Hey, I'm Amy!

Los Angeles, California

Amy Starbin hails from the Catskills. After studying drama/lit at Hartwick College and Oxford University, she earned an MFA in film production at USC. Her thesis short won awards for cinematography, acting, and a special screenwriting nod from CineWomen. Her feature dramedy Kelly & Cal starred Juliette Lewis and premiered at SXSW 2014, where it won the Gamechanger Award for director Jen McGowan and was picked up by IFC. Her latest projects include indie drama LILIAN, with Alfred Molina attached for his directorial debut, and LOS ALIENS, a sci-fi short about an encounter between a migrant family making a desert border crossing and the extraterrestrial being invested in their fate.

 

My Projects

Projects I'm Supporting

if I go

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Drama, Sci-Fi

While reading her dad's old journals, Kate finds blueprints for a spaceship. Soon, Kate begins to build unsure of where it might take her.

109%

This project got the green light!

Sister Una Lived a Good Death

Los Angeles, California Film Feature
Documentary

Follow Sister Úna through the last nine months of her life, as she checks things off of her bucket list and teaches us how to live and die.

107%

This project got the green light!

Red Snow

South Lake Tahoe, California Film Feature
Horror, Comedy

A struggling horror novelist unwittingly invites a real-life vampire into her cabin at Christmastime.

100%

This project got the green light!

Freeman Hospitality

Atlanta, Georgia Series
Sci-Fi, Thriller

In 2055 a black family-run security firm escorts a foreign journalist into the badlands of South Georgia to interview a local tyrant

131%

This project got the green light!

Obstruction of Justice: The True Meaning

New York City, New York Series
Documentary

This seven-part docu-series explores the stories of the formerly incarcerated and highlights the factors impacting successful reentry.

81%

This project got the green light!

Crazy Sexy Oreos

Los Angeles, California Series
Comedy

A Comedy about Two Black Ladies Navigating the Comedy Scene and Dating LA.

82%

This project got the green light!

Los Aliens

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Sci-Fi

A migrant family attempts a desert crossing. Border Patrol moves in. An alien intervenes.

80%

This project got the green light!

Hotline: Digital Series

New York City, New York Series
Drama, LGBTQ

Attorney Hazel Clarke becomes involved at a suicide hotline and begins to look like a murderer after the suspicious death of her sister.

105%

This project got the green light!

Triple Threat

New York City, New York Film Feature
Drama, Musical

Close friendships are slowly pulled apart as a once shared Broadway dream is abandoned by one in favor of a new dream: fatherhood.

101%

This project got the green light!

A Guy Walks Into a Bar

New York City, New York Film Short
Action, Thriller

On the day after the election in 2016, a man with dwarfism is assaulted at a bar.

101%

This project got the green light!

Mama Gloria

Chicago, Illinois Film Feature
Documentary, LGBTQ

Before Janet Mock and Laverne Cox, there was Gloria Allen.

102%

This project got the green light!

Drought

Wilmington, North Carolina Film Feature
Comedy, Drama

The summer after high school, Sam searches for a better life for herself and younger brother with Autism.

114%

This project got the green light!

Jeffrey: Hotel California

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Fantasy, Romance

Jeffrey is a dark magical love story that takes place in the afterlife where Jeffrey repairs the dead, so they can move on.  One mag

85%

This project got the green light!

Encounters: A Sci-Fi Anthology Series

Atlanta, Georgia Series
Horror, Sci-Fi

Ordinary people, who after chance encounters with otherworldly entities, see their deepest desires come to fruition but at at terrible cost.

101%

This project got the green light!

The Eulogist

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Comedy, Drama

In the depths of his grief, a young man becomes obsessed with crashing funerals and giving eulogies for people he never knew.

100%

This project got the green light!

Crowned: Season 2

Los Angeles, California Series
Comedy

Macie and the rest of the Party Princesses survive batty bosses, pushy parents and crazy co-workers in this semi-scripted comedy series.

73%

This project got the green light!

MAYBE IT'S ME

New York City, New York Series
Drama

Seven unknowingly connected New Yorkers find their way through love and loss as adulting becomes more and more difficult.

102%

This project got the green light!

Lunar Maria

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Film Short
Drama, Fantasy

A small-town teen grapples with her budding sexuality, oppressive sister, and Catholicism, all while enduring a strange transformation.

81%

This project got the green light!

Natives

Memphis, Tennessee Film Short
Drama, Experimental

On her last day in the field a claims adjuster has to contend with a family that may or may not be what they seem.

80%

This project got the green light!

"The Happy Side" Comedy Movie

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Comedy

When her boss gives her an ultimatum to come in to work, a burned-out Retail employee must decide whether or not to give up her epic day off

81%

This project got the green light!

In A Breath

San Francisco, California Film Short
Drama

In the aftermath of a school shooting, a grieving mother finds comfort in dead child's bedroom.

87%

This project got the green light!

Nobody's Home

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Drama, Fantasy

The child of a broken household escapes to the darkest corners of his imagination. A 1960s family drama gets surreal.

80%

This project got the green light!

