. (TV Series) (3 episodes)

TV or Not TV (1990)

 1992Picket Fences (TV Series) (1 episode)

The Snake Lady (1992)

 1992Northern Exposure (TV Series) (1 episode)

On Your Own (1992)
 1992Strangers (TV Movie) (segment “Windows”)
 1991Wild Texas Wind (TV Movie)

 1991Shannon’s Deal (TV Series) (1 episode)

Trouble (1991)
 1990Sudie and Simpson (TV Movie)
 1989Cold Sassy Tree (TV Movie)

 1989CBS Summer Playhouse (TV Series) (1 episode)

Elysian Fields (1989)

 1986Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series) (1 episode)

The Canary Sedan (1986)
 1981The Acorn People (TV Movie)
 1979The Tenth Month (TV Movie)

Bite-sized blog post: Hannelle M. Culpepper


HANNELLE M. CULPEPPER studied French and Economics as an undergraduate before studying communications at USC.

She began her career as a writer and directed the short film A Single Rose (2003) with a grant from the AFI Directing Workshop for Women and has gone on to direct for numerous television series.

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Hillview Productions
Within the Movie Websit
VIDEO: Interview

FILMOGRAPHY (from imdb):

Gotham (TV Series) (1 episode)

 2016Quantico (TV Series) (1 episode)

Aquiline (2016)

 2016Empire (TV Series) (1 episode)

Cupid Kills (2016) … (as Hanelle Culpepper)

 2016Mistresses (TV Series) (2 episodes)

Fight or Flight (2016)

 2016American Gothic (TV Series) (1 episode)

The Artist in His Museum (2016) … (as Hanelle Culpepper)

 2015-2016Castle (TV Series) (3 episodes)

Tone Death (2016)
Private Eye Caramba! (2015) … (as Hanelle Culpepper)

 2016The Originals (TV Series) (1 episode)

Alone with Everybody (2016) … (as Hanelle Culpepper)

 2016The Flash (TV Series) (1 episode)

King Shark (2016) … (as Hanelle Culpepper)

 2014-2016Criminal Minds (TV Series) (4 episodes)

The Bond (2016)
Breath Play (2015) … (as Hanelle Culpepper)
Scream (2015) … (as Hanelle Culpepper)
The Edge of Winter (2014) … (as Hanelle Culpepper)

 2015Grimm (TV Series) (2 episodes)

Maiden Quest (2015) … (as Hanelle Culpepper)
Wesenrein (2015) … (as Hanelle Culpepper)

 2015Sleepy Hollow (TV Series) (1 episode)

The Art of War (2015) … (as Hanelle Culpepper)

 2015Hawaii Five-0 (TV Series) (1 episode)

Na Kame Hele (2015) … (as Hanelle Culpepper)

 2015Stalker (TV Series) (1 episode)

Love Hurts (2015) … (as Hanelle Culpepper)

 2015American Crime (TV Series) (1 episode)

Episode Five (2015) … (as Hanelle Culpepper)

 2014Revenge (TV Series) (1 episode)

Ambush (2014)
 2013The Bride (Short)

 2012Parenthood (TV Series) (1 episode)

What to My Wondering Eyes (2012) … (as Hanelle Culpepper)

 201290210 (TV Series) (1 episode)

Into the Wild (2012) … (as Hanelle Culpepper)
 2011Deadly Sibling Rivalry (TV Movie)
 2006Leila (Short)
 2005How to Stand in Line for Star Wars (Documentary short)

 2005Guilty or Innocent? (TV Series) (1 episode)

 2003Six and the City (Short)
 2003A Single Rose (Short)
 2002/IThe Wedding Dress (Short)