Come check out my piece "The Misfit Mantra" at 2Cents Theatre Group's INK fest next month! My play is one of three shorts featured in the "Square Peg Round Hole" block (appropriate, no?) and goes up at 11am on Saturday 3/10 and 6:30pm on Sunday 3/11.
Directed by Kristen Boulé,
Starring Jessica J'aime and Stephen Weston
Check out 2cents Theatre Group's website for info.
(You'll know which play is mine because it'll have the two people screaming about an ugly painting. )
Come! Laugh! Enjoy!
Happy to announce Freelancers Anonymous is one of six films awarded the 2017 Frameline Completion Fund!
The six award recipients are:
Call Her Ganda
Dykes, Camera, Action!
Leitis in Waiting
For more info visit the full article here.
Lisa and I had the pleasure of appearing on Julie Harris Walker's amazing podcast The Other 50% - A Herstory of Hollywood Interview.
If you are unfamiliar with this podcast you should definitely check it out -- Julie interviews women in various roles in Hollywood and explores their stories.
She's an absolute delight (maybe I'm a little biased since she's a fellow NYU alumna) and our episode will be airing some time in March. I'll keep you posted when it hits the airwaves! In the meantime, explore all the other amazing women she's talked to! You'll be so glad you did.
Thanks so much to "Women in Hollywood" for the shout-out! Check out this awesome article, click through to support our film, and while you're at it -- take a look at these other awesome films to support as well! : )
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A NEW CHAPTER: CROWDFUNDING PICKS
NYU ’17/'18 (GLS/CEH). Writer, producer, storyteller, traveler, sports fan & baker. Intern with @WomenaHollywood. Brooklyn/Pittsburgh. kaidiapickels.com.
As you reach the end of a chapter in your life, the idea of confronting what’s next can be daunting, but the opportunity to start a new chapter can often be refreshing and meaningful. This month’s crowdfunding picks focus on identifying next steps — whether they are diving headfirst into app development, going after a dangerous cyberbully, or returning to your storm-ravaged home for the first time in years.
In “Freelancers Anonymous,” we meet a ragtag group of unemployed women in tech who are determined to work together to build an app to connect freelancers to jobs. They are led by Billie, who’s just hastily quit her own job to look for a fresh start before she gets married.
Season 2 of “The F Word: A Foster-to-Adopt Story” picks up with creators (and moms) Nicole and Kristan, who last season adopted their son out of the foster care system. This time they’re back to take a closer look at the intricacies of foster care and talk to the people who are trying to make things better for those whose lives are touched by fostering.
“#LIKE,” written and directed by Sarah Pirozek, is an edgy thriller about a small-town teen who avenges the death of her little sister by going after the man who bullied and harassed her online into committing suicide.
Finally, “Artist in Exile” combines documentary and narrative storytelling to create a powerful film that follows poet Sunni Patterson as she returns to her hometown of New Orleans after being displaced by Hurricane Katrina over a decade ago. She retraces her previous life to discover the things that have changed in the city over the years as well as the beauty that remains.
Here’s our latest round of women-created and women-centric crowdfunding picks.
“Freelancers Anonymous” — Directed by Sonia Sebastian; Written by Amy Dellagiarnio and Lisa Cordileone
“Freelancers Anonymous” lends a hilarious voice to all the hard-working and talented women and LGBTQ individuals working in tech by putting together a talented ensemble cast of unique characters. At the center of it all is Billie, who hates her job and is desperate for a fresh start. Breaking the news to her fiancée, Gayle, doesn’t go well, but she finds her new purpose when she meets a group of other women in a similar place and is hit with a great idea: develop an app for freelancers seeking jobs.
Together, Billie and her crew set out to develop and launch the app using their bizarre mix of skills and become closer than any of them could’ve imagined. The creative team behind “Freelancers Anonymous” is interested in working with multi-platform storytelling and even has aspirations of developing a real app themselves.
To learn about how you can support the project and help finish post-production, check out “Freelancers Anonymous” on Seed&Spark.
