EPISODIC LAB

Run-Ins

a short series about the worst type of human interaction.

 

Written by Justine Neubarth, Run-Ins is a comedy series about those unwanted, awkward encounters in New York that we've all begrudgingly endured.


In order to support and connect women in film, we have approached this project as an Episodic Lab. With this new, exciting lab format, each episode features a different female director and female cinematographer, creating a mosaic boasting different female voices and aesthetics.

We have now completed production on season one, but if you are interested in getting involved in future iterations of our lab...

Contact us!

Featuring: Aron Canter, Nick Caruso, Txai Frota, Matt Korahais, Talya Mar, Caitlin Morris, Mary Kate O'Neill, Rudy Roushdi, Ayiesha Alizai Sadik, Julia Sirna-Frest, Aubrey Taylor, Chanel Waterhouse, and J.T. Wood.


Meet the Cinematographers

Meet the Directors

Connie Saltzman

Connie Saltzman

Connie Saltzman is a director, actor, and singer-songwriter from Bucks County, PA. She is the cofounder and director of project:girl, a film series about girlhood that premiered at HBO's ITVFest 2017. She is performing as a lead in The Year of the Solar Eclipse, a new play benefitting Planned Parenthood in the Planet Connection Theater Festival this July. You can also see her acting on Season 3&4 of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix, opposite Robert DeNiro in The Comedian, and as the award-winning lead in the independent thriller Honeybee, out on Amazon & iTunes. She loves writing songs about overly personal topics and plays her music around New York under the pseudonym Lilo.

Amanda Madden

Amanda Madden

Amanda is a filmmaker, artist, and emotional explorer from the West, living in Brooklyn. For the past 8 years, she has worked in media in New York, directing and producing promotional and narrative content and as an editor.

 
She is currently working on a few experimental video projects as well as pursuing her masters degree in the Integrated Media Arts program at Hunter College.  As a Creative Director of the storytelling initiative, Collective Sex, she co-directed and edited the short film, Names of Women, has produced a collection of activist videos, and most recently directed, edited and was an executive producer of the TV pilot, Mercy Mistress.

 
She is interested in stories about identity and relationships, community and connection and bold storytelling (both the stories told and the process of telling them) that values authenticity, collaboration, and experimentation.

Naiyah Ambros

Naiyah Ambros

Naiyah Ambros is a filmmaker, writer, and producer based in Brooklyn, NY. Her short film In the Wake premiered at the Lady Filmmaker's Festival in Beverly Hills, CA, and was screened as a part of Pitch Her Productions' Riveter Series in New York. Her documentary shorts Black. Womxn. and Firm Ground were shown at multiple exhibitions, including at the Granoff Center for the Arts in Providence, RI. Naiyah received degrees in Modern Culture & Media and Political Science from Brown University. She currently works on the Scripted Development team at Refinery29 where she develops for television and film. 

Maggie Robinson Katz

Maggie is a Performer and Writer-- she is a member of Brooklyn's Premier Dolly Parton Cover Band, Doll Parts, and is currently working with WNYC and the New Yorker Radio Hour on a podcast hitting the air waves this summer. She is extremely grateful to Pitch Her for giving her the opportunity to direct! 

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Taylor Coriell

Taylor Coriell is a New York-based actor, writer, producer, and redhead who hails from Kentucky. She has appeared in film, commercials, webseries, regional theater, and on a national tour.  Taylor is also a two-time finalist for the Sundance/YouTube New Voices Lab. Her first webseries, You're The Pest, received a spot in Big Vision, Empty Wallet's Kickstart Diversity program and will premiere the rest of Season One in Spring 2018! Taylor recently joined the writing team for the second season of the award-winning webseries, Redheads AnonymousOther recent/upcoming projects include Run InsSuper Girl Gang Turbo Squad 5000A White Guy Grows In Brooklyn, and Keep Me Posted

Despite her hatred of pumpkin spice lattes, she REALLY likes other basic things like baking cupcakes and going to brunch. Taylor would describe her spirit animal as 50% Kimmy Schmidt and 50% that lady who takes airplane lavatory selfies in the Flemish Renaissance style.

