Cady McClain is a 2-time Emmy Award winning actor, filmmaker, musician and writer whose professional career spans more than 30 years. Her credits include studio and independent films, network and cable television, New Media, Off-Broadway theater, and performance art.
Ms. McClain began her professional acting career at the age of 9 working with respected directors such as Herbert Ross, Richard Benjamin, Marvin Chomsky and John Erman. Devoted to helping more women become directors, her first foray into documentary film, Seeing is Believing: Women Direct, premiered at the 2017 SOHO International Film Festival, winning the Audience Award for a Feature Film. Shooting 95% of the film, she did an enormous amount of solo shoots, running lights and sound, conducting the interviews, and doing 99% of the editing.
Recent directing projects include the just-completed short subject, Butterflies, which examines the bullying of a mixed-race teenaged girl which so far has played the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival (2018 WINNER Best Short Film, Best Actress in a Short Film), Kew Gardens FF (nom: Best Editing, Best Cinemaotography, Best Screenplay), Chesapeake FF, Ridgewood FF, Hollyshorts FF, and SOHO Film Festival; the international online hit series, Venice the Series, for which she was honored with two Emmy Nominations (2017 and 2018); two shorts for Kids in the Spotlight (a FOX Studios supported program to benefit foster youth) with the 2017 film winning Best Ensemble and Best Supporting Actress at the Movies By Kids Awards hosted by Ty Burrell; and the original web series, Switch, starring Olympia Dukakis.
Her other shorts Flip Fantasia and The World of Albert Fuh, won Best Comedy Drama Short at the Indie Gathering Festival, Honorable Mention for Best Director by the Los Angeles Film Review, Honorable Mention from the SaMo Indie Film Fest, and the Award of Merit at the Best Shorts Film Festival.
In summer 2018 she directed a full-length stage play called Paint Made Flesh which was filmed via multi-camera. Sponsorship for the filming was provided in part by Sotheby’s.
In September 2017, McClain was awarded by the Association of Women in Communications with the illustrious International Matrix Award. Previous recipients include Ann Curry, Jane Pauley, Judy Woodruff and Christiane Amanpour. Ms. McClain is very honored and humbled to be in included with such an illustrious group of groundbreaking women.
A graduate of Johns Hopkins University, Kate began her career in the world of documentaries. She has served in leadership roles for original programming developed for networks such as Fuse, TruTV, Discovery, and the DIY Network. Her short and feature-length documentaries are international in scope and include “Homeless Not Hopeless,” “Soledad,” “Women on the Edge,” and “Misha Versus Moscow: The Battle for Georgia’s Future.” Kate is currently a partner at Sidford House, a New York based media and digital production company, and recently gave birth to her third girl, Frances.
Xaviera Lopez is a Chilean artist. She is inspired by the personal, the journey of the psyche, clean Japanese graphics, the metaphysical, a new and distinctly feminine surrealism, animation, the superimposing of drawing, photography and sound upon a digital canvas.
Li Lu is an award-winning filmmaker residing in Los Angeles, CA. There Is a New World Somewhere is her debut feature film, and is the winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature Film at the Boonies International Film Festival and Special Jury Award for Best First Feature at both the Las Vegas Film Festival and LA Asian Pacific Film Festival. Her teleplay Razorhurst, about the seedy underbelly of street gangs in 1920s Sydney, Australia, won the Skyway Film Festival’s Grand Jury Award for Best Teleplay and Pitch. Her work has been profiled in the New York Times, IndieWIRE, Bitch Magazine, IMDb, and Flavorwire. Besides film, Li creates video/installation art. Her latest video piece is currently on tour with musician Benoit Pioulard. Li received her BA from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, graduating cum laude.
Curator magazine editor Amanda Quinn Olivar is currently producing the play and film Paint Made Flesh. She recently collaborated on Steven Arnold: Heavenly Bodies and an upcoming documentary about fashion designer Zandra Rhodes. A member of The International Press Academy, Amanda sits on the boards of London’s Fashion and Textile Museum and The Chimaera Project (an organization presenting opportunities for women & promoting gender equality in the media arts). As a curator and arts advocate, she received the HeArt Award for her work benefiting A Window Between Worlds, and has curated exhibits at venues including The Cornell Art Museum, Skirball Cultural Center, Fresno Art Museum, and Brand Art Center. Amanda was born and raised in Los Angeles, California.
A member of DGA, Kimberly recently finished directing her second episode of “Pretty Little Liars” for Freeform. She has participated in the ABC/DGA Creative Talent Program, the Warner Brothers program, and the AFI Directing Workshop for Women. At AFI, she wrote and directed the dark comedy, “Nice Guys Finish Last.” The film won the AFI Nancy Malone award and has been accepted into 12 festivals world wide, including LA Comedy Fest and Shockfest where Kimberly received the “Best Director” award. Kimberly has shadowed Lesli Linka Glatter on “Homeland” and Andy Fickman on “Liv and Maddie.”
Jon Lindstrom has written, co-written and re-written many screenplays, including “The Hard Easy,” starring Bruce Dern, Vera Farmiga and Peter Weller (released by HBO/Time Warner) and the award-winning independent feature, “How We Got Away With it,” which he also directed and co-produced (released by Devolver Films and Alchemy). He was a finalist in the emerging director competition at the St Louis International Film Festival, as well as numerous festival awards and nominations in “Best of,” “Audience,” and “Acting” categories.
