Lauren Sowa grew up in beautiful Landisville, Pennsylvania, surrounded by cornfields and the Amish.
While training at NYU, Lauren studied the Meisner Technique, under Vicki Hart, as well as Shakespeare with Louis Scheeder.
In 2016, she and Tim Eliot founded Form & Pressure Films to tell stories that inspire and provoke thought, while encouraging diversity and equality on set and on screen. Lauren has been featured in the films 42 Seconds of Happiness (now available on Amazon Prime), Café Artist, The Rainbow Experiment (premiered at Slamdance 2018), and The Devil’s Well. Upcoming: the indie feature Paris is in Harlem. She received her BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Proud member of Actor's Equity and SAG-AFTRA.
Lauren is a big-time animal lover, and has yet to meet a pretzel she doesn't like. When not acting, you can find her reading a good book, taking photographs, catching up on old films, and doing yoga!
Short Films, Narrative Films, Documentaries
Acting, Photography, Producing, Directing
Film Director, Cameraperson, Producer
Marwa Zein El Abdin Seed Ahmed Fadl Arbab
Explorer and Creator - Artist
Sudanese, was born in Mecca , Saudi Arabia, lived & studied in Cairo, Egypt and now between Sudan and France.
After studying Chemical Engineering for 3 years in Cairo University, she decided to quit & pursued studying Film Directing at the High Institute of Cinema in Cairo; graduated in 2009 with an honorable mention.
Since studying film, she has been working as Assistant Director in Egypt / Lebanon with great film directors such as “ Dawoud Abdelsayed , Hala Khalil, Khairy Beshara , Dr. Sherif Sabri and Shady El-Fakharany”
She’s an Alumni of many prestigious film institutions such as Berlin-ale, IDFA Academy & Durban Talent Campus and Denmark Film School.
Her graduation project “ A game” is award winning short film internationally and nationally that was translated into 5 languages, and selected in Cannes Short Corner 2010
Cultural Resource ” Al Mawred Al Thaqafy “ selected her to document the work of AL MAWRED and Cultural policies campaign in Egypt 2012| 2013|2014
Her new short fiction “One week, Two days” is award winning short fiction, had its World premiere in Dubai International Film Festival and Officially selected in more than 17 International film festivals since then.
Now she’s working on her 1st Long documentary film “Offside in Khartoum”that is supported by CNC, IDFA ,AFAC and Alter-Cine. The film in Post-production stage to be released 2018
ORE Productions is her own production company based in Khartoum- Sudan.
Since 2014, She is working as film programmer for Sudan Independent Film Festival
Feature Fictions, Short Films, Experimental Films, Documentaries
Director Of Photography
Writing, Editing, Cinematography
Francesca Fini is an interdisciplinary
artist focusing on new media, experimental cinema and performance art. She
lives and works in Rome. The focus of her work is always the body and its own
narrative power, in that border region where performance art and cinema
hybridize, creating a new synthesis in the contemporary transmedia art practice.
Among the most important
art events in which she took part in the last few years, we would
mention the 2011 WRO Biennale in Poland, Currents New Media in Santa Fe, CINEMED Film Festival in Montpellier, NordArt International Art Exhibition, Berlin
Directors Lounge and IKONO TV Film Festival inGermany, Videoformes
Festival inClermont Ferrand, Szczecin
European Film Festival (SEFF) in Poland,
FILE Electronic Language International Festival in Brasil, Athens Videoart Festival, IVHAMNew Media Arts Fest and Proyector
Festival in Madrid, CYBERFEST and
Now&After in Russia, Videoart Yearbook and Robot Festival in Bologna, Instants Video numériques et poétiques in
Marseille, MEM Festival at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and the Japan Media Arts Festival inTokyo.
In 2012 she has
been invited to the first Venice International Performance Art
Week, featuring among the others the work of Valie Export, Jan Fabre,
Yoko Ono, Marina Abramovic and Hermann Nitsch. In 2013 she won the FONLAD
Performance Art Residency in Coimbra and was invited in Chicago
for the Rapid Pulse Performance Art Festival. In 2014 she has been
selected for the Margaret Guthman Musical Instrument Competition,
organized by the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.
In 2014 and 2016 she was
artist in residence at Bob Wilson's
Watermill Center in New York. In 2016 she wrote and directed Ophelia did
not drown; an experimental feature film based on the hybridization between
found-footage (from the national archive Istituto Luce Cinecittà) and
original contemporary performative language. The film premiered in New York,
Clermont-Ferrand and at Macro Contemporary Museum in Rome. That same year she wrote
and directed Gold - looking for Oz, a 60 minutes experimental
documentary produced during an art residency in Jerusalem and financed
by Musrara Mix Festival.
She is cited by Treccani
Encyclopedia as one of the greatest exponents of cyber-performance in