SIBS @ SOHO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
May 22nd, 2018
Sibs will screen at the Soho International Film Festival on Sunday June 17th. A huge honor to be part of this acclaimed festival as part of their NY Filmmaker Exhibition Series.
SIBS WINS AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD @ INDIE WORKS BEST OF FEST
April 15th, 2018
Team Sibs celebrated their Audience Choice Award win at IndieWorks Year 5 Best of Fest. An honor to have so many friends and family in the audience.
Thank you to Christina Raia and the entire Congested Cat team for another great screening.
SIBS DOES LA @ HOLLY WEB FESTIVAL
Sibs made its LA premiere at Universal CityWalk on April 8th. Director, Cynthia Silver, and writer/star, Samantha Slater, were joined by Made with Sass crew and many donors to celebrate a state of the art presentation of our film. The team was also joined by Atlantic Theater Company founding member William H. Macy; Samantha and Cynthia are both alumni, and it's where they met. Cynthia was Samantha's teacher during her training at the Atlantic Acting School.
There were so. many. feels.
to say the least.
SIBS @ WALKERVILLE FF & THE PEOPLE'S FF IN JUNE!
March 29th, 2018
SIBS @ GARDEN STATE FILM FESTIVAL & HOLLY WEB
February 1, 2018
Sibs will screen in Asbury, New Jersey at the Garden State Film Festival in March, and then head back to California to screen at Holly Web Festival in April. Made with Sass is twice an alumni of Holly Web Festival (previously with our digital series Just Sayin') and we look forward to being back!
SCREENING DETAILS: Holly Web Details coming soon!
SIBS WINS AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD @ INDIEWORKS
Sibs screened on December 12th at The Local NYC with IndieWorks and celebrated winning Audience Choice Award with cast and crew in attendance including director Cynthia Silver, writer/actor Samantha Slater, and producer Molly McGaughey.
Big thank you to Christina Raia and the entire IndieWorks team for having Made with Sass back for a 3rd time. We love this monthly series in NYC!
SIBS @ SAN JOSE INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
SIBS @ EDMONTON INT'L FILM FESTIVAL
November 18th, 2017
SIBS TO SCREEN AT SAN JOSE INT'L SHORT FILM FEST
October 30th, 2017
SCREENING DETAILS: STARBRIGHT THEATRE - Campbell, CA December 8th @ 2pm
'SIBS' TO SCREEN @ OSCAR QUALIFYING FEST #EIFF
August 17th, 2017
'Sibs' will screen at the Edmonton International Film Fest.
SCREENING DETAILS: LANDMARK CINEMAS 9 CITY CENTRE Saturday September 30th @ 2pm // 3rd Floor | 10200 – 102 Avenue
SIBS TO SCREEN AT BWFF
MAY 16th, 2017
Sibs will screen at the Brooklyn Women's Film Festival in partnership with New York Women in Film & Television.
SCREENING DETAILS: Videology Williamsburg - 3:30pm, Sunday June 4th
SIBS A FINALIST @ USA FILM FEST
April 15th, 2017
Made with Sass is proud to announce the world premiere of Sibs at the USA Film Festival. The film was named a finalist in the International Short Film and Video Competition at the 47th Annual USA Film Festival.
SCREENING DETAILS: Angelika Film Centre - Dallas on April 30th at 4pm.
After raising $15,000+ and becoming Indiewire’s project of the week, Hollywomen.com made Sibs their top pick for films to fund. Veteran industry donors to Sibs include Paul Marcarelli (Screenwriter: Clutter), Zachary Quinto (Actor: Star Trek), Josh Pais (Actor: Ray Donovan), Ellen Lewis (Casting Director: The Wolf of Wall Street)
SIBS IS COMPLETE!
November 26th, 2017
Sophie, a struggling musician in New York, goes home for her father’s funeral and is met with the sudden reality of becoming her 12 year old, now orphaned, half-brother's guardian. A family drama about figuring out how to grow up.
Generationally divided siblings, Sophie and Alister, slip away from their father’s funeral for a needed breath; It’s the first moment they’ve spent alone together since Sophie arrived in town. Sophie smokes while the two catch up. Their conversation carefully avoids the burning question on both of their minds: will Alister come to live with Sophie now that both his parents have passed? The pair are interrupted by Alister’s overbearing, nosey aunt, Elise, and forced to return to the gathering.
Later that evening, tension grows between Sophie and her own mother, Janet, about the reality of Sophie assuming guardianship of her half-brother. Janet attempts to sway Sophie from taking on the responsibility, begging her to recognize that becoming the sole caregiver to a teenager will completely change her life. After Janet leaves for the night, Sophie and Alister come to blows over a stolen cigarette from her purse, leaving Sophie unsure of what to do, and wondering if she might be in over her head. The next day, the entire family discovers some unexpected news at the lawyer’s office that leaves no other option, but for Sophie and Alister to reconsider their expectations, now that their father is gone.
