Writer & Director
Richa is an award-winning NYC-based filmmaker. Films were not a big part of Richa’s childhood growing up in India, but it wasn’t until pursuing a statistics graduate degree in the U.S that she discovered independent and foreign cinema and fell in love with the medium. Her first short film, TAAZA KHOON (FRESH BLOOD), screened at Nashville Film Festival and won 7 awards across 27 film festivals eventually picking up distribution by Shorts TV India. She has been selected by 2019 Visible Poetry Project to develop an original poem into a short film, and is thrilled to present her second film THE SEAL, recipient of the 2019 Future of Film is Female grant, to the world.
Richa’s scripts have been shortlisted for Oscar-qualifying festivals such as HollyShorts Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival and received accolades from ScreenCraft Film Fund, Shore Scripts Film Fund, and Ocktober Film Festival. She was selected as 1 of 50 film directors from across the world for the Shore Scripts' Directors Roster. Her film writings have appeared on Static Mass Emporium, a UK-based independent film publication.
Richa is a strong proponent for increasing diversity in storytelling and serves as the Vice President of Development for NYC Women Filmmakers, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting women in film. More at www.richarudola.com
naomi mcdougall jones
Naomi is an award-winning writer, actress, producer, and women in film activist based in New York City. Her second feature film, BITE ME, with producers Jack Lechner (The Fog of War, Blue Valentine) and Sarah Wharton (That’s Not Us), which she wrote and also starred in opposite Christian Coulson (Harry Potter, Love is Strange, The Hours), Annie Golden (Orange is the New Black), and Naomi Grossman (American Horror Story) premiered at the Cinequest Film Festival, followed by a 3-month, 40+ city Joyful Vampire Tour of America that took the country by storm. Naomi’s first feature film, which she also wrote, produced, and starred in, was the 12-time award-winning Imagine I’m Beautiful. The film received a theatrical release and is now available on iTunes, Amazon, and GooglePlay (www.imagineimbeautiful.com). A pilot she wrote, The Dark Pieces, is now in development for television in Canada after having been named on The 2016 WriteHer List as one of the top 16 unproduced pilots by a female screenwriter. Naomi is an advocate and thought leader for bringing gender parity to cinema. She gave a virally sensational TEDTalk, What it’s Like to Be a Woman in Hollywood, which has now been viewed over 1 million times and can be seen on TED.com. She is the Founder and Chief Impact Officer of The 51 Fund, a private equity fund dedicated to financing films by female filmmakers. Naomi is currently writing a book, The Wrong Kind of Woman: Dismantling the Gods of Hollywood, which will be published by Beacon Press in February 2020. More at www.naomimcdougalljones.com
Jess is a New York-based producer, with over ten years of production experience in short and feature films, fiction and documentary, theatre, commercials, branded campaigns, corporate videos and live events. Her movies have been selected for international festivals worldwide, recently at the Tribeca Film Festival, Inside Out Film Festival and Palm Springs International Film Festival.
She co-produced the feature FAIL, winner of the Award of Recognition at 2017 Indie Fest and selected for the Anthology Film Archives at NewFilmmakers in New York. She was also an associate producer on the features KNUCKLEHEAD, starring Academy Award nominee Alfre Woodard and Gbenga Akinnagbe, and LET ME MAKE YOU A MARTYR, starring Mark Boone Jr. and Marilyn Manson, both available on most streaming platforms.
She also produced THE RING THING, a feature which mixes fiction with documentary to explore the intimate constructs of marriage and what it means to be committed. It has been selected for over thirty festivals around the world, now released by Gravitas Ventures and available on iTunes, Amazon and most streaming platforms. She also produced THE HONEYMOON PHASE, starring François Chau and Tara Westwood, a psychological thriller about a newlywed couple, who becomes a part of a futuristic experiment. Most recently, she produced THE SUBJECT, a drama about an upstart documentarian, who builds his success on the death of one of his subjects, currently in post-production.
In theatre, she was a co-producer on IT HAPPENED IN KEY WEST, a musical based on the true story of scientist Carl Von Cosel and his sick wife. It had its world premiere at the Charing Cross Theatre in London in the summer of 2018 and should have its U.S. debut in 2019. She was also an executive producer on THE HIDDEN ONES, an immersive theatre piece about Jews hiding during the Holocaust, premiering Off-Broadway in the fall of 2018. She was also a production manager on the MILE-LONG OPERA, a non-for-profit outdoor art piece produced by Diller Scofidio + Renfro and The Office performing arts + film, in collaboration with Friends of the High Line.
Upcoming projects include NORTHERN, winner of the Best Action/Adventure category at the Table Read My Screenplay, and VOLUNTEERS, a dystopian movie about two couples escaping a doomed society.
Vaishnavi is an independent filmmaker, speaker, writer and activist from Chennai, India who has worked in theatre and films for the past 7 years. She is known for her work in the field of cinema and activism involving an interplay of feminism and filmmaking.
Having written, directed, and produced all films under her production company, Lime Soda Films, she completed India’s first feature-length documentary on workplace sexual harassment titled, But what was she wearing?
To help female filmmakers worldwide connect, collaborate and create works in the audio-visual medium, Vaishnavi founded Women Making Films, a global community known for its effort to break the glass ceiling within the realms of domestic and world cinema.
maria jose fajardo
Maria has been working in media and production for more than 10 years. She is passionate about people’s stories and exploring truth. Maria has worked in varied aspects of the creative world and has supervised different projects, including tv commercials, radio, web videos and viral campaigns for clients such as BMW, Samsung, NFL, Odor Eaters, Virgin Mobile, AARP, CRS, IDT, and others. Because of her ability to be a mediator and work well with people, she has been the bridge between all members of the team in many occasions. She produced La Chunga aplay by Mario Vargas Llosa (Nobel Prize recipient) in NYC and Executive produced the Feature-Film How to Cheat.