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Jaclyn Gramigna

Jaclyn is an award winning film and theater director who uses humor to push boundaries and social consciousness. Since graduating from NYU, with a BFA in Film & Television Production, she has directed upwards of 16 short form projects, which have screened in a variety of film festivals. Two plays that Jaclyn directed won first place in theater festivals and she has since had the opportunity to collaborate with playwrights to adapt 3 plays into films. In 2013 she was highlighted as an "emerging filmmaker to watch" in Miramax's blog and in 2016 she was the keynote speaker at the Visions Film Festival & Conference.

Gramigna currently freelances, producing, writing and directing branded content and interactive audio experiences but plans to shoot her debut feature film, a psychological thriller, in 2018. She is a proud member of NYWIFT, The FilmmakeHers and Filmshop, and is an activist for underrepresented voices in film.

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Serena Kuo

Serena Kuo is a Brooklyn-based cinematographer, director, and colorist. The focus of her visual storytelling is the unsaid language that exists in the space between and around her subjects. Serena's work encompasses narrative, documentary, music videos, and digital branded content. Her films have traveled to more than 50 international and domestic film festivals, such as Sundance, SXSW, Frameline, Slamdance, and SIFF. 

Snigdha Kapoor

Snigdha Kapoor

Snigdha is a Cinematographer and Director, a visual storyteller with a background in Journalism and Advertising who finds the process of communicating through films liberating. Her work spans from narrative (feature and shorts), music videos to experimental and commercial content. She believes that just like writing or directing, the art of cinematography as well embraces understanding subtext, subtleties and deeper psychology to best visually represent the story, characters and the tone. She is known for her work in Shattered beauty that won her best cinematography at Asian American Film Lab. As cinematographer, her feature film Antofagasta, New York is set to be released in New York and Colombia after a successful run in Chile being included in Chilean film catalog (2017). As Director, her films Vera's Song and Now have won Best International Film and Best Film (Youth) at Pink City International Film Festival respectively along with screening at the reputed Santander Film Festival “Short and Think” in 2015.
She strives to Learn. Collaborate. Create.

Samantha Panger

Samantha Panger

Samantha Panger is a New York based Director of Photography. Her background as a camera technician on narrative and documentary features, television, commercials, and web content has given her a wide range of skills to use in her work to play with light, expand her skill set, and manifest the creative ideas of directors. Her work on short documentaries such as WELL GROOMED and JUST THE MUSCLE traveled the festival circuit in the US and won Best Short at the Toronto Independent Film Festival and a Vimeo staff pick. Her work with Collective Sex on the short NAMES OF WOMEN has also been on tour around the country and in collegiate settings such as Colgate and Wesleyan inspiring women and their partners to share their stories without judgement. She recently completed a pilot titled MERCY MISTRESS, a project that will explore the world of the kink community through their own stories with an emphasis on honoring marginalized voices. 

Samantha is interested in collaborating with socially conscious filmmakers who like to use a strong visual style to tell authentic stories. 

Kaliya Warren

Kaliya Warren

Kaliya Warren is an award-winning director and cinematographer, and a member of Brooklyn production company Illium Pictures.  A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, her short The Grown-Ups received top awards at NYU's First Run Film Festival. The film was nominated for a National Board of Review award, and was an official selection of HBO’s Urbanworld Film Festival. In 2015, Warren was selected as a Shadow Director on ABC's renowned industry showcase, ABC Discovers. In 2018, her short Revelation was selected to show in IFC’s Short Attention Span Cinema Series.


Warren directs and DPs commercial work for clients including Delta Air Lines, PepsiCo, and Paramount. Most recently, she directed a documentary in Tanzania on maternal and reproductive health for Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Liza Gipsova

Liza is a NYC-based cinematographer fascinated by humans, light and stories of identity, location and the why. She enjoys collaboratively developing and crafting the visual language unique to each story, and puts social relevance at the forefront. She draws from an exhaustive background in traditional, digital, photographic and theater arts, before coming up in the ranks of the camera department and co-founding Curiouser Creative, an award-winning media production company. In her downtime, Liza enjoys traveling, southern exposure, dancing enthusiastically and her batdog Jessie.

