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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.



Writer and Director:
Carlen May-Mann is a filmmaker dedicated to personal and emotive storytelling. Her first feature-length screenplay STRAWBERRY SUMMER is a Cinereach supported project and was recognized by Tribeca/AT&T Untold Stories (top-15 finalist), the Sundance Screenwriters Lab (finalist), the Black List/Women in Film Feature Lab (semifinalist), and the BlueCat Screenplay Competition (semifinalist). STRAWBERRY SUMMER is slated to shoot in 2019, with Carlen as director. Carlen’s past work as director includes one short film shot and edited on 16mm (BURN, BABY, 2014) and two music videos (“Home” by The Meltaways, 2016; “Bite My Tongue” by Eli Sundae, 2018). “Home” debuted on IMPOSE Magazine and was featured on 50 Third and 3rd, and “Bite My Tongue” debuted on AdHoc. Carlen graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in Film Studies and Psychology. She was awarded departmental honors, the NNK Award for Best Undergraduate Film, and the Leavell Memorial Prize for Outstanding Work in Film Studies.

Producer and Co-Writer:
Beck Kitsis is a writer and producer focused on developing stories absent from mainstream media. Beck is currently producing NARROWSBURG, a documentary directed by Emmy-award-winning filmmaker Martha Shane (AFTER TILLER, 11/8/16), and in post-production on a 16mm short film entitled THE INCONCEIVABLE MOUNTAIN. Her first feature-length narrative film STRAWBERRY SUMER is currently receiving support from Cinereach. It also placed as a finalist in the Sundance Screenwriters Lab, the Sundance Creative Producers Lab & Fellowship, and Tribeca/AT&T Untold Stories (top 15). In addition to producing features, short films, and music videos, Beck 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 culminated in award-winning campaigns for SON OF SAUL (2015), TONI ERDMANN (2016), ELLE (2016), CALL ME BY YOUR NAME (2017), and A FANTASTIC WOMAN (2017). Beck graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in Film Studies and East Asian Studies from Wesleyan University.

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).

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 opened the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. He is currently editing NARROWSBURG, a documentary directed by Emmy-award-winning filmmaker Martha Shane (AFTER TILLER, 11/8/16). 

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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