She is also a teaching artist at People’s Theater Project, an organization which uses art to create social justice. Maria created ExploraSer, a series of conversations on video and podcast which “explore a more profound truth”. She is currently Associate Producer for the film Tribe with Tim Blake Nelson (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs) and is thrilled to collaborate with such amazing women in The Seal.
caroline mariko stucky
Caroline Mariko Stucky is an award winning Swiss-Japanese cinematographer with a fierce passion for American culture. For Caroline, film, the world of the image, is the ultimate language that trumps the kaleidoscope of spoken languages of her childhood.
Her most notable work as a cinematographer has been on "The Perfect Bunny" (2014), written and directed by multiple Goya Award winner Jorge Laplace, "Homage to Switzerland" (2015), an adaptation from Ernest Hemingway's short story, directed by Pierric Tenthorey, "Wishful Whiskers" (2017), a children's short starring Ilana Becker and Sophie Knapp, "Starfish" (2017), a feature film about grief and healing, starring Margaret Curry and Pascal Yen-Pfister, ”Brunch Wars", written and directed by Kamran Khan, which is a second collaboration with producer Pulkit Datta, writer/director of “Wishful Whiskers”, and “Carry Me” a show created by and starring Alison Bartlett, Chloe Levine and Joan Porter.
Anshu is a cinematographer born and brought up in Chennai, India. After completing a B.Sc. in Mathematics she joined L.V. Prasad Film and TV Academy. She graduated with a Diploma in Film Technology from the cinematography department in 2009.
She then worked as associate and primary camera operator for reputed cinematographer and 3 time National award winner Mr. Madhu Ambat. She was the associate cinematographer on the film Adaminte Makan Abu which won 4 National awards including Best Picture and Best Cinematography and went on to be India’s entry to the Oscars that year.
Anshu currently works freelance on advertisements, documentaries and feature-films out of Chennai and Mumbai. She has a good understanding of editing and after deep collaboration she successfully brings a style to film that the director requires.
Simon is an award-winning UK-born composer and two-time Sundance lab finalist (Composer’s Lab and Creative Producing Lab).
Simon has worked with iconic directors Mary Harron (AMERICAN PSYCHO), M. Night Shyamalan (THE SIXTH SENSE), Grammy-winners Julian Casablancas (THE STROKES) and David Torn (LARS & THE REAL GIRL), with whom he co-composed the acclaimed music for JESUS HENRY CHRIST (executive producer, Julia Roberts).
Noteworthy projects include the Winter Olympics campaign for Ralph Lauren, Amazon Original Series, THE NEW YORKER PRESENTS, (Sundance 2016), IMPERIUM (Lionsgate/Universal), starring Daniel Radcliffe and Toni Collette, SHE’S LOST CONTROL (Berlinale 2014 CICAE Winner and Independent Spirits nominee). Best original music award for ARE YOU GLAD I’M HERE (Brooklyn International Film Festival 2018), THE INTERPRETERS (PBS), Grand Jury Award winner, Austin Film Festival, MacArthur grant, and most recently, KING OF BEASTS (Gravitas).
Simon has been profiled by NBC News, ASCAP, and 15 Questions as well as mentions in Rolling Stone, Deadline Hollywood, Variety, Hollywood Reporter, Spin Magazine andIndieWire. Simon teaches film & TV producing at New York University, is on the board of HRTS-NY, an active member of the PGA, a recent juror at the Oscar-qualifying Bermuda International Film Festival and a frequent member of theTribeca Film Festival Programming Committee.
Nikolai Metin is a writer, director, and editor with a soft spot for unique takes on the universal human experience. Recent editorial credits include “Brighton 4” dir. by Levan Koguashvili, and “American Trial," a docu-fiction feature about Eric Garner’s death.
Production & costumer Designer
Alberto is a Brazilian-born Production and Costume Designer who has also held multi-creative positions as an Art Director, Set Decorator, Wardrobe Stylist and Costume Designer. Having worked with award-winner Directors and Producers, Alberto’s film-making background first began at the Fine Arts program at the Unviersidade Catholica de Petrópolis. Receiving a full scholarship, Alberto ultimately chose New York City to complete his studies in a two-year conservatory filmmaking program. which led Alberto to designer the production and costume for his schoolmates and subsequently to bigger projects . Alberto has credit under short, features, commercial and music video as Costume and Production Designer, Stylist and Art Director
CAST & CREW
Writer & Director
Naomi McDougall Jones
Jess Weiss (US)
Vaishnavi Sundar (India)
Maria Jose Fajardo (US)
Gabriel Turner (US)
Alena Svyatova (US)
Sheetal – Shahana Goswami
Ruben – Daquane Cherry
Papa – Sanjay Rajoura
Homeless Woman – Raveena Gupta
Caroline Mariko Stucky (US)
Production & Costume Designer
Alberto D’Fonseca (US)
Diane Ng (US)
Isabella Olaguera (US)
Maria Jose Fajardo (US)
Hair & Make-Up Artists
Rakhil Shamailova (US)
Eunbi Kwak (US)
Kat Cameron (US)
Haley Snyder (US)
Eliot Lukcas (US)
Amrith Shankar (India)
Snigdha Kapoor (US)
Miguel Garzon Martinez
Poster & Title Designer
On Set Medical Advisor
Dr. Lawrence Herbert
David De Leon
Sound Mixer - Heard City
Gloria Pitagorsky, Elizabeth McClanahan, Tom Morris, Rishabh Patel
"Dancing By The Pale Light"
Music Written & Performed by Aaron Taylor Kuffner
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