Director BIOS: Nina Gerstenhaber, Jessica Stanley (THE ROSE GARDEN)

Director Biography – Nina Gerstenhaber, Jessica Stanley

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Nina Gerstenhaber
I was born on April 10, 1994 in Paris, France. My family and I moved to Israel when I was 13 and I then moved to America to study animation. I grew up drawing, watching movies and reading books, so I pretty much always knew that I had a passion for storytelling and the entertainment industry. I always loved to draw but the movie that really made me want to do animation is Spirited Away. I remember that this was the first movie that made me notice the character animation and how great and subtle it was. After my military service, where I worked as a graphic designer, I wanted to move to America to study animation. I looked up the top colleges for CG animation and found Ringling College of Art and Design. During my time at Ringling I have gained tremendous experience and exposure to the field of animation and received hands-on training through various projects. After my graduation, I would like to keep evolving in an inspiring environment where I can continue to develop my skills and grow as an artist.

Jessica Stanley
Jessica was born August 24, 1996 and grew up in The Woodlands, Tx. From the moment she could pick up a crayon she was always drawing. Throughout school she drew comics and wrote short stories. Thanks to her cinephile father, she was raised with a TV always playing a movie, and was constantly absorbing films. Some of her greatest influences from this time were Spirited away, The Dark Knight, and Amelie. In high school she chose to combine her two loves- drawing and film- and pursue a career in animation. Ringling was the next logical step for her.

While she is constantly looking to expand and change up her artistic sensibilities, she is currently highly influenced by fables, Miyazaki, and Brad Bird. She hopes that with each work she creates she pulls the audience into a fantastic world and relieve them of the real one for a brief moment. She
hopes that through viewing her work, the audience could learn more about themselves and become better people and a population as a whole.

Jessica has taken online courses outside of her Ringling education to further her studies including courses at Concept Design Academy and CG Master Academy. In the summer of 2017, Jessica was a story intern at Pixar Animation studios. Her group’s senior film was chosen as part of the Best of Ringling senior Computer Animation films.

After graduation, Jessica hopes to be a storyboard artist at a feature film studio and travel in her free time. She enjoys baking, finding obscure indie bands, and brewing rare teas.

Director Statement

This film was created with an intent to guide the audience through a whimsical journey that proves in the end to only be a distraction for the real message of the film. It was heavily inspired by fables and folk tales and the elegant simplicity of their messages. Fables long history in storytelling and universality of their messages resonated with us- few stories are universally known but fairy tales and folk tales have survived centuries- and our film was built to be a homage to them. The film aiming to create a modern fairy tale- following the tropes and structure of fairy tales while introducing modern design, setting and character elements.
We felt the short film format was perfect for short, simple universal messages, perfect for the fairy

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Short Film: INCALL, 10min., USA, Thriller

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INCALL is a confrontational thriller about sexual power play, greed and deception explored from a female perspective. It examines issues that have traditionally been avoided by moviemakers because of a gender bias to stereotype women as softer and more compassionate. It portrays three women as confident, complex, sexually focused characters who represent the modern woman. This project hopes to raise awareness of these challenging yet critical concerns.

Project Links
  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 50 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 31, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Canon C300 MKII
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2:39.1
  • Film Color:
    Color

Short Film: SHE CAME FROM THE WOODS, 12min., USA, Thriller

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A campfire story comes to life for a group of counselors on the last day of the summer of 1987 at Camp Briarbrook.

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Director BIO: Philip Rachid (HOODYMAN)

Director Biography – Philip Rachid

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Kurdish film maker Philip Jamal Rachid was born in 1978, Sofia, Bulgaria and raised in Amsterdam.
He is a self taught writer and director.

His first recognition came when he shot a short film on a Flip cam in Kurdistan 2011 and the film was screened at the Duhok International Film Festival. In 2014 he won the Samsung Short film competition at The Dubai International Film Festival. After that he won the Silver Act Responsible award in Cannes for a UN Female Rights awareness campaign in 2015.

With his latest short documentary film project “SHE” he has won 7 awards and has had screenings over 10 festivals and counting, globally.

His films always have Humanitarian themes or are Underdog stories.

Currently he resides in Dubai and shares his experience and knowledge with new generation peers through consultancy, workshops and lectures at NYU-Abu Dhabi, SAE, Studio TwoFour54, ImageNation, Panasonic Master classes.

THRILLER Best Scene Reading of SPY HIGH by Jeff Woodward

Thriller/Suspense Film and Writing Festival

A hopelessly romantic young teacher is on the verge of settling for a safe but unexciting job at Langley High School – just a mile from the CIA – when he is accused of assisting the Russians in an impending nuclear attack plot; after he is coerced into being an undercover agent, the teacher must suspect everyone he knows, including the girl he loves, if he is going to unmask his deadly but unlikely opponent, and thus prevent Armageddon

Monarch – Omar Aufi
Narration – Salma Dharsee
Mitch – Sean Ballantyne
Prof. Conigliaro – Shawn Devlin

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

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