BUTCH PAL FOR THE STRAIGHT GAL
Butch Pal for the Straight Gal is a unique reality-based comedy about five women (aka the Fierce5) empowering straight women to throw away societal gender norms and fearlessly harness their unique inner voice. So many women suffer from poor body image, low confidence levels, or find themselves stuck in codependent relationships that can limit their true potential. The Fierce5 hones in on a woman’s true voice, then helps her step into her power and bring that voice to the forefront. That can mean restructuring a woman’s closet, minimalizing her makeup routine, showing her how to change own tire, or literally teaching a woman to fish!
Country of origin: United States
Director: Assaad Yacoub
Writer: Ally Johnson
Producer: Helena Sardinha
Cast: Ally Johnson, Lauren Flans, Mandahla Rose, Mav Viola, Teresa Lee, Elizabeth Ellson, Ryan W. Garcia, Dot-Marie Jones
Director bio: Assaad Yacoub is a filmmaker know for his debut feature film Cherry Pop that was bought by Netflix for worldwide distribution in 2017 and premiered at Hulu early 2020. His work has been featured in major publications including Entertainment Weekly, Billboard, Nylon and Paper Magazine. Assaad has had the opportunity to direct over 20 RuPaul's Drag Race Queens for their music videos totaling in over 14 million views in less than a year of the released date.
Synopsis: A four episode web series about three young women individually trying to escape their responsibilities by hanging out in the carpark of a doughnut shop, only to fall into a surprising friendship triangle and a series of adventures.
Country of origin: Australia
Director: Sarah Bassiuoni
Writers: Tasnim Hossain, Monica Kumar, Sophea Op
Producer: Elliot Clifford
Cast: Tasnim Hossain, Monica Kumar, Sophea Op
Director bio: Sarah Bassiuoni is a Sydney-based writer and director. In 2018, since earning her first writing broadcast credit for additional writing in On the Ropes an SBS/Lingo Pictures production, Sarah has since gone on to be a script editor and write an episode of The Heights for Matchbox Pictures/ABC. Sarah is also currently working in development on a new drama for Fremantle Media, co-creating a drama for Screentime for SBS and has another original project in development with Matchbox Pictures. In 2019, Sarah directed a four-part narrative comedy web series, Carpark Clubbing, for ABC’s iView and she was also selected as part of Screen Australia’s Developing the Developer Program which, aims to build diverse voices in the screen industry. The program commenced with an intensive workshop to enhance the participants’ development skills, after which Sarah was invited to be an external assessor for Screen Australia. As part of this initiative, Sarah is undertaking her placement at Fremantle Media in 2020. More recently, Sarah was appointed to the Gender Matters Taskforce, supported by Screen Australia.
EMBARRASSING PARENTS ANONYMOUS
Synopsis: When the embarrassing antics of newly single dad Ben get out of control, his eleven year old daughter Lara joins a clandestine support group for kids like her: Embarrassing Parents Anonymous.
Country of origin: Australia
AN INTRODUCTION TO THRIBING: SNAPSHOTS OF KIREN
Synopsis: Snapshots into the life of South African international student, Kiren, as he attempts to get his life together in New York, by confronting his body image issues and strained friendships. All while fighting off the dark influence of an anarchist manifestation of his dead childhood dog, Mr. Dapper.
Country of Origin: United States
Director: Rohil Aniruth
Writer: Rohil Aniruth
Producer: Rohil Aniruth
Editor: Rohil Aniruth
Director of Photography: Natalie Wolford, Marlise Chu
Cast: Rohil Aniruth, Tara Rose Schreiber , Iris Bahr, Zachary Guttman, Santangelo Williams