Eva Paris Cicinyte is a Lithuanian-Canadian dancer, singer and actress born in Kaunas, Lithuania on April 16, 1993. She moved to Canada at the age of seven and has lived in toronto , Ontario since. From the age of three Eva began competitive ballroom dancing and trained in prestigious private schools with top world coaches such as (Paul Killick, Karina Smirnoff, Arunas Bizokas, and Oleg Yedlin) which brought her the title of Junior Canadian Finalist. At the age of 21, Eva moved on to a film career by booking principal roles in feature films My Daughter Must Live (2014) starring Madeline Martin ( Star of TV Show Californication), and Deadly Voltage (2015) on Lifetime. Recently in 2017, Eva has booked her first Lead Role in a feature film called The Road Ahead, along with recurring role on a TV Series called Switch starring Oscar Award winner Olympia Dukakis and Emmy Award winner Cady McClain. At the moment Eva is also producing a documentary called “ Seeing is Believing:Women Direct” directed by Cady McClain, which has won the Audience Award for Best Feature at the SOHO International Film Festival in NYC, and Jury Award in the best documentary Category at the Newport Beach Film Festival.
Naima Ramos-Chapman is an interdisciplinary filmmaker and performer bred in Brooklyn, New York. Her first short film “And Nothing Happened”, about the emotional aftermath of sexualized violence, premiered at the 2016 Slamdance Film Festival. Naima’s is an auteur approach to creating cinema. Collaboratively, Naima has lent her eyes and ears to artists like “MacArthur Genius” Kyle Abraham of A.I.M (Abraham In Motion), Terence Nance, Colorlines and Saint Heron. For some of her episodic documentary work she’s produced, scored and composed music for, check out BRIC TV. She was accepted into the Sundance 2017 lab for diverse filmmakers. Currently, Naima is in L.A. working feverishly on her next film, a stalker-revenge flick that traverses across several planes of existence.
Morgan Flannery is an independent Music Supervisor for film and web-based television. A graduate of the Sound Audio Engineering Institute of Los Angeles, her extensive creative and technical knowledge of music has given her a unique understanding of how to best serve her projects. Recently, she has supervised Cady McClain’s short film Flip Fantasia as well as her feature length documentary, Seeing is Believing: Women Direct. Her most current projects include Home Again and CROFT, both web series scheduled to premiere in the summer of 2016.
Lily Williams is a young screenwriter and aspiring television producer currently attending Emerson College for Comedic Arts. She wrote, produced, and assistant directed Toast: The Movie, a semifinalist at the Los Angeles Cinefest and the Selected Student Short Film at the Accolades Global Film Competition. When not writing, she’s thinking about how she probably should be writing.
Paula O’Byrne is a prize-winning editor with 30 years of experience in editing short-form and long-form journalism, non-fiction and fiction books, technical articles, annual reports, institutional publications, blogs and websites, Amazon Kindle Singles, and documentary film projects. She shared two Pulitzer Prizes as a senior editor for her New Orleans newspaper’s coverage of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and was the project editor for an investigative series that was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prizes.
Chloe Carr is a student at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs where she studies film and management. “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all” -Oscar Wilde
Julie Lucas is a theater and film director. She is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Upcoming: Cal in Camo with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and Colt Coeur (assistant director). Associate Producer of The World of Albert Fuh. Director of theatrical productions of Lysistrata and The Little Prince. JulieLucas.ninjaIMDB
Gretchen Hall is an actress, teacher, director, acting coach and mother living in New York City. She is currently adjunct faculty at Marymount Manhattan and NYU. BA/ Fordham University; MFA/ NYU Graduate Acting.
Annette Palmer writes movie reviews for Popzara.com and is an award-winning poet with two poetry anthologies, Snow Falling and Kiss the Ground available on the Amazon Kindle store. She is currently pursuing a career in screenwriting and passionately working on her debut novel. In her free time, Annette enjoys playing with her dogs, going to the beach and exploring Los Angeles.
Based in New York City, Brian Geldin (BGPR) creates successful publicity campaigns for film festival premieres and theatrical releases for feature docs & narratives, both domestic & international. Clients include the films Dr Feelgood, Dealer or Healer, Off the Rails, and Archeology of a Woman.
Lisa Callif is an entertainment attorney whose primary focus is on representing independent filmmakers in all aspects of their moviemaking, including financing, production and distribution. She was recently profiled in Hollywood Reporter’s Power Lawyer List as one of Hollywood’s Top 100 Attorneys (2016) and named by the Daily Journal as one of the Top 100 Women Lawyers in California (2016 & 2014). She was also named by Variety as one of The Best and The Brightest (2011). As part of her practice, Lisa does a significant amount of clearance work for documentaries, including rendering fair use opinion letters, which permits her clients to use limited amounts of unlicensed material in their films under the fair use doctrine as codified in US Copyright Law.
We are thrilled to share we have six exciting Associate Producers who have recently come onboard to support the series: Patty Cook, Nancy Finn, Sabine S. McDowell, Antoinette Roger, Kai Destiny, and Suzanne Curry