Four Female Filmmakers Moving Forward
March 5, 2018 by Katharin "K" Mraz
Four female filmmakers are making waves in Chicago, and it is time to recognize them for the waves they are making! These four projects are F*CK STAN mini web-series, LVRS short film, the KAD short film, and THE HAVEN web Series. SCREEN MAGZINE is excited to get more insight on these female driven films, and the stories driving them.
F*CK STAN, a three-part mini web-series, was created and directed by Marrissa Coccaro of Chicago's Hyde Park, owner of Mighty Mouse Productions. The story is about three girls out for revenge on a guy, Stan, who has done each of them wrong. One character, Vicky, complains about him ditching out on a project she paid him for, which the remaining two have #MeToo moments with the antagonist. This set of three short episodes, each at about six minutes long, take us through their journey finding Stan, retrieving what they came for, and having an interesting run in with "Mrs. F*ck Stan," while discussing the vast complications of sexual consent between men and women. Starring Alex Diamond (Stan), Katharin "Ladie K" Mraz (Vicky), Sarah Patin (Jack), Marrissa Coccaro (Margo) and Cristiana Barbatelli (Stan's Wife), Cinematography by JP O'Rourke. Coccaro is excited to start pre-production on her next project, CASS, a re-telling of the story of Cassandra. More on Mighty Mouse and Marrissa here.
LVRS from director Emily Bennett touches on the topic of domestic abuse. The project, currently in production in Chicago, features some of Chicago's well-known filmmakers, including Cinematographer John Klein, Producer Keaton Wooden, and Editor Wade Crockett. On top of that,Bennett brought in some talented East Coast crew, including Phil Skippy Adams (SFX) and Sharon Marcussen (VFX). Bennett, taking on the lead herself, plays a woman stuck in a dreamlike state where she's constantly being robbed of her identity to a mirror-masked man, played by Cole Simon, who covers up her pains with pretty gifts. This powerful short also took on the challenge of artistically using projection to create the setting, as well as live set pieces to bring it all together. LVRS is designed to be an interpretive piece based on experiences far too many women have to live through, and promises to move you. Follow LVRS on Facebook here.
Ladie K Productions, Inc. is shooting the short film KAD the first week of April in Chicago, marking Chicago filmmaker Katharin Mraz's directorial debut. KAD, a common abbreviation for Korean American Adoptee, touches on the topic of identity in regards to interracial and international adoptions. KAD, a day-in-the-life dramatic short goes through the main character, Kate's, typical day as she struggles with societal pressures from all around. The short film is currently casting its lead actress, but has an impressive line up of local talent, including Helen Joo Lee, Jose Santiago, and Tony Domino. Mraz is happy to be working with Dru Montague, Director of Photography, as well as local Chicago crew that includes Jeff Wexler (Gaffer), Jacob Brown (Sound), Linda Wyatt (Production Designer), Scott Feigen (Executive Producer/ Locations), and Michelle Rose Nobs (Hair/Makeup). Learn more about KAD at their Facebook page.
Catching up again with THE HAVEN, an episodic "tragedy comedy" web series shooting primarily on Chicago's west and north neighborhoods from the witty delightful mind of Mia McCullough. SCREEN MAGAZINE as there during the production's first run of shooting, and is excited to be covering their next move, episode 3, MEREDITH starring Co-Producer to the project, Elizabeth Laidlaw of Lakeside Shakespeare Theater shooting in April, and Episode 1, The Pilot, which goes into production later in 2018. "THE HAVEN launched its mission to empower women, people of color, and non-gender-conforming folx by telling their stories and bringing employment opportunities to under-utilized members of Chicago's talented and vibrant arts community." The web-series promises to showcase not only a primarily female dominate cast, but a completely female crew including Reshmi Hazra as director, Grace Hahn as Associate Producer, Megan St. John as Line Producer, and Andrea Kinnerk as Director of Photography. Currently the project is hosting a fundraiser Saturday, March 10th from 2-4pm at Third Unitarian Church, 301 North Mayfield, Chicago. This is a free event, and will be screening the first two episodes of THE HAVEN! For more information check out the thehavenweb.com
Katharin "K" Mraz is a Chicago-based Producer, Screenwriter, Production Designer, Actress, Model, and the owner of three media companies based out of Chicago, Ladie K Productions, Inc., Creative Works Media, Inc., and Smart Pretty Designs, Inc. Learn more about K here at LadieK.com or email her at info@LadieK.com