CLASS OF 2020


ROBIN CLOUD

Robin Cloud is a Los Angeles-based comedian, writer, and director. Her first narrative short, OUT AGAIN, was executive-produced by Refinery29 as part of their Shatterbox Anthology and premiered in March 2017. OUT AGAIN received rave reviews and screened at over 35 film festivals. Cloud is currently in production on her first docuseries with Topic. She has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Diva Magazine, GO magazine's "Top 100 Women We Love" and Time Out New York's "Quote of the Week." Her writing has been published in Guernica and within the anthology "Outside the XY: Queer, Black, Brown Masculinity."

Cloud graduated cum laude from Howard University's School of Communications, where she studied film under Haile Gerima, and Columbia University where she received a master's degree in Historic Preservation. In addition, she studied cinematography at the School of Visual Arts.

Her production company Cloud Creative Media was launched in March of 2016 and focuses on creating narrative and documentary films and series. She is represented by Authentic Management.


REVATI DHOMSE

Listed as one of Variety's 110 Students to Watch in their 2015 educational impact report, Revati Dhomse is a writer and director who lives in Los Angeles. Born in Mumbai and raised in California's Silicon Valley, Dhomse sees herself as a child of two worlds. Her undergraduate capstone project THE DEATH OF COLM CANTER went on to receive praise by CineWomen magazine, in which they called it a "technically audacious and emotionally gripping film." The feature version that Dhomse co-wrote explored similar themes of motherhood and duty and went on to earn the rank of quarter-finalist in the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in 2018. THE DEATH OF COLM CANTER was awarded the Barry Josephson Fellowship at the Austin Film Festival in the same year. Dhomse and her writing partner's pieces THE TRUTH and THE ORPHEUS LEMON AMAZING MYSTERY JOURNEY also gained the Austin Film Festival's attention. Dhomse enjoys exploring themes of womanhood through magical realism and/or heightened genres in her art.

When she is not bringing her own work to life, Dhomse works as a production coordinator at Cartoon Network. There she coordinates the show Infinity Train. She was also instrumental in the studio's "We Speak Up" campaign in which she spearheaded the production of 20 anti-bullying shorts. Recently, she co-founded Cartoon Network's Diversity & Inclusion Committee to amply and support marginalized voices at the studio. Dhomse and her writing partner Hector Lowe are represented by Heroes and Villains Entertainment.


ASHLEY EAKIN

Born in California and raised in Nebraska, Ashley Eakin is a filmmaker based out of Los Angeles.

In 2017, she spent five months in Malaysia and Singapore working for director Jon M. Chu on his Warner Bros. feature CRAZY RICH ASIANS.

She also shadowed Chu during the production of the Freeform pilot GOOD TROUBLE, as well as assisted with the development of a TV series sold to Apple in summer 2018. Prior to working for Chu, Eakin worked for Beacon Pictures in development, in the writer's office of the NBC scripted drama THE NIGHT SHIFT and for 10X10 Entertainment (AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL).

In 2016, Eakin was selected as a Top 10 Finalist in a Project Greenlight and Peet's Coffee contest for film directors. Her spot was later featured during Peets 2017 brand marketing launch. Her documentary short THE DETAILS, featuring Henry Golding, Awkwafina and crew members of CRAZY RICH ASIANS was selected for the 2018 Hamilton Film Festival. Eakin recently directed a short film celebrating the 25th anniversary of Cancer For College. The film features CFC spokesman Will Ferrell and was screened at a sold-out event at the Greek Theatre.

Last year, Eakin was featured in a SoulPancake video talking about her rare bone condition, Ollier disease and Maffucci Syndrome. The video went viral, reaching over 38 million views and counting. Her personal life and medical journey have immensely influenced her passion to pursue stories that help people understand one another. She believes the positive impact of vulnerability is immeasurable and continues to be a representation advocate for people with physical differences and disabilities in media. This summer, she completed production on her short film BLUE, which incorporates these themes.


TIFFANY FRANCES

Tiffany Frances is a Taiwanese-American director and writer working in music videos, branded content and narrative film.

She became interested in filmmaking during her undergraduate program at UCSD, where she gained a deep appreciation of avant-garde and experimental films. The experience of her first documentary, filmed in Cairo, Egypt, about South Sudanese refugees, opened her eyes to pursue directing as a career. After her graduate program, Art Center College of Design - Masters Directing Track, she moved to New York City and began working as a producer, casting director and editor on commercials and music videos.

