The Latest News from the Zip Creative Community

Naomi McDougall Jones has just brought on Emmy Award-Winning casting director Judy Henderson to cast her second feature film, Bite Me, which will be going into production in Spring 2017 with up-and-coming Canadian director Hannah Cheesman (Whatever, Linda); and producers Jack Lechner (Blue Valentine), Jonathan Bronfman (The Witch)  and Sarah Wharton (That’s Not Us). She is just launching a major women’s film fund will be giving a TEDxTalk in Boston on November 19 on the effect the lack of women in film has on our daily lives and the ways in which we have the power to change it.

Amy Guggenheim‘ s Intrinsic Value has just launched – a new consulting service for filmmakers and others to address their writing needs such as pitches, concept, director’s statements and visual materials. She also did a test shoot for her dramatic feature film When Night Turns To Day with actors, Kendo Players, sword choreographer and more.

Shari Berman has just completed her Super 8 experimental film Woman and will be directing a surreal short film titled Giving Notice, written by Christopher Dunlop. Her second feature film Sugar! began its festival tour last month and has already won major awards in all four festivals it has played including the latest   at the The Glendale International Film Festival (Los Angeles) where it won 3 awards- Best Female Director for Shari, Best Actress (Alice Ripley) and Best Cinematography (Fletcher Wolfe). Upcoming screenings of Sugar! include The Big Apple Film Festival and the High Falls Film Festival.

“Three Trembling Cities,” a new webseries written and directed by client Arthur Vincie, is coming out online in October!  The 10-part fiction/doc series is an intimate portrait of the inner lives of a group of immigrants, as they struggle to live and thrive in NYC.  Here is the first trailer:

Kerstin Karlhuber is currently touring with her feature film Fair Haven on its international festival run. Fair Haven, which has been called, “deftly and meticulously directed”  and “a potent, stirring new film” has been acquired by the Academy Award-winning, worldwide motion picture sales, marketing and distribution firm The Little Film Company. Kerstin was lucky enough to attend the Cannes Film Festival in May, where Fair Haven was featured in Le Marche du Film. The film is also currently playing theatrically in Germany and more territories are releasing soon. Kerstin is actively developing two new narrative films and a limited series.

This past summer, Ian Belton launched the 24 Hour Film Festival while he continues to develop Operation Babylon for the screen and Baghdad Radio  for the stage. In January 2017, there will be the first public showing of his new musical collaboration with Jim Findlay called Electric Lucifer.

Danijela Stajnfeld has been working on the documentary film titled Hold Me Right, about the aftermath of sexual assault. Visit the website for a trailer and mission statement. They conducted about 30 interviews with survivors of sexual assault from various backgrounds and stories throughout the country. With this film, they hope to produce a “live pamphlet” of how to understand and be there for the survivors of sexual abuse, to raise awareness and aim to stop this silent epidemic of crime in all parts of our society. The film will be translated into 10 languages and released in the early 2017.

Sarah Krusen is a video editor and writer currently working full-time as an assistant editor at a commercial post-house in Manhattan.  Before commercials – Sarah co-edited and post-supervised a feature documentary-drama filmed in Bosnia; was the lead editor for a docu-drama filmed in Michigan; traveled the globe filming and editing wedding videos; and freelanced for a variety of clients.  Be sure to check out her work at

Jonathan Flowers teaches piano, voice, and music theory/composition to children, teens, and adults through his studio Mindful Music in the Philadelphia area. His innovative teaching approach incorporates mindfulness practices to help students enhance mental focus, creativity and relaxation. In addition to teaching his rapidly expanding clientele and performing concerts as a pianist, Jonathan recently presented lectures on mindfulness for Pennsylvania Music Teachers’ Association and West Chester University. He is presently working on a book and forthcoming blog The Mindful Musician.

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