2015 PARTICIPANTS

Amy Barrett

Amy Barrett began her career as a journalist, contributing regularly to The New York Times Magazine and other national publications. She also attended the William Esper Studio's two-year acting program and performed in downtown New York theaters such as La Mama, the Public Theatre, Culture Project and Expanded Arts.

Barrett's debut short, THE THIRD DATE, played at the Tribeca, Nantucket, London and Santa Monica film festivals and was released by Hart Sharp Entertainment. In 2013, she wrote and directed WHAT SHOULD WE WATCH?, a short film starring Amy Landecker, which debuted at the NewFilmmakers Fall Series in New York City.

Barrett's most recent short film, LARS & JONATHAN: A BERLIN FRIENDSHIP, made last year while living in Berlin, is currently being submitted to festivals. She currently resides in Los Angeles.


Christine Boylan

Christine "Kit" Boylan's obsession with dramatic literature began during her Brooklyn childhood, which led to studying James Joyce's Ulysses in Munich, Germany, on a Fulbright grant. That same year, her one-act play "Every Third Thought" premiered at the Samuel French Off-Off-Broadway Short Play Festival.

Boylan has since directed workshops of new plays and readings of old plays, and was awarded the TV drama spec award at the 2004 Austin Film Festival with her SIX FEET UNDER spec script "The Strike." She has since worked on the television shows LEVERAGE, OFF THE MAP, CASTLE and ONCE UPON A TIME. She is currently a co-executive producer on CONSTANTINE and has just completed the Writers Guild of America's Showrunner Training Program.

Boylan also writes short stories and plays and has written comic books for DC, Marvel, Boom, Tokyopop and NBC. Her first short film, COME FLY WITH ME, premiered at the 2014 Austin Film Festival.


Dime Davis

Dime Davis is a Texas-bred storyteller, filmmaker and creative.

After earning her first professional writing credit in 2010 on a hit show for TBS, Davis wrote scripts for other major players such as Lionsgate, Debmar-Mercury and Centric TV.

Davis has directed a number of independent projects including short films, music videos and web series. Most notable was her produced pilot, 20 SOMETHING, co-created with her creative partner and written by Davis. With each project, she has strived to remain an activist first, using her craft to help the fight for diversity and equality within cinema and the world.

Davis spends her days as a producer for the Ayzenberg Group, writing and directing original content. Additionally, she is currently in post-production on her latest independent project, NIK + ROB.


Claire Fowler

Writer/director Claire Fowler is a filmmaker from North Wales, United Kingdom

After studying at Oxford University and the Royal College of Art, she made a number of human rights-themed documentary films that screened at festivals internationally, including Sheffield Doc/Fest in the United Kingdom., the London-based Human Rights Watch Festival and the International Film Festival Rotterdam. In 2008, she won a Fulbright Scholarship to study film at Columbia University and graduated with an MFA in Screenwriting.

In 2014, her feature screenplay LITTLE HOUSE won the Grand Prize in the Shore Scripts Screenwriting Competition and Starz Denver Screenwriting Competition, and was one of 10 projects to go into development in 2013 with Cinematic, the feature-funding scheme run by the Film Agency for Wales.

Her most recent short film, TWO MISSING, was made with Parkville Pictures and premiered at Palm Springs International ShortFest in 2014. Fowler continues to develop her own projects while working as a script supervisor in New York.


Mia Lidofsky

Mia Lidofsky is a New York-based director and producer from Providence, Rhode Island. She moved to New York City the day after graduating from Bates College, to start working on the set of John Cameron Mitchell's RABBIT HOLE. Soon after, she began to assist director and now mentor Jesse Peretz (OUR IDIOT BROTHER). She spent years on various sets with Peretz, most notably two seasons on HBO's GIRLS. She next assisted director Richard Shepard on WGN's pilot for SALEM, and helped produce the initial phase of HBO's THREE SUITS, a documentary about LGBT-friendly tailors.

Lidofsky cut her teeth directing music videos for bands such as MOTHXR; the project G, the collaboration between Genevieve Schatz and Jimmy Giannopoulos (LOLAWOLF, Reputante); and English singer Emmy the Great. Her latest video is for the song "Colors," the lead single off of Genevieve Schatz's debut solo album, which will be premiering soon.