Her short film A COOL DARK PLACE was the official selection at La Femme Film Festival, International Film Festival of Cinematic Arts and Brooklyn Girl Film Festival, and a finalist for Best Short Drama at the New Filmmakers LA Film Festival. Other projects have screened at Nitehawk Shorts Festival, Brand Film Festival and Berlin Fashion Film Festival. Her film work and photography have been featured on Paper Magazine, Ladygunn, Stereogum, The Fader and BlackBook Magazine, among others. Her producing credits include commercials for Barney's and Red Bull, music videos for Toro Y Moi and Killer Mike, while her directing clients include National Geographic, Citibank, Acura, Montiel and Jonesy. She was selected for SHOOT Magazine's 2018 New Directors Showcase, where a trailer of her short film, WHAT I WISH YOU SAID, screened at the Directors Guild Theater in New York.

In her film work, she is committed to bring a voice to women, and the under-represented. She believes strongly in contributing to the Asian-American community; more specifically, highlighting Taiwanese-American stories. She loves bringing new, fresh ideas to life visually, and challenges herself to think about film in avant-garde styles; thereby, she enjoys working with different mediums, from Super 8mm to high-end digital cinema cameras. She is currently in development on a feature film and television series. She also composes music as Porcelain Skyline.


MARIE JAMORA

Marie Jamora is an award-winning director who emigrated to LA from the Philippines. Born in Manila, she began her career as a music video director, filming over 45 music videos before showrunning the first season of PROJECT RUNWAY PHILIPPINES. As a musician who drums and records with her band, Boldstar, she was inspired to write, direct, produce, edit and supervise the music for her first feature, WHAT ISN'T THERE (Ang Nawawala), which premiered at Slamdance Film Festival. She took on the same duties for her recent short film, FLIP THE RECORD, which won the Grand Jury Awards for Best Narrative Short at the 2017 Urbanworld Film Festival and St. Louis International Film Festival. Jamora is currently in post-production on FAMILY STYLE, an Asian food series with Warner Bros./Stage 13, where she is the executive producer and director. An MFA film graduate from Columbia University, she was recently named one of Five Visionary Asian-American Female Filmmakers in Kore magazine's "New Hollywood" issue.


BRIDGET MOLONEY

Bridget Moloney is a graduate of Northwestern University, where she studied Theatre and Creative Writing for Media. She has a Master's in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine, concentrating on couples and family therapy. Moloney won the Bennington Young Playwrights award as a teenager and had two of her plays produced while at Northwestern. While an undergrad, she directed the short-form improvisation and sketch group Mee-Ow, while serving as a company member and writer. Moloney wrote about cooking for BonAppetit.com and relationships for DoubleX. She is also an actress, making her living and qualifying for great health insurance one national commercial at a time. Her independent pilot I WAS A TEENAGE PILLOW QUEEN, which she wrote and directed, premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival's TV Fest and is currently in consideration by several other festivals. She's currently developing a pilot with Doozer/Bill Lawrence. Moloney lives in her hometown of Los Angeles with her husband and two young children.


LARA PANAH-IZADI

Lara Panah-Izadi grew up in Paris, France. She moved to the U.S. at 17 to study Mathematics & Philosophy and Theater at Yale. In college, she spent most of her time reading and writing plays. Her first play "In This World" was selected for the Yale playwrights' festival. She also directed two full-length opera productions and made an award-winning documentary based on "The Seagull," by Chekhov featuring Academy Award® winner Kevin Kline.

After college, Panah-Izadi worked on set for Barry Levinson and Quentin Tarantino. In 2016, she adapted a historical fiction novel into a feature screenplay for producer Gary Foster (SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE, DENIAL) She also wrote and directed a narrative short film, CHLOE, inspired by THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY but adapted to a female perspective. More recently, she worked at Paramount Television as a development coordinator to help discover and develop ideas to adapt into TV shows.


NICOLE TAYLOR-ROBERTS

Nicole Taylor-Roberts is a director/writer who hails from Baltimore, Maryland. A proud mixed heritage Black American, Taylor-Roberts is a bold character-driven storyteller who credits her upbringing in a family of characters to shaping her lens. Her award-winning shorts have collectively screened at prestigious film festivals that include Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Sundance and San Diego Film Festival. Her work has also been featured in FADER Magazine, GQ and showcases by HBO and HBO Latino.

She participated in the NALIP's Women of Color Lab and the Sony Television Diverse Directors Program. Her scripts have advanced in the Sundance International Screenwriters Lab and the Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition, and landed placement as a semi-finalist in the Made in New York Writer's Room.

An alumna of Northwestern University's RTVF Program and of Columbia University School of the Arts, MFA Film Program, Taylor-Roberts got her professional start Apprenticing under film and commercial directors at Smuggler and Tool of North America. Taylor-Roberts directs commercials, and writes and produces branded content for network television. Her feature screenplay A GIRL FROM HAITI won the Grand Prize in the WeScreenplay Diverse Voices Competition, supported by ARRAY!


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