The Digital Hollywood Experience

The Digital Hollywood Experience

 

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

The DigiFest - Co-Sponsored by Women in Film - HollyShort - NALIP

12:00 PM – 1: 45 PM, Herscher Hall, Guerin C

The Comedies

1. @GirlsIauditionwith - Created by Robin De Lano & Alexandra Case

2. The Charlie Show - Created by Charlie Gelbart

3. One Mime at a Time - Created by Mhairi Morrison & Holly Payberg

4. Hey You, It’s Me - Created by Suzanne Schmidt, Frankie Ingrassia, Kerith Lemon

5. Everybody Does it - Created by Megan Brotherton (content creator for FunnyorDie.com)

6. Matt & Dave are so Depressed - Created by David Zarif, Greg Hirsh, Matt Warren and Michael J Lambie

 

1. @GirlsIauditionwith - Created by Robin De Lano & Alexandra Case

ALEXANDRA CASE: Blonde and bushy-tailed (20’s, 30’s... 40’s) - Whatever you need, she can be it! Always up for an adventure, Alex left her tiny Vermont farm town to pursue big town acting dreams. Despite having only two credits to her name, Alex always sees her resume as half full. Her goal is to book a leading role in a comedic feature... not a nude one. Or a nude one... she's warming to the idea

ROBIN DE LANO: California native, Hispanic-ish, (28-31), who’s she kidding,(31-34). Robin is an actress/singer working 182 side jobs to support her career. Her main gig is playing Background Troll #2 at PrincessLand theme park. Even though she can't seem to get out of the chorus, Robin believes she is a leading actress who will one day walk the red carpet at the Academy Awards.

 

2. The Charlie Show - Created by Charlie Gelbart

CHARLIE GELBART: Charlie Gelbart is a comedienne, writer and producer based in Los Angeles. Creating characters for nearly a decade, she loves to shake things up and challenge the status quo. The characters depicted in The Charlie Orange Show represent internal struggles that Charlie noticed amongst her peers as well as in herself. Fully immersed in the personas, she goes as far as changing her body weight 30 pounds between characters. She is fearless when it comes to engaging with the public; thriving in the hidden camera environment. She graduated from iO West and the Second City Hollywood; and has performed regularly in house teams and independent teams at various venues across LA. You can also see her in such films as Semi-Pro starring Will Ferrell. She studied theater arts at the South Coast Reparatory in Orange County and the HB Studio in New York City. She is a graduate from California State University, Long Beach with a B.S. degree in Finance.

 

3. One Mime at a Time - Created by Mhairi Morrison & Holly Payberg

MHAIRI MORRISON: Mhairi attained her BA in Theater from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama before studying movement and mime at Jacques Le Coq, Paris. Following her training, she formed a theater company, performing as a clown throughout Paris. Moving to London, she began working in TV and film. Feature film credits include Young Adam (with Ewan McGregor and Tilda Swinton), Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself, O, Jerusalem and Green Street Hooligans. TV credits include Murphy’s Law, Casualty (BBC), Missing (ITV) and Emo (C4). Theater credits include Blues For Mister Charlie (Tricycle), Faeries (Royal Opera House) and Low Life (Blind Summit). Since moving to LA she has performed regularly as a stand-up comic. In 2013 she created Feathers and Toast with Holly Payberg and together they have created and produced 2 seasons of award winning comedy Feathers and Toast, weekly vlogs and daily mimes.

 

HOLLY PAYBERG: Holly is an inspired Writer/Producer and Second City grad with over 15 years of hands on experience working with some of the biggest names in the business. Notable writing and producing credits include the feature film The Guardians, and web series Feathers and Toast, GG’s Java Joint and The Sex Trade (which garnered 7 awards at LA Webfest including Outstanding Original Comedy).

