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These are some of the incredibly talented people we work with the regs.
Actor / Writer

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Jay DeYonker is a graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts, he spent 5 wonderful years living abroad in Prague. Acting credits include Christian in Netflix's Same Sky, Alexander Graham Bell in PBS' American Experience; Murder of a President, Sean in Czech TV's Vyprávěj, and Avi in Landing Up.

 

Since returning to NYC in 2016, Jay wrote and/or produced three short films (Head, Linked, Stronger Together) which have been accepted into various film festivals (NewFest, Queen's World Festival, Sene Festival, and more).

 

Interested in creating fresh, untold queer content, Jay is currently in pre-production for his first feature film, Head, written with co-film-shopper, Stacey Maltin.

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Director / Writer / DP

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Dani Tenenbaum, is an award-winning storyteller. He attended the Minshar for Art film school in Tel Aviv, Israel and graduated with honorable mention.

 

Dani's film 'Guides' participated in several big fests, winning Best of Fest at IndieWorks in NYC. He won the cinematography award for the 48 hour film project in NY "Zoe".

 

In 2017 Dani directed the feature Landing Up. After premiering at Dances With Films and taking home a Best Feature nomination at Soho Film Fest, the film found it's home on Amazon & iTunes.

 

Dani combines his passion for storytelling and love of helping people by working with The Patton Veterans Project and "I Was There Film Workshops" designed for soldiers with PTS. 

 

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Producer

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Not 2 years ago, Carrie Radigan made the jump from stage production to film production. In that short amount of time, she's worked as a producer and post supervisor on short films and music videos.

 

You can catch her award-winning short film The Invaders, written & directed by Mateo Marquez, racking up awards on the film festival circuit. 

 

She is working with Besties on Self(ish), 2 WEEKS, and Jones. Additionally, Carrie is currently developing the feature Turner Falls, directed & written by Adam Dicterow and Dash Finley, and producing Dave Scala's film Engaged.

 

Carrie also holds down the fort running Post Factory by Sim. 

 

When she's not producing projects, you can find her at brunch with her girlfriends finding the best bottomless deal in New York City.

 

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Producer / Writer

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Jackie Schwartz is an award-winning filmmaker. In 2014, she co-created & produced a digital series called Rare Birds of Fashion, which champions the plus-size community and female entrepreneurs.

 

Since then, she's produced three web-series, which have premiered and won awards at various festivals throughout the country. Her latest project is a comedy horror pilot in association with YouTube Studios and Troma Entertainment. She previously worked as an associate producer at Fully Branded Media, collaborating in the production of films such as The RomanticsMargin Call, and Kill Your Darlings.

 

Jackie is a proud advocate of self-love and a board member of Realize Your Beauty., an organization dedicated to promoting positive body image to youth through teater arts. She currently lives in NYC and is working on her satirical memoir: I Only Came for the Food.

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Costume Designer

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Keriann Correia has worked in fashion since graduating from New York City's FIT. She launched her own line, House Of Correia, making one of a kind clothing & accessories for the daring young starlets of the world.

 

Through styling photo shoots and red carpet appearances, she was tapped to do wardrobe for a music video, and the rest was history. 

 

She has a strong sense of character building and loves collaborating with directors to bring their characters to life. She was awarded Best Costume Design at the 2017 Indie Series Awards for her work on the series Working on It.

 

Her recent projects include Working on It, Stronger Together, Pair of Normals, & Linked. 

 

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Actor / AD / Writer

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As a writer, actor, and human rights advocate, Vanessa Velasquez is most interested in developing a unique angle into human realities and creating a bridge between the work of humanitarian efforts and storytelling. She believes examining differing perspectives reveals greater truths about human identity and her interest in understanding those perspectives continues to challenge and motivate her. Vanessa's studies of Literature, Theatre and Human Rights have challenged the conventions of race and gender roles taught at an early age, and she believes it is those values instilled in an individual that affect their adult psyche. Her personal research focuses on women's studies, human rights, and global advocacy in order to bring awareness of issues regarding these topics through the mediums of writing, film, and theatre. Vanessa has found the greatest opportunities to connect with humanity through storytelling and hopes to connect with others in return through her work. 

Follow Vanessa on Instagram, because she's literally always up to something cool!