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STRAWBERRY SUMMER

Carlen May-Mann

A young girl's first menstruation and ensuing puberty open her eyes to a world of hidden dangers. As her comfortable and familiar life dissolves into a surreal nightmare, she must protect herself from the mounting threat of unwanted male attention.

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Writer and Director:
Carlen May-Mann is a filmmaker dedicated to personal and emotive storytelling. Her first feature-length script STRAWBERRY SUMMER is currently a finalist for the Sundance Screenwriters Lab, a semifinalist for the Black List/Women In Film Feature Lab, and a quarterfinalist in the Big Break Screenwriting Contest. It also placed as a BlueCat Screenplay Competition Semifinalist (top 72 of 3,272). Her Wesleyan University thesis film, BURN, BABY, won the NNK Award for Best Screenplay, as well as departmental honors. Carlen’s music videos have been featured on Impose Magazine and Fifty Third and Third. Her work as an art director and property master can be seen in feature films like A24’s MENASHE, Lee Wilkof’s NO PAY, NUDITY, and Ari Issler & Ben Snyder's 11:55.

Producer:
Royce Brown co-produced A24's MENASHE, which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival & the 67th Berlinale to rave reviews. Royce also worked as line producer at Sparks Next Inc., where he produced music videos and documentary shorts for the Jewish market. His other feature experience includes WHITE GIRL (art dept.), SHINERS (NY fixer) and SEASONS OF LOVE (set dresser).


Producer and Co-Writer:
Beck Kitsis is a producer focused on developing stories absent from mainstream media. Her first feature-length film STRAWBERRY SUMMER (in development) is currently a finalist for the Sundance Screenwriters Lab, a semifinalist for the Black List/Women In Film Feature Lab, and a quarterfinalist in the Big Break Screenwriting Contest. It also placed as a BlueCat Screenplay Competition Semifinalist (top 72 of 3,272). She is in post-production for a 16mm short film entitled THE INCONCEIVABLE MOUNTAIN (Roy W. Dean Grant Semifinalist) and developing another narrative short, THE TASTE. In addition to producing features, short films, and music videos, Kitsis opened THE LOOK OF SILENCE (2015), CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA (2015), and WHAT HAPPENED, MISS SIMONE? (2015) to critical acclaim. Her marketing work at Sony Pictures Classics has culminated in award-winning campaigns for SON OF SAUL (2015), TONI ERDMANN (2016), and ELLE (2016).


Co-Producer:
Maya Anand is the VP of Publicity at Cohen Media Group and former Director of National Advertising and Publicity at Sony Pictures Classics. After graduating from Harvard University and completing her honors M.F.A. in Film Directing at Columbia University, Anand directed award-winning shorts ANJALI, IRIS, and DASH CUNNING and produced feature SWEET LITTLE LIES. Her screenwriting work has been honored by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.


Editor:
Christopher McNabb is a 2016 Sundance Institute Documentary Edit and Story Lab Fellow and an Emmy Award winning editor. His past work includes Emmy Award-winning project {THE AND} (Official Selection, IDFA 2014), the accompanying short film {THE AND} MARCELA & ROCK (Official Selection, Sundance 2015), and the feature film WHOSE STREETS? (Magnolia Pictures, 2017), which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.


Original Music:
Told Slant
is the songwriting project of Felix Walworth, a multi-instrumentalist and producer born in Brooklyn, NY. Walworth's work has been featured on NPR's "All Songs Considered" and Pitchfork, among other recognized music publications and programs, and they have released two records under the name Told Slant, "Still Water" (2012) and "Going By" (2016). They also worked on a number of 2016 releases as a percussionist and arranger, including Florist's "The Birds Outside Sang," Ó's "Year of the Rabbit," Bellows' "Fist and Palm," and Yohuna's "Patientness." They are currently working on Told Slant's third full-length record.

 

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