 

4. Hey You, It’s Me - Created by Suzanne Schmidt

SUZANNE SCHMIDT: Suzanne is a content creator, producer, acting coach/professor, and actor. Her recent producing projects include Hey You, It’s Me (www.heyyou-itsme.com and now streaming on Seed&Spark,) and Humane Treatment (www.humanetreatment.net.) Suzanne’s newly formed company, High Tide Pictures, strives to create inspirational and relatable female-driven content. As an actor, Suzanne is currently nominated as Best Actress at the International Online Web Fest (IOWF) and Newark International Film Festival (NIFF) for her portrayal of the character Sam in the web series Hey You, It's Me. She has graced theatrical stages throughout California and her television credits include Sons Of Anarchy, Days of Our Lives, and Hillbrook Gardens (2016). Suzanne’s film credits include Lilin’s Brood, Apt 123, The Dark Mirror, Mr. Maples, Mechanic, Building America, and watch for her in Dark Sky Picture’s upcoming graphic novel film, Monster School. Suzanne grew up in a small town in Northern California where she began performing theatrically at the age of 7. She went on to earn a BA in Dramatic Arts from USC, an MFA in Acting from Northern Illinois University, she is a graduate of Upright Citizen’s Brigade, and she has studied extensively at Stella Adler LA and The Moscow Art Theatre (MXAT) in Russia. She now resides in Los Angles and works as an Actress, Acting Teacher/Coach, Content Creator/Writer/Producer and Voice Over Artist.  Suzanne also narrates and sound-edits audiobooks. You can find her latest titles, 24 Hour Roommates and The Unexpected Performance at www.audible.com.

 

FRANKIE INGRASSIA: Frankie has been acting professionally since 1993 when she starred opposite Holly Hunter in Michael Ritchie’s HBO original and Emmy Award winning film, The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader Murdering Mom. In 1999 she worked with Reese Witherspoon and Matthew Broderick in the Oscar nominated film Election. Frankie has guest starred in many network television shows such as The Mentalist, Cold Case, Grey’s Anatomy, Bones, Without a Trace, andThe X-Files to name a few.  She is currently a recurring voice on Tyler the Creator’s new Cartoon The Jellies. Frankie has shadowed many directors including Alexander Payne and M.Night Shyamalan.  She has worked as a reader for directors Shane Black and Jessica Sanders and has now partnered with Suzanne Schmidt to create female-driven content. In her free time Frankie is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University to better equip herself in the field of storytelling.

 

KERITH LEMON: Kerith Lemon is an American writer, director and creator with rich experience in multi-platform storytelling and creative narratives.  Lemon has worked as a programming and production executive at CBS Radio, Nickelodeon and MTV Games and most recently the OWN Network, where, as Vice President of Digital Video, she created and directed a full slate of original digital series for the networks digital platforms. Driven by her passion for stories that emotionally connect, Lemon is drawn to narratives that elevate women, mirror societal complications and create dialogues amongst a broad audience. Her directorial debut, A Social Life, premiered at the Canberra International Short Film Festival, where it was awarded the prize for Best International Actor and has garnered 930,000 views online.  Lemon's production company currently has multiple feature films and commercials in development for 2017.


5. Everybody Does it - Created by Megan Brotherton (content creator for FunnyorDie.com)

MEGAN BROTHERTON: Writer-director-actress Megan Brotherton is a comedian based in LA. She earned her MFA in Acting at the American Repertory Theatre at Harvard University, which included a 3-month residency at the Moscow Art Theatre in Russia. Megan wrote, directed and starred in EVERYBODY DOES IT, a short comedy that premiered in 2015 at Dances With Films Festival as well as Austin Film Festival and several others, earning a Best Comedy Award and rave reviews. Megan's new film, BUTTERCUP, premiered at the 2017 Sun Valley Film Festival followed by the Cleveland International Film Festival. Megan writes and performs sketch comedy and performs improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles. She also directed a pilot that she wrote and several episodes of GOLDEN CALIFORNIA Seasons 1 & 2 as well as numerous funny videos featured on FunnyorDie.com. Megan's currently working on a new sketch with Funny or Die, due out next month.