LANIE ZIPOY / DIRECTOR
Lanie is a Memphis-born, Brooklyn-based director and producer. The Subject marks her feature film directorial debut. The film has won top honors at six festivals: Stony Brook Film Festival, Catalina Film Festival Lighthouse International Film Festival, DC Black Film Festival, BronzeLens Film Festival and the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival, where it also took home Outstanding Feature Director and Outstanding Feature Performance (Aunjanue Ellis) Awards. Lanie was also named the Best Director at the Newark International Film Festival and received the Mira Nair Rising Female Filmmaker Award from the Harlem International Film Festival.
She directed the short film Kid Sister as well as the play, which starred Zazie Beetz (Joker, Atlanta) and Dominique Fishback (Judas and the Black Messiah, The Deuce) in their first roles. She has produced indie narrative and documentary features. Her short film 17 Things I Wish I Could Tell You Since You Died played at Mini Fest in spring 2020.
Her theater producing credits include Bethany, starring America Ferrera, and Voices Inside/Out, a prison theatrical exchange program, which featured Michael Shannon, Ashlie Atkinson, and Ron Canada.
Lanie is a Time Warner Foundation Fellow of the 2012-2014 Lab at WP Theater.
CHISA HUTCHINSON / Screenwriter
Chisa Hutchinson (B.A. Vassar College; M.F.A NYU – TSoA) is a New York-based playwright and screenwriter. Most recently, her radio drama, Proof of Love, was presented by Audible and New York Theatre Workshop in NYC and can now be found on Audible’s digital platform. With a 4.6 rating and everything, too. So that’s pretty cool. Chisa’s happily presented her other plays, which include Dirt Rich, She Like Girls,The Subject, Somebody’s Daughter, Alondra Was Here, Surely Goodness And Mercy, Whitelisted and Dead & Breathing at such venues as the Lark Theater, SummerStage, Atlantic Theater Company, Rattlestick Theater, the Contemporary American Theater Festival, the National Black Theatre, Second Stage Theater, and Arch 468 in London. She has been a Humanitas Fellow, a Dramatists Guild Fellow, a Lark Fellow, Resident at Second Stage Theater and New Dramatists, a New York NeoFuturist, and a staff writer for the Blue Man Group. Here are some of her awards and whatnot: a GLAAD Award, a Lilly Award, a New York Innovative Theatre Award, the Paul Green Award, a Helen Merrill Award, the Lanford Wilson Award. Currently, Chisa is wondering when, if ever, the adaptation of Terms of Endearment that she worked on with Lee Daniels for Paramount will go into production, having been pandemically postponed. Meanwhile, she’s working on an adaptation of Oliver Twist with Ice Cube for Disney. She writes original screenplays, too. Her first feature, The Subject, an indie about a white documentarian dealing with the moral fallout from exploiting the death of a Black teen, has been selected for twenty-four festivals and counting, including the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival and the Lighthouse International Film Festival, where it won Best Narrative Feature.
DARREN JOE / DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
A San Francisco area native, Darren’s Emmy Award-winning work is informed by his training as a classical dancer, a degree in video art and photography, and his prior career in Information Technology Management. While his concentration is narrative and documentary, he continues to work in both television and commercial spaces. Darren has lensed films across the world; including the UK, France, and India. His films have been shown in international festivals; such as Sundance and Cannes.
MEGAN KINGERY / EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Tony-nominated “Producer of Everything”. Creative Producer
of Blue Man World, Blue Man Group’s first exploration into print (2016 by Blackdog and Leventhal / Hachette). Notable projects include Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 (Tony Nomination), Fun Home (Tony Award), Hand to God (Tony nomination). Executive Producer of The Subject, a feature film written by Chisa Hutchinson, directed by Lanie Zipoy, starring Jason Biggs and Aunjanue Ellis, and Adam Mann (Not His Real Name) a new play by Marin Gazzaniga based on Caught in the Pulpit: Leaving Belief Behind by Daniel C. Dennett and Linda LaScola, in development with The Civilians. Creative Producer of Particle Fever (in development: book and lyrics by David Henry Hwang, music by Bear McCreary). Experiential Producer of the “In Her Shoes” campaign for Santander Bank, winner of Best Experiential and Best Tech for Good IDEAS award, and Best Experiential for AICP. Poeglobal.com
Executive Producers: Megan Kingery, Jason Biggs, Aunjanue Ellis, Anabelle Acosta, Chisa Hutchinson
Producers: Gahlia Eden, Jess Weiss and Lanie Zipoy
Associate Producers: Latresa Baker and Jolene Noelle
Editor: Sofi Marshall
Documentary Editor: James Codoyannis
Music Composer: Doug Wamble
Production Design: Chantal Demorial
Costume Design: Dircelene Torres