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We are badass best friends who run our own eco-friendly production company.

Besties Make Movies centers on protagonists who live in the grey, beyond the black and white binary. Through the female and non-binary gaze, we tell stories that explore the complex and provocative nuances that make us human.

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The work we do spans features, shorts, and episodic content.

Our work has screened at festivals worldwide including Oscar Qualifying Cinequest, Series Fest, NewFest, Bentonville Film Festival, and more. Our feature film TRIPLE THREAT called "a visual comparison to Tick Tick Boom", "Totally Unique", and "fun & provocative" is now streaming on AppleTV.



Margarita Zhitnikova - CO-FOUNDER
Margarita is a non-binary multihyphenate performer and writer. Born in Stalingrad, Russia, Zhitnikova came to America with their family as Jewish refugees when they were six.  Zhitnikova found acting and creating to be an outlet, a salvation of sorts, to naturally express their feelings and the chance to be someone other than themselves. Zhitnikova is passionate about edgy, and dynamic characters, breaking societal norms and creating representation along the way.  They are a judge for the Revolution Me Film Festival and a member of NYWIFT, WIF, Women in Media, The Filmshop, and NYC Women Filmmakers. 
Stacey Maltin - CO-FOUNDER
Stacey Maltin is an award-winning filmmaker and performer. A graduate from NYU Tisch School of the Arts with a minor in journalism, Maltin has a unique perspective in storytelling, that is both authentic and entertaining. Through Maltin’s lens, she creates stories that explore everything from queer parenthood and homelessness to psychosexual horror and holiday comedic romance. She is building a name for herself within the film community and her resume keeps growing. Her feature script was produced as a radio play by The Black List starring Darren Criss. Her projects have been finalists for the Tribeca All Access Grant and have premiered at Oscar qualifying Cinequest Film Festival, Dances with Films, NewFest, & many more
Jackie Schwartz - VP of Development
Jackie Schwartz is an award-winning filmmaker, writer, and activist, with a mission to create uplifting and inspirational films about marginalized communities. In 2014, she co-created, produced, and sold a digital series about a plus size heroine called Rare Birds of Fashion to a major network. Since then, she’s produced multiple web series, shorts, and feature films which have premiered and won awards at festivals throughout the North America, including: Sundance, Toronto International Film Festival, Miami International Film Festival, Outfest, Cinequest, ITVfest, and more. Her film Dusty participated in the Outfest Screenwriting Lab Summer 2019 and the Middlebury Script Lab January 2020. She was also a finalist in the 2020 Sundance Creative Producing Lab.