When I read Sibs for the first time, it triggered an emotion that I have rarely, if ever, felt after reading a script. I felt protective. I felt protective over 13-year old, newly orphaned Alister, having to encounter such grown up experiences so early in his life. I felt protective over Alister’s half-sister, Sophie, who having just developed her sea legs and planted them in for the long haul as an artist in New York City, is confronted with the prospect of uprooting her newly laid foundation to raise him on her own. I felt protective over these characters’ youth, their lost innocence, their promise, their relationship as siblings. And mostly, I felt protective over Samantha, who wrote, produced, and plays Sophie in the film.
I met Samantha Slater at the Atlantic Acting School in New York City, where I have been a teacher for the last 18 years, during her second year as a conservatory student. Samantha is a force of nature. Her skills as a filmmaker and knowledge of filmmaking are self-taught, and wildly impressive. She comes by her entrepreneurial spirit naturally, and her fierce drive and fearless persistence is awe-inspiring. Her passion for storytelling is undeniable. AND, she can act! When someone like Samantha crosses the threshold of my classroom, my antenna immediately goes up, and I want to do all that I can to empower them to trust their instincts, prepare them for the volatility of the industry, while encouraging them to be steadfast in their pursuit. And, like many acting teachers, I challenge them to make their work substantive, personal, humble, and honest. Throughout our time together at the Atlantic, Samantha dug deep on her courage to bring more depth, more truth, more authenticity to her work. I was struck not only by her bravery, but also very moved by the unique relationship and beautiful connection she has with her three half siblings that she inevitably revealed to the class as she identified what was most important to her beyond her life as an artist. And, to be honest, I was envious.
I have two half siblings. They are twins. I’ve met them once. We share the same father. The three of us, along with my full-blooded brother, are all estranged from him. I would love nothing more than to have a relationship with my half-siblings. Facebook has facilitated communication with my half-brother. But, my half-sister wants nothing to do with me. I’m assuming it is because it’s too painful. I don’t know. I will always honor her wishes. But, it is a source of a great deal of sadness. I always wanted a sister.
Samantha’s story is personal. It’s personal to her, and it’s personal to me. And, complicated. At times, things have been tense. Because we care so deeply. Because we’re both headstrong, and opinionated, and driven. We both want what’s best for this story. We both want what’s best for our siblings. We want, very badly, to do right by one another. To make good on our commitment to truth in storytelling. To support each other as women. Perhaps it’s because we are so similar, to the point that we can drive each other a bit nuts, that I have felt so protective of Samantha and her heartfelt story since that first read. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say our relationship resembles that of… sibs.
Cynthia is a New York City based stage & film director, actor, teacher, and entrepreneur. As a filmmaker, Cynthia’s first short, Sleep Training, written by Anna Ziegler, and produced by Made with Sass, was an official selection at NY Shorts Fest, NewFilmmakers NY, and the recipient of a 2015 Silver Spotlight Award. She is currently in post-production with her second Made with Sass short, Sibs, written by Samantha Slater, and in development for a short film adaptation of Wendy MacLeod’s one-act play, The Shallow End, which landed her on the shortlist for the Kevin Spacey Foundation’s 2016 Artists of Choice.
Her theater directing credits include Dipika Guha’s The Rules
(Joust Theatre Company); Reckless, by Craig Lucas, Uncommon Women and Others, by Wendy Wasserstein and Melancholy Play, by Sarah Ruhl (Atlantic Acting School at Atlantic Stage 2); Almost, Maine, by John Cariani and Shel Shocked: An Evening of Grown-up One Acts by Shel Silverstein (Atlantic Acting School Studio Theatre); and Cookie, by Chad Beckim at FringeNYC. Cynthia was named a finalist for the 2015 Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Directors Fellowship.
Cynthia’s critically acclaimed one-woman show, BRIDEZILLA STRIKES BACK!, co-written with Kenny Finkle (Winner: Outstanding Solo Show, FringeNYC) received commercial productions in both New York and Los Angeles. Other stage acting credits include TEN, KIDSTUFF, and Open House (Winner: Best Ensemble, FringeNYC) w/ Partial Comfort Productions, of which she is an ensemble member; Paper Cranes w/ Packawallop Productions; Carnival Round the Central Figure at IRT; The Adding Machine (Winner: Best Overall Production, FringeNYC), Richard Nelson’s Jitterbugging: Scenes of Sex in a New Society, Eric Bogosian’s Scenes from a New World, Warren Leight’s The Loop, and The House of Yes, by Wendy MacLeod with Mobius Group Productions, of which she was a founding member. Big & small screen acting credits include “Boardwalk Empire”, “CSI: NY”, “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”, Brightest Star, The Green, and Colin Fitz Lives!.
