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Moon originally started as just a visual idea and Toy Lei’s (the writer) love of smoked salmon sandwiches. The script remained unfinished and forgotten until the summer of 2020, the summer from hell, when her computer fully died. More hell… Weeks later, as she was transferring files to her new machine, she rediscovered the script, and realized that her techno-hell had became her creative grace. She finished the script in 10 minutes. Perhaps it was the living through challenging times and the isolation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic that allowed her to truly feel the depth of a person’s sadness and the joys of true human connection. Just as the lead heroine of Moon is reminded of the good times throughout the bad times in her own journey.
Selected as one of the top 5 new filmmakers by the prestigious Asian-American Film Lab and New York Women in Film and Television, for her 2012 directorial debut THE WEDDING, Toy Lei is a multi-talented director, actor, fight choreographer and swordswoman. Lei has won multiple Film, Best Actress, Best Action, Best Stunts awards across the breadth of her projects, and she has screened at prestigious festivals such as Etheria and San Diego Comic-con. In 2019 her feature-length script of BOXER was a semifinalist at the iconic Austin Film Fest. In addition, in 2019, not only did she attended the highly selective NYWIFT FS2P directing program in New York, but also, she directed and 2nd-unit directed several projects ranging from shorts to branded content web series which were crewed and cast with Emmy winners. And now, she is proud to have MOON as her next project. Lei is a proud mom to her dog, Wilfred.
Born and raised in Michigan, Suzanne moved to LA in her twenties and worked at Animation Magazine, Time Inc. Magazines, Entertainment Weekly and then Fortune. In 1997, she took the helm as editor of International Cinematographer Magazine. In 2003, she was hired by Panavision, and spent 10 years as the Worldwide Communications Director, and after a brief stint with Bexel and Sim International, she began consulting for Sony. Her writing has appeared in American Cinematographer, International Cinematographers Guild, The Hollywood Reporter, and she currently writes for Sonycine.com. She holds membership in the American Society of Cinematographers, the Visual Effects Society and Alliance of Women Directors and now, with all combined, has built a deep network of filmmakers and producers.
Venita Ozols-Graham is a writer/producer/director who spent many years in the Hollywood machine working as a First Assistant Director/Associate Producer on film and television like The X-Files, CSI, Star Trek DS9, The Shield, Veronica Mars, Alien Nation, The District, Make it or Break It and many more. She went from being a First Assistant Director to forming her own production company, Wanderlust Films (US) and has produced many award winning short films as well as an indie feature called ‘Black Widows’ under this banner. Her film “Who Wants Dessert” is currently touring the festival circuit.
Allison Vanore is the Emmy Award-winning producer of the six-time Emmy winning series After Forever, which is the most Emmy-awarded LGBTQ-themed series ever. She also directed the After Forever special Riley’s Unforgettable School Project which was released during Covid. Allison produced Emmy-winning horror anthology series Dark/Web. Allison is co-producing the animated CryptTV series Woman in the Book for Facebook Watch. Between 2015-2019, Allison served as the Head of Production for Canvas Media Studios where she produced shows including Emmy-nominated drama Vanity starring Denise Richards and Karrueche Tran, and fashion competition show Wear it to Win It for Facebook Watch. Allison’s recent award-winning films include Buck Run, The Rainbow Experiment, and 42 Seconds of Happiness. Allison serves on the executive board of non-profit Women in Media, an organization whose mission is gender parity above and below the line, in all departments, on every crew. Allison is published in the book “Thriving in Hollywood” by Ms. In The Biz.
Dan has over 16 years of experience working as a Line Producer and Production Manager on numerous television shows and independent feature films. He has traveled all over the world and throughout the United States. Dan’s credits include the Hulu TV show Dimension 404, and features such as Ask Me Anything, Scout, Machete Maidens Unleashed and The Last Survivors.
Farida is a South Asian First Generation American Producer/ Director/ Social Impact Storyteller that makes art that activates, develops stories that have the power to catapult and loves to amplify diverse narratives and community building.
A vibrant, Italian, cinematographer, Ludovica Isidori holds an MA in Cinema and Television studies from IULM, Milano and a MFA in Cinematography from AFI, Los Angeles; there she received the Olivadotti Scholarship for craftsmanship excellence. In 2015, Ludovica was selected as a Cinematography Fellow for Project Involve, the diversity program of Film independent. Since then, her projects have premiered at SXSW, Slamdance, Fantasia, HBO, Outfest, Diversity in Cannes and many others. In 2017, Ludovica shot her first feature, The Blackout, for the Argentinian director Daniela De Carlo. Between 2017 and 2018 Ludovica won two cinematography prizes, for her short Intercept, directed by Jackie Stone, and Peggie, created in collaboration with Rosario Capozzolo. In 2018 she shot her third feature, Test Pattern, for director Shatara Michelle Ford; the piece, an independent story about love and consent, won the Jury Award at the New Orleans Film Festival and is now distributed by Kino Lorber. In 2020, Deceased Ones, a tv pilot shot for the New York-based Kate Hopkins and Emily Kron, was selected by Tribeca Film Festival.
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