The latest projects she helped produce for the company — PEOPLE, PLACES, THINGS, by writer-director Jim Strouse, and TIG, a documentary about stand-up comedian Tig Notaro — premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Lidofsky is currently working for Beachside Films as an all-encompassing "maker of things."


Erica Liu

Erica Liu is a Taiwanese-American filmmaker who grew up within arm's reach of Hollywood but moved halfway around the world to Singapore to pursue her filmmaking dreams at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts Asia. As an undergrad, she studied history and political science at the University of California, Los Angeles. She has spent several years working as a freelance photographer and graphic designer. As a cinematographer, she has shot documentaries and short films throughout Asia, including in such countries as Indonesia and the Philippines.

Liu's most recent short film, SPRINGTIME, screened at Palm Springs International ShortFest, Clermont-Ferrand and Jameson Dublin International Film Festival and received the Crystal Heart Award at the Heartland Film Festival. She just wrapped shooting a short film in Taiwan about a young man who inherits the ancestral family ghost from his eccentric grandfather.


Bella Monticelli

Born in Australia, raised between Sydney and Wyoming and educated in London, Bella Monticelli is a writer/director in Los Angeles. While studying fine art at Central Saint Martins in London, Monticelli worked for the fashion icon Isabella Blow. She then went to South Africa and worked on the feature film DISGRACE, starring John Malkovich, as the assistant to the director. This was the moment when Monticelli fell in love with filmmaking.

On her return to London, she worked her way up from production assistant to director on the television series LIVE FROM ABBEY ROAD, working with musicians such as The Killers, Green Day, Mary J. Blige and many others.

She has worked for Jane Campion, Daniel Barber, Michael Winterbottom, Annabel Jankel and countless others as a photographic researcher building a look in pre-production for many films.

Monticelli's background in fashion has meant that she has worked as an art director and continues to consult for brands including Gucci, Versace, L'Oreal, Madonna and H&M. She continues to direct music videos, fashion films and commercials through Pretty Bird in LA. In 2013, she directed a short film SHALL WE TRY AGAIN.


Rebecca Murga

Rebecca Murga is a writer, producer and director of news and documentary films. She produces and directs in both English and Spanish, with work featured on MundoFox, ABC, CBS and AFN. Currently, she serves as a Captain and Broadcast Chief in the U.S. Army Reserve. Murga has covered combat stories about U.S. soldiers in Iraq and was attached to Special Operations in Afghanistan.

Murga is a passionate advocate for veterans and women's issues, with articles published in The New York Times and The Global Journal and has appeared on GOOD MORNING AMERICA and THE VIEW. Recently she was featured on NPR as the director of WAR INK, a short documentary that tells veterans' combat stories through their tattoos.

Murga is on the board of advisers for Veterans in Film & Television. In 2014, she was accepted into the Veterans Writing Project, hosted by the Writers Guild Foundation, and tutored under screenwriter Marie Weiss.

A native of Chicago, she is a graduate of Kutztown University of Pennsylvania.


Philiane Phang

Philiane Phang is a "recovering lawyer" who was born in Jamaica, where she spent Saturdays watching John Wayne movies. Inspired by her love of movies, she wrote her first novel and performed in local productions. Soon thereafter, her family migrated to the United States.

Phang went on to study business at the University of Florida and law at Rutgers University. Switching direction with her life, she moved to New York and immediately landed a role in an off-Broadway play. She became dissatisfied with the characters she was being offered and began to write again.

She wrote and produced her directorial debut, SERENA STRONG, which was selected to screen at the 2014 BET/HBO Urbanworld Film Festival. Her screenplay "The Space Between" was selected to participate in the 2014 Sundance Screenwriters Intensive and Film Independent Screenwriters Lab. She was one of six directors selected for the 2015 Film Independent Directing Lab. Phang was awarded the first inaugural Ammon Foundation Fellowship for a Female Filmmaker at the 2015 Spirit Awards.


Chelsea Woods

Born in Pasadena, California and raised in Bryanston, South Africa, writer/director Chelsea Woods is passionate about connecting the world through the medium of film.

Woods graduated in 2011 from the University of Chicago, where her thesis film, ELEVATED, received honors. She began her career in film and television working on director Ava DuVernay's second feature film, MIDDLE OF NOWHERE. She continued to work in production on television shows including TOUCH, CRIMINAL MINDS and, most recently, AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.

Woods is currently developing her first feature film, EVANGELINE.