Split is a dramatic/comedic web series about two possible paths that one life might take. Helmed by an all-female team & crew, Split explores the balance between destiny and choice and raises the question: what parts of our future are malleable and what parts are inevitable?
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Inclusion StatementWe're proud to have an all-female Creative Team (Producer, Director, DP and Writer/Creator) as well as an all-female on-set production crew. Out of the five main characters in the show, three are women and three are LGBTQ. Our production is committed to casting ethnically diverse actors.
About The Project
An early decision in a young girl’s life creates a split in her world, sending her off on two parallel paths into alternate futures.
What Prompted This Story
Split is a story about destiny and choice. It’s about the weight of our decisions and the power of our reactions, while key moments in the path of our lives remain inevitable nonetheless.
In my own life, I’ve often wondered about how things may have gone if I’d taken another path or made a different choice. Split allows the viewer to explore that nagging “what if”: what if I reacted differently or made a different decision? How would my life be altered and in what ways would it be the same? What parts of my future are malleable and what parts are inevitable?
- Yael Shavitt, Writer/Creator
What We're About
As a creative team of four women filmmakers, we’re very proud to have an all-female on-set crew. We think it’s vital to conveying this narrative, which has a female protagonist at its heart. Out of the five main characters in the show, three are women and three are LGBTQ. It’s important to us to make this project now because most of the stories we consume are being told by a small slice of society. Which means we’re not hearing everybody’s stories. We’re excited to be creating a show with a protagonist who is LGBTQ but that’s not the most interesting thing about her. It’s not even a subject of conversation. It’s just one part of who she is.
Split has six episodes, each about 10 minutes long. We decided that producing the pilot episode first was the best plan of action for us. We learned a lot from working together through all the phases of the process (pre-production, filming and post) with a portion of the material. We also wanted to be able to show our audience what an episode of Split looks like, as an incentive to help us make more episodes.
Our pilot episode is now complete! After our NYC Premiere Party on June 19th and as soon as our campaign reached 100 followers, we released the episode online: https://youtu.be/irdCOSDgHJM
Watch it, like it, share it, let us know what you think in the comments section - and then head back over here to make a contribution so we can create more episodes!
CORY CENSOPRANO (Matthew), raised in the Bay Area, is an actor and amateur filmmaker/writer. His short film “Not Quite White” has received laurels from Sioux City International, Long Island Film Expo, and the NYC Eurasian Film Festival to date. Acting credits include a tour with the Tony-Award winning San Francisco Mime Troupe, the World-Premiere of “Little Brother,” as well as “Yellow Face,” “Twelfth Night,” “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” and more.
JESSICA DIGIOVANNI (Lead Actress) has studied performance all over the world including: Fordham College at Lincoln Center, Moscow Art Theatre (MXAT) and LAMDA. Awards and Nominations: Best Actress - Zimbabwe International Film Festival for “The Resort,” Nominated - Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy - Indie Series Awards for "Twenty Five".