“The F Word: A Foster-to-Adopt Story” (Docuseries) — Created by Nicole and Kristan Opper; Directed by Nicole Opper
Filmmaker Nicole Opper will be returning for a second season of her heart-wrenching autobiographical docuseries “The F Word.” In Season 1, Opper and her wife, Kristan, chronicled their journey as they went through the arduous process of adopting a child from the foster care system. Now proud parents to their young son, J, they’re setting out to take a closer look at the complexities and difficulties that make the fostering process so complicated.
Rather than telling just Nicole and Kristan’s story, season two expands the story outward and includes the voices of those who make up the foster care system: birth families, adoptees, foster youth, and those using social entrepreneurship to help improve the system. The team behind “The F Word” uses their personal connection to delve even further into the world of foster care, exploring themes of reunification, forgiveness, and family.
Learn how you can help support Season 2 on the series’ Seed&Spark page.
“#LIKE” —Written and Directed by Sarah Pirozek
“#LIKE”In the intriguing thriller “#LIKE,” we meet Rosie, a teen from the small town of Woodstock whose little sister Amelia passed away one year ago. Coming up on the anniversary of her death, Rosie makes a painful discovery — the man who’d manipulated her sister into committing suicide by targeting her online is back and looking for his next victim. She sets out to put a stop to him, turning to a darker side within herself to make sure he never puts another family through what she’s faced.
“Instead of complaining [about lack of opportunities for female directors], I decided to make a commercial, genre, micro-budget thriller, with a nuanced female lead, telling an important story,” says director Sarah Pirozek. “Writing ‘#LIKE,’ I shaped a backstory honoring heartbreaking real lives of girls like ‘Audrie & Daisy,’ echoing the #MeToo movement.” Themes of sisterhood and resilience in the social media era drive this complex and gripping thriller.
Check out how you can help support “#LIKE” through its post-production phase on the film’s Kickstarter page.
“Artist in Exile” (Documentary Short) — Co-Directed by Kiyoko McCrae
“Artist in Exile”In an innovative new project merging documentary and poetry, artist Sunni Patterson returns to her hometown of New Orleans after being displaced by Hurricane Katrina for the last 12 years. She visits the neighborhoods that she and her family once called home in order to begin to understand the depth of the damage caused by Katrina and how different a place New Orleans is from what it once was.
“I am an artist in exile… a spirit on the run… displaced from the familiar, transplanted into the foreign, only to discover that the one has become the other,” says Patterson. “Either things happened ‘before the Storm’ or ‘after the Storm.’” In this moving documentary, we see a deeply affected artist take steps toward healing and falling in love with the new landscape of New Orleans.
Help support “Artist in Exile” on the film’s Kickstarter page.
To be considered for Women and Hollywood’s biweekly crowdfunding feature, please write to email@example.com. All formats (features, shorts, web series, etc.) welcome. Projects must be by and/or about women.
Oh hiiiii! Yes, that's right -- our fundraising campaign for Freelancers Anonymous on Seed and Spark is now live!
Why have a fundraising campaign, you may ask? Wellllll, we're looking for that final push for marketing, film festivals, music licensing, and whole lotta stuff for post production. Help us make the best movie we can!
The campaign can be found HERE.
So honored and proud to have been part of the writers' room for season 2 of a digital streaming series...
More details to come as things develop, but for now enjoy this picture of me slumped over my computer, thus proving why I will forever have back problems.
Comedy ‘Freelancers Anonymous’ Gives Visibility To Women & The LGBTQ Community In Tech
October 3, 2017 at 10:00 am
(original link: http://girltalkhq.com/comedy-freelancers-anonymous-gives-visibility-to-women-lgbtq-community-in-tech/)
We’re all about highlighting media that puts women’s voices at the center. We love it even more when we see film and TV content that becomes a vehicle for intersectionality, discussing important topics that seek to dismantle patriarchal norms and create space at the table for those who have typically been excluded from the mainstream.
