Director Biography – Danielle Da Silva, Jeffrey Garriock (PWB SERIES: MOUNTAINS UNITED)

Danielle Khan Da Silva is an internationally-acclaimed and award-winning photographer//writer/director, as well as a conservationist, scholar and activist with mixed ancestry derived from Central/South Asia, Europe and Micronesia. Danielle is most passionate about using storytelling to connect people to the earth and to each other. Danielle was the first female photographer/director to be an artist-in-residence at the Hermann & Audrey agency in Toronto; here she started her filmmaking career in the music video industry before transitioning to commercial advertising, and finally into short documentaries. Danielle is the creator and director of the Photographers Without Borders Series, a series of stand-alone or stand-together short films that each follow a talented and entertaining photographer working in the field with a grassroots cause somewhere in the world. Several of the films in the series have been screened at film festivals worldwide, and have earned several awards including the Los Angeles International Film Festival award for Best Documentary, and the Peoples’ Choice Documentary Award and the Judges’ Award at the Human Trafficking Awareness Film Festival.

Danielle has worked with hundreds of NGOs in over 80 countries, and learned more than 6 languages including English, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, some Swahili and Indonesian (she can also read and write in Arabic). Most recently she is the recipient of a Canadian Top 30 Under 30 Sustainability Leaders Award, and was listed as number 2 in Matador Network’s Top 17 Female Photographers of 2017; she was also in their Top 5 Women Changing Media list; she was also nominated for the 2018 Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award. One of her first major lectures was a TEDx talk called “Grassroots Narrative,” and she has since gone on to do a second TEDx talk called “Connection is the Key to Conservation.”

Web Series: PWB SERIES: MOUNTAINS UNITED, 19min., Canada, Documentary

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Join photographer Matt DeLorme as he documents the resilient Himalayan mountain communities who are battling the effects of climate change without sacrificing their way of life.

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Web Series: NEMAUSUS, 5min., France, WebSeries/Sci-Fi

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Ben just turned 30. He’s a shy man, and is in love with his coworker Diane. He’s got two main passions in life : Historical reconstitutions with his figurines club, and his job at the Tourism Office in Nîmes, which consists in taking visitors on board across the city.

After a sad birthday party, he’s about to go home when he runs down a man with his car. Terrified, he approaches the poor man, only to discover that he’s facing a Roman named Volesus, who only speaks Latin and has travelled through time to show up in our present days.

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Director Biography – Jamie Maule-ffinch (TITS UP)

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I’m an award winning comedy commercials director from the U.K whose shot for a host of big brands all around the world.

I’ve written spec sitcoms and movies. I’ve directed plays and short films the last of which – Morning After – won best comedy at the 2017 Discover Film festival.

I’m currently working on a number of new projects the most substantial of which is a sitcom co-created with director Dan Zeff and set to star Jason Donovan.

This is my first comedy web series.

Director Biography – CJ L Arellano (THE COAT ROOM)

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C.J. ARELLANO is a Chicago-based award-winning screenwriter and director who specializes in queer-themed, comedic, and sci-fi content. He has directed several web series, including the gay sketch comedy project, John Loos: Too Big for This World, which screened at the New York Television Festival in July 2018. He has directed video for globally renowned brands such as McDonald’s, ConAgra Foods, and The Second City. C.J.’s feature screenplays have won grand prizes at the New York Screenplay Contest and Columbia College Chicago’s Written Image Contest.

Director Statement

It was an instant yes from me when comedy writer-performer Julia DiFerdinando asked me to help her bring “The Coat Room” to life. With biting insight and aching humor, her writing explores how we yearn for connection and discover uncomfortable truths about ourselves. To key the viewer into her character’s ambivalent emotional state, I wanted the coat room setting itself to ooze two things at once: the delicious promise of a fun night ahead, and that creeping FOMO feeling that the fun might be happening in the next room. With this collection of sharp Chicago comedy talent presiding over our heroine’s journey of growth, I hope viewers find that the fun is happening right in front of them. Please enjoy “The Coat Room.”

Web Series: THE COAT ROOM., 10min., USA, WebSeries/Comedy

Dfad439ae4 posterThe Coat Room is a comedic web series about a troubled woman in lingerie who traps herself in the coat room of a party, hoping to entice her one true love. Instead, she keeps running into guests (1 guest per episode) who just want to get their coats.

The series stars Second City writer-performer Julia DiFerdinando and features a killer lineup of Chicago comedy talent, many of whom have graced the Second City mainstages in the past or currently: Katie Klein, Susan Messing, Pat McKenna, Nnamdi Ngwe, Rashawn Scott, Andrew Knox.

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