CLASS OF 2017

Joey Ally

Joey Ally is a writer, director, actor and producer from New York. She is a graduate of Amherst College with a double BA in political science and French, and of the Williamstown Theater Festival Acting Apprentice program.

Ally received her film mentorship from Rick Rosenthal, Megan Griffiths and Lynn Shelton. Her award-winning writing/directorial debut MINIMUM WAGE premiered at the Palm Springs International Shortfest 2015 and PARTNERS, which she directed/produced, premiered in the U.S. Dramatic Shorts section at the Sundance Film Festival 2016. Her films have also screened at the Mill Valley Film Festival, Newport Beach Film Festival, BFI:Flare, among others. She received the 2014 MOFILM for Cannes award, associate-produced the documentary HOW I GOT OVER (AFI DOCS 2014) and won Video of the Year 2015 from William Morris Endeavor for a spoof of THE OFFICE that she co-wrote, directed and produced.

Ally lives in Los Angeles and is currently developing several projects through her company SilverOx Pictures.


Gillian Barnes

Gillian Barnes began her career as a commercial director under the Maysles Films banner, and has brought her unique style to a diverse roster of clients (including ABC, NBC, Nike and Sony). She won an Emmy® for writing and directing a series of public service announcements commissioned by PBS, and an ADDY Award for her directing work with Optimum Online.

Other credits include a 10-part series for Vanity Fair called THE SNOB'S DICTIONARY, nominated for Best Video Series by the American Society of Magazine Editors, and honored at the 2014 Webby Awards. Along with Judd Apatow, Don Cheadle and Brett Ratner she was selected to create a film for the magazine’s centennial, an intimate look at the suffragist movement that starred Gaby Hoffmann. Barnes has also directed a six-part series on eco-innovators for Ford Motors and Adrian Grenier, the CNN Heroes broadcast, a TEDClinique collaboration featuring world-changing women, a film for the Stand Up To Cancer telecast and a documentary about the history of glitter for Etsy.com. This year she created a series of comedic shorts for the hit TV show LIP SYNC BATTLE.


Lorette Bayle

Lorette Bayle is an award-winning filmmaker who first produced and edited documentaries and PBS programs before directing short films. Bayle studied Broadcast Journalism at Brigham Young University and Theater and Film Directing at the California Institute of The Arts (CalArts). She has worked for the Sundance Institute and has assisted the producers at American Zoetrope. After CalArts, she worked for FIND on Project/Involve and then for Kodak, first running their education programs then working with independent feature filmmakers. As Kodak’s Studio Features Account Manager, Bayle worked directly with production executives at the major studios including Universal, Sony, Disney, MGM, DreamWorks, and Lionsgate.

Bayle’s recent work, The Bake Shop Ghost, has screened all over the world, winning over a dozen awards for best short film, including at the Cannes-American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase and Short Shorts Tokyo. The film also screened in the opening night showcase of the Seattle International Film Festival and the Rhode Island International Film Festival, where it was awarded Most Popular Film. It was also honored with the Best of the Fest Audience Award at the Palm Springs ShortsFest.


Rosie Haber

Rosie Haber is a writer/director based in Los Angeles. An alumna of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and a Global Social Change Fellow, she has focused on making international films to explore how common human experiences connect people across borders. She has directed projects in the U.S., Bolivia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines and India — including music videos for MTV India’s Artist of the Year, Monica Dogra.

She is also a graduate of the prestigious Yaddo Artist Residency, Film Independent's Artist Development Labs as well as Outfest's Screenwriting Lab. Her short, JELLYFISH, took home the Grand Jury Prize at Outfest 2014 and her film RELAPSE is currently on the festival circuit. She is also the co-creator and director of a new digital documentary series that explores the lives of queer youth in the American South entitled NEW DEEP SOUTH.

Besides her own directing work, Haber is the writer and a co-producer of the screenplay adaptation of the iconic queer novel "STONE BUTCH BLUES" which is currently in development.