Jessica works consistently in the New York Theatre world. She was most recently seen in the world premiere of the adaptation of “Terms of Endearment,” alongside Molly Ringwald. Film & TV credits include: “Forever” (ABC), “A Stand Up Guy,” “Sleepwalkers,” “The Nearest Human Being,” “Delusions of Guinevere,” “A Crime to Remember,” and more. Jessica can also be seen and heard in multiple commercials nation wide. For more info and to follow her success visit www.jessicadigiovanni.com
LORI HAMMEL (Meyers) has performed on Broadway, Off Broadway and toured around the world. Film work includes the Coen brother's Burn After Reading; She's Lost Control (2014 Berlinale, SXSW), the lead in Coney Island Queen (2014 Cannes Shorts Corner) and the upcoming thriller Rapid Eye Movement. TV includes Master of None, 30 Rock, The Following and Colbert Report. She played recurring political pundit Leslie Hillerman on the Onion News series In The Know. Lori created and starred in Margo Rose Reports as the clueless yet relentless NY2 Broadway reporter Margo Rose Ferderer. Awards include Excellence in Acting (NY Fringe 2015), Jeff Award, and two After Dark Awards. lorihammel.com
KRISTIN PARKER (Emma) TV/ Film: “Orange is the New Black,” “Blue Bloods,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “College Humor,” “I’m Here For You,” “Kingdom Coming,” “Matryoshka”. Theater: Kristin has performed off-Broadway at the Soho Playhouse, The DR2, and The Theatre at St. Clements; Regionally at Arkansas Rep, The Kaufman Center, Speakeasy Stage, Old Castle, Fiddlehead, and NSMT; and developed work at Playwrights Horizons, Primary Stages, Urban Stages and The York. www.KristinParker.com
GABRIELLE PEGG (Young Sammy) is super excited to be cast as Young Sammy. Auditioning for acting schools and theatre is one of the many similarities she shares with her character. Gabrielle has been working very hard on training her voice and was last seen in the chorus of “Carmen” and “Rigoletto,” and she will be a new student at Manhattan School of Music in the next few months! Previous stage credits include Linda in “Saturday Night Fever” (Regional), “The Diary of Anne Frank” (Anne), “You're a Good Man Charlie Brown” (Lucy), and “Little Women” (Young Amy March). She would like to thank Yael, Hannah, Molly, and all the incredibly talented women affiliated with the series for this great opportunity.
YAEL SHAVITT (Sam/Samantha) is an actor and filmmaker based in NYC. She played lead roles in the indie features “Delenda” and “Calvary! Parade!,” and in the shorts “White Lies” and “There She Hung” (Big Apple Film Festival). She’s performed at the Public Theater with Obie Award winners 600 Highwaymen in “The Record,” and understudied (& performed) the title role in “Yentl” with Beautiful Soup Theater. Yael is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (NYC) and the Thelma Yellin School of the Arts (Israel), with additional training from AMAW, MN Acting Studio, and UCB.
J.R. YUSSUF (Tamz) is a Nigerian-American, New York native. J.R. very deeply believes in the importance of personal power and in addition to acting is an award winning author and maintains a video blog devoted to practicing goodness, forgiveness & self-improvement.
Since the ripe age of 16 years old he has studied the craft of acting (Stanislavsky, Meisner, and various Eastern methods) and has gone as far as Florence, Italy to study and become adept in various forms of acting and expression. J.R. has been taking acting classes honing his craft beginning in 2006 at various institutes all over the world. J.R. graduated from Stony Brook University with his B.A. in Theatre Arts.
J.R. is represented by Dream Maker Talent Management.
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About This Team
Yael Shavitt is an actor and filmmaker based in NYC.
Yael co-created the documentary feature film “iF YOU PULL NORTH,” which premiered at the Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival.
She played lead roles in the indie features “Delenda” and “Calvary! Parade!,” and in the shorts “White Lies” and “There She Hung” (Big Apple Film Festival). She’s performed at the Public Theater with Obie Award winners 600 Highwaymen in “The Record,” and understudied (& performed) the title role in “Yentl” with Beautiful Soup Theater.
Yael is a Founding Member of the theater collective “Asylos” and has co-created and performed in Asylos’ “Woolgatherers” (inspired by Patti Smith) and in the immersive piece “Out of the Ash” (devised from Sylvia Plath texts).
Yael is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (NYC) and the Thelma Yellin School of the Arts (Israel), with additional training from AMAW, MN Acting Studio, and UCB.
Hannah Hancock Rubinsky is a native New Yorker who has found her way home after many years of living out of state. While living in London she ran the video department of the British music website This is Fake DIY. After escaping to New Orleans, she produced a short film, “A Most Complex Form of Ventriloquism,” that went on to be one of the top 20 films at the Louisiana Film Prize and Competition and won the Audience Award in the Short Film category at the New Orleans Film Festival.
A graduate from Bard College, she has been surviving in Corporate Film and Children's Theater while she slings Craft Beer for every day money. Currently, she is attempting to put all the stories in her head down on paper, teaching herself how to garden and build things, while remaining devoted and pretty much consumed by her pup Holden.