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Alexa Wolf

Alexa is an NYC based Director of Photography with a sophisticated visual sense built on a deep knowledge of cinematic history and an eye for finding beauty in the moment. With years of experience in the camera and lighting departments, her creative visual storytelling is backed by a comprehensive knowledge of modern cameras and lighting techniques. She works in all genres, though she holds a special love for narratives and the visual unfolding of strong stories.

Caitlin Machak

Caitlin Machak is a Brooklyn-based cinematographer, known for her story-driven style and her happy set presence.

She studied at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and FAMU, the Czech Republic's National Film School in Prague. Caitlin recently shot the feature film Ask for Jane, an independent feature film about The Jane Collective, written and directed by Rachel Carey and starring Cait Cortelyou, Cody Horn and Alison Wright. Her work has screened at prestigious film festivals such as the Cannes Film Festival, the Palm Springs International Film Festival, and the Northside Film Festival. As a member of the International Cinematographers Guild, Caitlin has worked on many award-winning independent features and TV shows, most notably Netflix's House of Cards and HBO's GIRLS. 

Through her work, Caitlin has gained mentors, supporters, and collaborators on her current and future projects.


Justine Neubarth - Creator of RUN-INS

Meet the creator!

 

JUSTINE NEUBARTH is a writer and sometimes-performer now (recently) based in LA. In her previous life as a New Yorker, she made sketches and web series as a member of the comedy group Bioux, including as a co-writer on MyBnB (winner of the Made in NY award at the 2016 Brooklyn WebFest). In her present life, she ferries Diet Cokes and answers phones as an assistant on The Blacklist.  She has written for NBC Sports and Produced By Magazine and The Hairpin, and is a graduate of Williams College.

@thatjustine

Graphic Designer

Taylor Goodell Benedum is a graphic designer and illustrator based in CT. She is a mom of two, wife of one, and in addition to her day job, has her own freelance design company called Bright Lights Design and gets to take on super fun and hilarious freelance gigs (like this one!). She told us to write that she said "it's an honor to work with hilarious people and support epic projects like this"...so we had to listen and write it.

www.brightlightsdesign.com 

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Katie Falter

Associate Producer

Katie Falter is a NYC based director and producer from the Buckeye State. She directed and produced the FringeFAVE run of The Starter by Sean Murphy at the 2015 New York International Fringe Festival. Favorite credits include Broadway: ALLEGIANCE. National Tour: Disney's Beauty and the Beast. NYC: RETREAT/Electra (Two Headed Rep), Animals Out of Paper (YOLO! Productions), BOHEMIAN LIGHTS (LiveSource), Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (YOLO! Productions), and Mother Jones and the Children's Crusade (NYMF). She is also the Associate Producer of Pitch Her's recent series Keep Me Posted. Proud alum of Otterbein University.

 

 

WEB MINI-SERIES

Keep Me Posted

A comedic web series about three friends and their relationship

...with their cell phones.

Keep Me Posteda series created by Hillary Nussbaum, is a biting look at the impact of texting and social media on our closest relationships, told through the lives of 3 female friends trying to grow up without growing apart. In the process, they grapple with everything from career crises, dating and marriage, to self-doubt, anxiety and depression.

Hillary Nussbaum

Hillary Nussbaum

HILLARY NUSSBAUM is the Writer, Director, and Executive Producer of Keep Me Posted. She has worked as a Producer and AD on multiple comedic shorts, and associate produced Pitch Her Productions’ inaugural short film, Our Everlasting Universe of Things, which played at festivals around the country. Previously, she was a writer and researcher for the hit series Cash Cab, as well as Manager of Development at Lion Television, a production company specializing in unscripted programming for national cable networks.

 www.hillarynussbaum.com

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