In addition to film, Haber has a background in working with youth; she ran HBO’s Digital Dove Program, which helps homeless youth tell their stories through film, and acted as a mentor for young filmmakers of color in Outfest’s Outset program.


Tannaz Hazemi

Tannaz Hazemi was born in Tehran during the Iranian Revolution — and via Sweden, Chicago, Milan and Paris, she made it to Brooklyn in one piece. At 19, she published a book on contemporary music with MTV Italy, then worked as a freelance journalist, and later as on-camera talent for Tele+ and VH1. For five years in France she wrote fiction while closely observing the cultural patterns of diehard Europeans during a financial crisis. Today she writes screenplays and directs shorts.

Hazemi's most recent short BEFORE THE BOMB was awarded 'Best Short Film' by the Young People's Jury at TIFF Kids / Toronto International Film Festival. It took her to the Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at Cannes Film Festival, and it has won 22 awards, including Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Actress. For the movie she produced an original cover song with singer SoKo. Her scripts have won several screenplay contests, including in 2016: The World Series of Screenwriting, the Genii Awards, and The American Film Award.

She is currently developing a short film series with VICE.


Courtney Hoffman

Courtney Hoffman has spent the last decade working in costume design for film, enabling her to witness and learn from a wide variety of directors, cinematographers and actors including Tim Burton, Emmanual Lubezki, Terrence Malick, Robert Richardson, Stephen Soderbergh and Christoph Waltz.

Since making the leap to costume designer, she has most recently designed Quentin Tarantino’s THE HATEFUL EIGHT and Edgar Wright’s next feature BABY DRIVER. Some of her other costume design credits include: the soon-to-be-released CAPTAIN FANTASTIC, THE BOY NEXT DOOR, LIFE PARTNERS and PALO ALTO.

Hoffman was named one of Glamour's "35 Women in Hollywood Under 35", featured in Variety's Below the Line Impact Report, and was touted “Queen of the Indies” by Vanity Fair.


Maggie Mahrt

Maggie Mahrt’s love for the arts has led her down a diverse path of experience. Out of college she was cast in the title role in THERESE, a critically acclaimed, one-woman drama that toured the U.S., Canada and Europe for four years.

Mahrt’s next endeavor found her in the world of photography and art, specializing in painting commissioned works of Byzantine icons.

Her short film CHOW BELLA played at festivals around the world and won the Audience Choice award at the San Diego IndieFest. She gained critical recognition for the web series BUMP+ and her commercials for THEBOUQS.COM. Mahrt also spent three seasons on the hit NBC drama GRIMM as assistant to showrunner/writer/director David Greenwalt.

Currently Mahrt serves as the lead in-house director/producer for Yellow Line Digital, where she creates commercials, short films and mobile content for brands and cause-connected clients.


Manjari Makijany

Makijany is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker who discovered the magic of storytelling while working in Mumbai's vibrant theatre scene. Her experience as an assistant director spans from working on tent-pole films like THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE-4 to independent films like GANDHI OF THE MONTH, SAAT KHOON MAAF and most recently assisting Patty Jenkins on the prep for WONDER WOMAN.

Manjari wrote, directed and produced THE LAST MARBLE, a critically acclaimed short film that was featured as the BEST OF FEST at the Clermont Ferrand Short Film Festival. It won BEST FILM at The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne, and was screened in over 30 film festivals worldwide. Her second film, THE CORNER TABLE, was screened in Cannes as part of the Emerging Filmmakers Showcase at the American Pavilion.

Her feature script, CITY OF GOLD, was nominated for the Nate Wilson Joie de Vivre Award in 2015 at the UCLA Professional program in Screenwriting. Manjari also produces and directs branded digital content under her company, Mac Productions. Driven by compelling human stories and heartwarming subjects, she’s currently writing a romantic-comedy exploring the complexities of urban relationships.