Cady McClain has a long history of activity in the arts, developing her eye in New York City during twenty-five years of adult life there. In her 20’s she studied theater directing with legendary artistic director of Ensemble Studio Theater, Curt Dempster. Her first self-produced project was a piece of performance art which she wrote, produced, acted, and co-directed. She pursued further study in her 30’s with Nancy Chunn at The School of Visual Arts, creating giant multi-layered canvases and collages. This was followed by acceptance into NYU to study International Literature. During this time she made an album of music she wrote called BlueGlitterFish. She then switched to The New School and turned to writing, completing a memoir, Murdering My Youth, released in 2014. The book was featured in TV Guide Magazine and on Entertainment Tonight.
In 2013 Cady wrote, directed, and produced her first short film, Flip Fantasia. “Flip” enjoyed acceptance into the Macon Film Festival and gained a remarkable FB cult following of over 80K in Peru. Her second short film, The World of Albert Fuh, won Best Comedy Drama Short at the Ohio Indie Gathering, an Honorable Mention for “Best Director” by the Los Angeles Film Review, an “Honorable Mention” by the SaMo Film Festival, and an “Award of Merit” by the Best Shorts Film Festival. An official selection of the LA Indie FF, it premiered at the SOHO International Film Fest.
Cady has won two Emmys for her acting work on daytime television. She is a self-taught filmmaker, website builder, and editor. She is proud to be on the board of The Chimaera Project, a not-for-profit focused on creating opportunities for women in the media arts.
Seeing is Believing: Women Direct is her first documentary.
(photo by Courtney Lindberg)
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.
Native Angeleno, Amanda Quinn Olivar, is West Coast editor for Curator magazine, and sits on the board of The Chimaera Project, a not for profit presenting opportunities for women and promoting gender equality in the media arts. She was raised surrounded by art & artists which led to her path as an arts advocate. Amanda received the HeArt Award for her work benefitting A Window Between Worlds. She has curated exhibits at venues such as the Skirball Cultural Center, The Cornell Art Museum, The Fresno Art Museum, and The Brand Art Center.
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.
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.
TCP is dedicated to empowering women to reach their highest potential in the film, television, and media industries.
Impact Media Partners: communications, audience engagement, and media consulting
Media promotion, engagement and distribution management, high-level non-profit strategy and leadership, corporate communications, and a strong network of skilled professionals around the country in media production, education, community engagement, and publicity.
Brian Geldin: PR
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 Kallif, Donaldson and Kallif: legal and clearances
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 SEVEN exciting Associate Producers who have recently come onboard to support the series: Patty Cook, Nancy Finn, Sabine S. McDowell, Antoinette Roger, Kai Destiny, Suzanne Curry, and Eva Paris Cicinyte.