Cynthia has been on faculty at Atlantic Acting School since 1998, where she previously trained as an actor, and currently teaches acting by way of the Practical Aesthetics technique, developed by David Mamet and William H. Macy. (It’s also where she met her husband, Matt, a production stage manager.) She teaches advanced acting to the second year of the professional conservatory, and NYU undergraduate program, and the business of acting to the graduating conservatory and NYU students.
Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Cynthia has a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and is also the owner and operator of Baby in Tow, a baby product company she founded after the birth of her child, Sadie. She resides in Greenwich Village with her family.
Samantha is an actor, writer, producer, musician, and the founder of Made with Sass: a not-for-profit film & independent television production company, focused on getting women behind the camera. Her online series, Just Sayin', and other short films, have been showcased at Holly Web Fest (2014 & 2016), LA Web Fest, NYC Web Fest, Austin Web Fest, The Edmonton Short Film Festival, NewFilmmakers NY, New York Shorts Fest, New York Comedy Shorts Fest, The Iron Mule Comedy Film Festival, Channel101 NY, IndieWorks, on My Damn Channel and all over the world wide web.
Made with Sass' award winning short film, Sleep Training, written by internationally acclaimed playwright Anna Ziegler,
was Samantha’s first collaboration with director Cynthia Silver. The film made its online debut in May and was co-distributed by Felicity Huffman's What The Flicka? mommy blog. Samantha is a graduate of The Atlantic Acting School where she was a student of Cynthia's. The two bonded over a common desire to tell honest and unique stories within the context of the ordinary, and from the female perspective. Their upcoming short film Sibs, written by and starring Samantha, also featuring Catherine Curtin, Tasha Lawrence, and James Freedson-Jackson, is expected to begin its festival tour this winter.
Additional producing highlights include: Rockaway Moon [short], OUTtv Europe's Merce [independent series], as well as commercial spots for Emblem Health and All-State Insurance in conjunction with The Nest, The Knot, and The Bump.
Samantha's stage & screen performance highlights include: Tigers Be Still [nominated for Best Actress in a Lead Role - Houston Theater Awards], Being Bad With Names (Temple Horses), School Spirits (Syfy), REALality (NYTV Fest), In Fear Of (Slick Devil Entertainment), the New York City premieres of Tesla Off-Broadway (Theatre 80), Apple (The Drilling Company) and Belgrade Trilogy (Whitelisted Theatre). Originally from Canada, she currently resides in New York.
(Cop Car, Jessica Jones)
(The Line, Kimmy Schmidt)
(OITNB, The Leftovers)
Ray Anthony Thomas
Jenelle Pearring is a NYC & Colorado based freelance cinematographer whose work focuses on narrative projects, commercials, and music videos. Her experience also extends to storyboard and concept art projects, fashion photography, promo photography, and event videography.
Select Director of Photography Credits include: “DELTA Honor Guard Ceremony Documentary” Short Dir. Joshua Seftel; "Victoria Taylor Hair" Campaign Video Dir. Janel Livingston; ”Go" Music Video Starring Lavinia Osimo; ”Slant of Light" Short Film Starring Lavinia Osimo (Director Jenelle Pearring); "Christmas Hacks" Commercial, Director David Ellner [A&E Networks]; Lolly's Locks Fashion Show Feat. Joy Behar; and "And Again" Short Film Director Lea Brandenburg. Select additional credits include: First Assistant Camera Mercedes Benz Commercial DP Sean Conaty; Camera Operator FORD Commercial; First Assistant Camera "Chopped" TV Show FOOD Network; Second Camera Assistant "Cop Car" Feature Film (Starring James Freedson-Jackson, Alister in “Sibs”) Dir. Jon Watts; Second Camera Assistant "Condemned" Feature Film Dir. Eli Gesner; Camera Operator "Audition" Feature Film Dir. Matt Heron; Camera Assistant Neutrogena Commercial Estee Lauder; Camera Assistant "The Farm" Discovery Channel Show Season 1 BBC Worldwide Productions.
Jenelle attended NYU with a concentration in Film & Television Production.
Molly McGaughey is a filmmaker based out of NYC. She specializes in directing, producing, and writing. She works primarily in the independent film world, with works screened in Manhattan, Brooklyn, London, Austin, Los Angeles, Portland, and New Zealand. Her films have won multiple international festival awards, including Best of Fest out of 250 films at CTLPDX and several audience choice awards. Her work has also been featured on Backstage, Funnynotslutty, Comedytvisdead and more. Molly is a close collaborator of Samantha & Cynthia, and founding associate of Made with Sass.