2013 PARTICIPANTS

Aubree Bernier-Clarke
Aubree Bernier-Clarke grew up in a haunted house in Louisville, KY. After spending the late '90s playing guitar in a riot grrrl band, she ended up in Portland, OR where she quickly landed her dream job – tour nanny for the band Sleater-Kinney. Through that gig she met director Lance Bangs and began working for him, helping to launch his production company Field Recordings. In her seven years overseeing the company, she also shot behind-the-scenes on films by Spike Jonze, Michel Gondry and Greg Mottola, and produced and edited a comedy special for David Cross and concert films for The Black Keys and Gossip. She also worked as a camera operator on the IFC show PORTLANDIA.

Since 2010 she has focused on directing, including commercials for Levi's and music videos for The Corin Tucker Band, The Thermals, Thao and The Get Down Stay Down and Mirah. She shot and directed a short film called VALENCIA, CHAPTER 3, based on the essential coming-of-age memoir by Michelle Tea, which will premiere at Frameline in San Francisco June 2013.

She continues to live and make films in a pink non-haunted house in Portland.

Cusi Cram
Cusi Cram is a playwright, screenwriter and performer. Her plays have been produced by The Denver Theater Center, The Williamstown Theater Festival, LAByrinth Theater Company, The Public Theater, South Coast's Rep's Hispanic Playwrights Project and Primary Stages. She is the recipient of the Herrick Theater Prize, a Camargo Fellowship and the Bogliasco Fellowship in Italy. Her play, "A Lifetime Burning," was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Cram has received three Daytime Emmy® nominations for her writing on children's television. She most recently was a story editor on Showtime's THE BIG C starring Laura Linney. Her play, "Dusty and the Big Bad World", was optioned by Points West (Jon Hamm's & Jennifer Westfedt's Production Company). Cram has acted in plays at The Williamstown Theater Festival, The Public Theater, LAByrinth Theater Company, Joe's Pub, and PS 122.

She splits her time between Greenwich Village and the Catskills. She prefers to do most things with her husband, the actor/writer/doodler Peter K. Hirsch.

Sarah Doyle
Raised in Sydney, Australia, Doyle's artistic journey took her to New York to work in theater where she collaborated as a playwright with New Dramatists and Soho Think Tank as well as members of The Wooster Group and LAByrinth Theater Company. Her creative energies eventually brought her to LA where she has continued to develop her voice as a writer, expanding into television and features as well as directing theater, a variety of music videos and other short form work.

This past year her original play "Anaconda" premiered in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Fringe Festival where it sold out its entire run and was an official selection for the Best of Fringe extension and nominated for Best International Show. Doyle will again direct "Anaconda" for the Tamarama Rock Surfer's 2013 season at the Bondi Pavilion Theatre in Sydney in November.

Other produced plays include "Feeling Feeling" (Hollywood Fringe Festival 2011), "Shiny White Diamonds" (Hollywood Fringe Festival 2010), "And At That Moment Everything Changed" (Old Fitzroy Theatre Sydney, 2009), "Megan Mostyn-Brown" (Old Fitzroy Theatre Sydney, 2006) and "Forest Blue" (HERE Arts Center New York City, 2005).

Anne Hamilton
Anne Hamilton got her start in filmmaking as a director's intern on Terrence Malick's THE TREE OF LIFE. She later worked on the production and legal side of filmmaking at Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts in New York. She holds a JD from Yale and a degree in philosophy from Stanford University. Her short film DEATH ARTISTS, INC. will premiere at the 2013 Newport Beach Film Festival and has been accepted to the Cannes Short Film Corner.

A Wisconsin native, Hamilton spent her high school summers working as a field hand on the local farms and falling deeply in love with the classic American films that provided her with a window to the rest of the world. As a young adult, Hamilton traveled the world in search of wider experiences to inspire her writing with hopes of self-discovery. She made the decision to go to law school after the 2004 election, hoping that she would be able to change the world for the better by becoming a lawyer. After spending most of her free time in the library outlining screenplay ideas based on cases assigned for class, she discovered that her true passion lay in film, and calls upon her previous experiences to inform her artistic development.