We’re also passionate about supporting the work of female filmmakers, at a time when studies show women made up only 7% of directors on the top 250 grossing films in 2016, and that is a DROP in number from the previous year. San Diego State University’s Center for the Study of Women in Television in film also found that women accounted for 13% of writers, 17% of executive producers, 24% of producers, 17% of editors and 5% of cinematographers. In a nutshell, nowhere near equal.
And it’s not as if female filmmakers and entertainment focused on intersectional issues don’t exist. A new feature film currently in production in Chicago called ‘Freelancers Anonymous’ is an example of exciting new content that is offering audiences something different than the tired mainstream Hollywood “white, male savior” trope. It is a fast and fun comedy that highlights the LGBTQ community and women in tech.
‘Freelancers Anonymous’ is directed by award-winning Spanish filmmaker Sonia Sebastian, produced and written by Amy Dellagiarino and Lisa Cordileone. It featured a top notch cast, including Alexandra Billings (‘Transparent’), Jennifer Bartels (‘American Woman’/Paramount Network) and Mouzam Makkar (‘Champions’/NBC) among others.
The story follows central character Billie who hates her job and is desperate for a change. So she quits a few months ahead of her wedding. When she breaks the news to her fiance Gayle, things don’t go exactly as planned. Billie meets a ragtag group of women who are also looking for employment, and is struck with the idea of cultivating their skills to develop an app for freelancers.
Described as “a lesbian comedy of errors” in a press release, ‘Freelancers Anonymous’ is part of a brand with a narrative story that will crossover and integrate on multiple platforms for a unique and engaging experience. The filmmakers wanted to make a film that not only reflected their own real life experiences, but also gave visibility to women and the LGBTQ community working in STEM industries.
“It all started when Amy and Lisa realized how much they hated their day jobs. Seriously. They sucked ass. So, they wanted to make a movie about it. Then a funny thing happened. They met Sonia, a passionate director from Spain who’s made some funny movies too,” said a description on the film’s website.
“What if we can actually affect change and close the gender gap in the workplace by crossing the lines from story to usable technology, and support women and the LGBTQ community working in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) industries?” it continued about its mission.
With the recent furor surrounding the controversial leaked Google Memo by a former male employee who thinks women are not equal to men, as well as numerous viral stories about sexual harassment and the dominant “bro culture” still existing in Silicon Valley, centering the voices and lives of women in tech couldn’t be more important right now.
Statistics show women hold only 25% of computing jobs, own only 5% of startups, and earn only 28% of computer science degrees, it’s clear there is a need for change. A recent study which surveyed 2000 professionals who voluntarily left their jobs found that bullying is increasingly driving LGBTQ individuals away from the tech sector.
“It found LGBTQ employees were the most likely to be bullied (20 percent) and experience public humiliation or embarrassment (24 percent), both at significantly higher rates than non-LGBTQ employees (13 percent). Nearly two-thirds of LGBTQ people surveyed (64 percent) said bullying contributed to their decision to leave their company,” wrote John Paul Brammer for NBC News.
Produced by Full Spectrum Features, the filmmaking team talk about their vision for ‘Freelancers Anonymous’, how they want it to be a a film that sparks challenging discussion about the issues facing women and LGBTQ people in tech.
“The gap in the market for the LGBTQ community and women in STEM industries pales in comparison to our male counterparts. Gender parity has become a hot button issue over the past several years in Hollywood and we are passionate about creating content that fills this gap! Our team’s unique vision is to integrate a narrative across several platforms and create a transmedia company that can engage audiences in new and exciting way. We are eager to create strong and positive representation for the LGBTQ community, as well as women in comedy, women in STEM industries, and female-driven stories,” they said.
In an interview with Screen Magazine, producer/writer Amy says audiences are ready for new types of stories about women and told by women.
“What’s exciting to me about this film is that not only is it a big, silly comedy, but it’s one made up almost entirely of women, mainly focusing on women in tech. I don’t think a lot of people are doing that type of thing right now, and I think it’s something everyone is ready for,” she said.
We’re excited to see the release of ‘Freelancers Anonymous’ and will update readers closer to the date. In the meantime, you can get updates on the film’s website and by following theFacebook Page.
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