Molly McGaughey is a filmmaker and comedian based out of NYC. She specializes in directing, writing, and performing original comedic material for film, stage, and web. Her most recent film projects include directing sketches for the comedy series "Hat Trick Bitches" premiering in July on the independent streaming platform "Seeka TV" and directing the pilot of "Split," a comedic web series. She is also currently in preproduction for her first feature.
As a director Molly 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 the CTLPDX Festival and several audience choice awards. Her work has also been featured on Backstage, Broadwayworld, Funnynotslutty, Comedytvisdead, and Seeka TV.
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Samantha Pyra is a NYC cinematographer and recent director. She’s shot award-winning web series like “Sensitive,” “59 Days in NY,” and “No Method.” She created, directed, and edited the interactive series “Mysteries in NYC” which was screened at Tribeca Film Festival.
Pyra’s focus is on creatively showcasing narrative films and series. Much of her work encourages strong female roles on camera as well as behind the scenes, working alongside her. She is an accomplished filmmaker whose work has screened at multiple national festivals.
Pyra finds the collaborative and creativity freedom that’s at the heart of New York’s independent filmmaking community really exciting and is thrilled to work with this team on such a unique concept that really opens the visual storytelling possibilities.
Almudena Caminero is a production designer and visual artist from Spain. After finishing her studies in Fine Arts and History of Cinema, and earning her MFA in Production Design in Madrid, she moved to New York, where she currently works and lives. Almudena has also written and directed two short films that have been awarded and recognized internationally. Her credits as Production Designer and Art Director includes short films, TV shows and feature films in Spain and New York.
Hillary Capps is a singer/songwriter who combines thoughtful lyricism with clean, soaring vocals and catchy melodies - captivating audiences with her alluring alternative pop songs.
Guy Shavitt is a sound designer/mixer from Israel. His passion for sound began with the study of Music (Harmony, Composition and Solfege) as a teenager. Today Guy provides sound production services ranging from recording and mixing to post production, in both music and film.
Amit Reshef is a scenographer of exhibitions and museums around the world, creating spaces that tell stories.
Julie Congress is Co-Artistic Director of No.11 Productions and a voice & speech coach in NYC.
Samantha Slater is an actor, writer, producer, and musician; A native Canadian, she currently resides in New York and is the founder of Made with Sass. Her co-created original series, “Just Sayin',” and short films: “The Lies We Tell” and “Sleep Training,” have been showcased at Holly Web Fest, NYC Web Fest, LA Web Fest, The Edmonton Short Film Festival, The Iron Mule Comedy Film Festival, Channel 101 NY, IndieWorks, New Filmmakers on My Damn Channel and all over the world wide web.
Kym Lukacs is an audio professional dedicated to improving their craft. Through various misadventures, they fell into sound and has pursued that aspect wholeheartedly.
HAIR & MAKEUP
Samantha Granados was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Seeking a faster paced life, she chose New York City for college at age 18. She graduated with a major in Communications and minor in Business from St.John's University. Her initial career choice was Journalism; however, Ms. Granados discovered that her creativity was best suited via the hectic world of makeup. Over time, she realized she missed her love affair with writing. Thus creating her makeup/writing love child 'Facing Venus.'
Lashawn Garnes has worked with some of the top names in the industry, including Spike Lee's script supervisor, Shari Carpenter, and Michael Clayton's and "Syriana"'s script supervisor, Mary Cybulski. Educated in the halls of New Jersey's Rutgers University, Lashawn recieved her Bachelors of Arts as a History major. As the world turns and time demands change, a fresh set of eyes will always bring a different perspective to the forefront. Throughout her travels, set experiences, and script reading, Lashawn has perceived images differently than most. Through her eyes, she sees areas of opportunities for improvement in cinema.
Li George is an editor, developer, designer, and multi-media creative.
Christina Behnke had been spending her weekends making short films and webseries, when she decided to leave her job as a Vogue Knitting" editor to become a full-time filmmaker. Her nine-month internship at Belladonna Productions led her to work as the assistant to acclaimed director Jim Mickle. She will spend the summer in Los Angeles assisting the writers' room for SundanceTV's "Hap & Leonard" Season 3 before returning to New York to produce her first feature, "Blood Conscious," with husband and writer-director Timothy Covell. She still knits.