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A Nun, a Spy and an Elf Tell a Genre-Spanning Tale of Sexual Misconduct for Brooklyn Film Fest

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‘The Gathering’ by TBWA\Chiat\Day and director Emily Elizabeth Thomas tells a story of Hollywood’s dark side using its iconic movie language

A Nun, a Spy and an Elf Tell a Genre-Spanning Tale of Sexual Misconduct for Brooklyn Film Fest
A new film has just debuted for the Brooklyn Film Festival to kick off the festival in New York starting today. 

The organisers of the 2019 Brooklyn Film Festival (running until June 9th) wanted to go beyond Brooklyn this year to tell the stories that Hollywood won’t tell - with a short film inspired by real accounts of alleged sexual misconduct in the film industry. 

Directed by Emily Elizabeth Thomas of Derby Content for Brooklyn Film Festival (BFF) and created in partnership with TBWA\Chiat\Day New York, "The Gathering" tells the stories of three Hollywood actresses who never got the part, depicted during a chance encounter that reveals their shared experiences. From the costumes to the voiceover, the subtleties and symbolism scream in a way that Hollywood - and the world - understands.

The film will be free for everybody to watch, regardless of location or ticket holder status, to remind us that every story matters, and to support those who are telling them. Shorter 30-second and 2-minute cuts of the film will also be screened before each BFF 2019 film program.

The website also has behind-the-scenes content that provides viewers more context as to why Brooklyn Film Festival made the film, talking more explicitly about the issues of sexual misconduct in Hollywood. This includes interviews with the directors, cast and crew. 

This year’s mostly women-run Brooklyn Film Festival will feature the largest presence of female directors within a single festival edition to date - with women accounting for four out of six festival programmers.

Inspired by the acceleration of women’s movements, BFF’s 2019 theme-statement, "The Gathering" aims to empower filmmakers who are thinking and working in critical systems, outside of the box and against all odds.
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Post Production / VFX

VFX Artist: Adam Greenberg

Creative Agency

Creative Agency: TBWA\Chiat\Day New York

Chief Creative Officer: Chris Beresford-Hill

Executive Creative Director: Amy Ferguson, Julia Neumann, Chris Rowson

Producer: Sarah Haroldson, Craig Helfer

Strategist: Elise Reichard

Associate Creative Director: Shannon Murphy, Line Johnson

Senior Art Director: Marjorie Vardo

Head of Design: Chris Rowson

Senior Designer: Robyn Makinson

Head of Production: John Doris

Executive Producer: Amanda Revere, Jen Vladimirsky (Interactive)

Post Producer: Pietra Cangialosi

Editor: Jon Lynn, Craig Helfer (Associate)

Business Director: Nora Chivelly

Business Manager: Meredith Zambito

Group Planning Director: Matt Kuzelka

Director of Business Affairs: Jennifer Bilyk

Business Affairs Manager: Anne-Camille Charpie

Digital Strategy: Tom Hyde (Executive Director)

Content Manager: Bodi Karsono

Animator: Connie Chen

Designer: Vivian Lee (Animator), Bonnie Wang, Dawa Kyisarh

Senior Cinematographer: Jon Lynn

Poster: Rebecca Mass (Layouts)

Group Planning Director: Matt Kuzelka

Post-producer: Pietra Cangialosi

Production Company

Production Company: Derby

Director: Emily Elizabeth Thomas

Executive Producer: Rebecca Niles

Producer: Madeleine Askwith, Lizzie Shapiro, Stephanie Arce (Company 3)

DOP: Alexa Wolf

Production Design: Eugene Choi

Costume Designer: Laura Gordon

Editor: Stephania Dulowski

Assistant Director: Rachel Morgan

Production Co-ordinator: Max Lovera

1st AC: David Merino

2nd AC: Madai Villa

Sound: Heather Monetti

Gaffer: Julian Tran

Grip: Ty Ebata

Make Up: Rachel Estabrook

Hair Stylist: Kayla Fenwick

Wardrobe: Brady Drose (Assistant)

Art Department Assistant: James Bianchini

Post Producer: Charlotte Delon

Colorist: Jenny Montgomery

Swing: Johnathan Tang

Prosthetics: Chelsea Paige

Truck PA: Adam Kenner

PA: Tyler Foltz, Matthew Parish


Casting: House Casting, Neil Myer (Director), Rebecca Yarsin (Assistant), Mary Callahan (Assistant)

Cast: Caroline Hewitt as The Spy, Chanel Carroll as The Nun, Elizabeth Ward as The Elf Queen, Chelsea Watts as The Waitress

EP: Sasha Hirschfeld (Exile)


Sound Company: Sound Lounge (Marshall Grupp)

Sound Recording: Craig LoGiudice (Re-Recording Mix)

Sound Design: Rob DiFondi (Trailer)

Executive Producer: Becca Falborn (Sound Lounge)


Composer: Jon Hubbell, John Barnes (Credit Track), Daryl Pinsdorf (Trailer)

Music Company: Human

Executive Producer: Carol Dunn

Producer: Joshua Green

Genres: People, Storytelling

Categories: Sports and Leisure, Cinema and Theatre

TBWA\Chiat\Day LA, Fri, 31 May 2019 17:00:59 GMT