Hamilton is devoted to directing provocative and entertaining stories about the political, legal and existential problems that face us today. She is excited to be moving to Los Angeles this summer to pursue this ambition.

Tiffanie Hsu
Tiffanie Hsu is a filmmaker whose passion for storytelling traverses the silver screen to the stage. With roots in China, Taiwan, California and the American Midwest, Hsu's upbringing allows her to draw upon a variety of narrative traditions in her work.

Hsu's fascination with narrative began to evolve at Harvard University where she directed several short films, both live action and animated. In 2009, her animated short THREE BEAUTIES won the Thomas T. Hoopes Prize, Harvard's highest honor for undergraduate work. On the stage she revived the Hyperion Shakespeare Company, and was involved in over twelve theater productions as director, writer, actor and producer.

More recently, Hsu worked for three years as Ang Lee's assistant on the Oscar®-winning film LIFE OF PI. The artistically and technologically groundbreaking film took her around the world, filming in Taiwan, India and Montreal, and posting in New York City and Los Angeles. Prior to LIFE OF PI, she worked with Taiwanese popstar Leehom Wang on the Mandarin-language film LOVE IN DISGUISE, helping to storyboard, write and edit the final product. She later directed and edited Wang's music video "Needing Somebody."

Hsu is currently directing and producing a stop-action animated short and writing her second feature screenplay.

Erin Li
Born to immigrant parents in New Jersey, Erin Li's path to filmmaking began in the fine arts. Li studied painting at the Llotja School of Design and Art in Barcelona, Spain and her works have been showcased in New York and London. She discovered her love for filmmaking at Carnegie Mellon University while producing short films in conjunction with PBS and the School of Drama. After obtaining her bachelor's degree, Li worked in finance in New York and Hong Kong for several years before moving to Los Angeles to pursue her passion.

Li recently directed and co-wrote TO THE BONE, a short fiction film about child migrant farm workers in the U.S. that was produced as part of Film Independent's Project Involve Fellowship. The film made its world premiere at the 2013 Slamdance Film Festival and Li is currently adapting it into a feature film.

Li is also developing a feature drama that is an adaptation of L.A. COFFIN SCHOOL, a short fiction film that she directed and co-wrote as part of Visual Communication's Armed with a Camera fellowship.

Kristine Namkung
Kristine Namkung is an award-winning playwright ("Three Girls, Four Seasons"), and has won numerous screenwriting awards (SYMBOLIK, WORK OF ART). On a whim she went to law school. She then returned to Los Angeles and spent two years living on a sailboat recovering from it.

During this time she went on pitch meetings to get her scripts green lit. One pivotal day when arriving at a studio for a pitch meeting, she was mistaken for one of the women there to audition for a slot on THE BACHELOR. She decided that it was time to green light herself and went to evening classes to learn DIY filmmaking.

Since then she has been a recipient of the Panavision Grant for New Filmmakers for her short film THE PRICE FOR ASHES and is in post-production on a feature, QUARTER TURN. She is also in preproduction for a pilot, J.D.

Janine Salinas Schoenberg
Janine Salinas Schoenberg received her MFA from USC's Dramatic Writing Program in 2007. As a playwright she has had works developed and/or produced at Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble, CASA 0101, Center Theatre Group, Chalk Repertory Theatre, East LA Rep, Playwrights' Arena, South Coast Repertory, Watts Village Theater Company and the Inkwell Theatre in Washington, DC. In 2013, her newest play, "The Anatomy of Gazellas," will receive its world premiere in Los Angeles. She has been nominated for the Princess Grace Award and The Wendy Wasserstein Prize and was a quarterfinalist for the Nicholl Fellowship for her screenplay, TERCIO DE MUERTE. She was a member of the 2009-2010 Center Theatre Group's Writers' Workshop and a 2010 MacDowell Fellow. Schoenberg was also the recipient of a 2011-2012 Project Involve Fellowship through Film Independent, and her short film CHASING PENELOPE premiered at their 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival.

She is the co-founder of Lunamar Productions and is currently working on her first narrative feature. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, composer Adam Schoenberg.

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