The Edge

New York City, New York Film Short
Thriller

Amidst a bout of recent disappearances, a man’s paranoia is triggered and he struggles with staying connected to reality.

80%

This project got the green light!

ACADEMY

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Sci-Fi, Thriller

When a classroom exercise goes wrong at a futuristic training facility, a group of students must band to together to decide what is real.

84%

This project got the green light!

Allegiance

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Drama

After an attempted terrorist attack, a journalist must choose between his family and standing up for what he believes in.

100%

This project got the green light!

RED: A Short Film

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Romance, LGBTQ

A story about growing up in the closet in what we now call Trump Country.

81%

This project got the green light!

Earth Day 2030

New York, United States Film Short
Comedy, Satire

In 2030, small-town residents fight about taking in more climate refugees. It doesn’t go well, and the children must clean up the mess.

81%

This project got the green light!

AMONG US

Denver, Colorado Film Short
Drama

Anna, a young pianist, needs to fight for her passion and future as a musician when she begins to go deaf.

82%

This project got the green light!

Kendall's Dream

Rolla, Missouri Film Short
Drama, Fantasy

A girl stumbles upon an enchanted world only to discover its harmful secret.

113%

This project got the green light!

A Bleeding

Denton, Texas Film Short
LGBTQ, Experimental

A young queer man relives one night’s traumatic events three times over, piecing back together scattered memories and coming to terms with h

106%

This project got the green light!

Ellavut Cimirtuq [our world is changing]

Sebastopol, California Film Feature
Documentary, Nature

In the sinking villages of rapidly warming Alaska, people stand their ground.

89%

This project got the green light!

Proximity

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Drama, LGBTQ

A coming of age story of a young woman discovering her masculinity.

92%

This project got the green light!

Teddy

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Film Short
Comedy, Drama

Teddy is a parallel story between a screenwriter and the characters he creates in order to win back his lost love.

84%

This project got the green light!

Ride in Progress

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Comedy

A female-driven, R-rated comedy about the daunting task of finding your way back to yourself and to your friends after a breakup

100%

This project got the green light!

Go Go, Boy!

Chicago, Illinois Film Short
Comedy, LGBTQ

A boy finds comfort in his own skin when he dumps wrestling for fabulousness

83%

This project got the green light!

Naked

New York City, New York Film Short
Comedy, Drama

A restless mother seeks to rediscover herself by modeling nude for an art class, and ends up baring more than she planned.

188%

This project got the green light!

SINGLE: an AFI Directing Workshop for Women Project

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Drama, Romantic Comedy

A woman with a physical difference gets set-up to go on a blind date with a guy who also has a physical limb difference. And she is pi$#ed.

102%

This project got the green light!

Su Promesa

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Drama, LGBTQ

Fearing for her life, a young Guatemalan bride must adapt when her forcibly arranged marriage is fatally threatened.

88%

This project got the green light!

Joyriders

Atlanta, Georgia Film Short
Adventure, Sci-Fi

3 kids from the hood find an alien spaceship and take it on a joyride. They must decide to help the their world, or escape into the unknown.

103%

This project got the green light!

The Pod People

Seattle, Washington Film Short
Horror, Sci-Fi

An apathetic man returns from a night out to discover a hideous growth rapidly spreading throughout his body

105%

This project got the green light!

BLOCKS

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Comedy, Experimental

A mother of two young children begins to spontaneously vomit LEGO blocks.

101%

This project got the green light!

"410 Stamped"

Baltimore, Maryland Film Short
Action, Drama

An unlikely pair of Baltimore teens find themselves together on one wild night against a backdrop of curfews & over-policing.

88%

This project got the green light!

BEAM

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Action, Sci-Fi

A hapless thief, gifted with a teleportation device, must fulfill one final job in order to save her family.

80%

This project got the green light!

The Lost Comet

Mexico City, Mexico Film Short
Drama, Music

Joining narrative film and dance, this story sheds light on a voiceless tragedy while racing through the iconic landmarks of Mexico City.

86%

This project got the green light!

Los Angeless

Los Angeles, California Series
Comedy, Drama

Los Angeless is an anthology series made up of 9 short films by 15 female filmmakers, set in an authentic, unromanticized version of L.A.

83%

This project got the green light!

Less Worthy of Survival

St. Augustine, Florida Film Short
Sci-Fi

In an apocaliptic era, women's willpower and resilience are put to the test.

85%

This project got the green light!

Blood Rust

Atlanta, Georgia Film Short
Drama

In a town where gossip spreads like wildfire, Joan must bridle her volatile sister to prevent family secrets from destroying them both.

169%

This project got the green light!

Pacurí

Middletown, Connecticut Film Short
Drama

On the cusp of her Quinceañera, Pacurí must choose where her loyalties lie: with her devoted family, or her rich friends.

216%

This project got the green light!

Sad Orangutans Rob A Bank

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Comedy, Crime

Walden lives a carefree life as an affluent orangutan in LA, however, because of his declining mental state, he decides to rob a bank.

81%

This project got the green light!

The Bra Mitzvah

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Comedy, LGBTQ

A young teen's journey into adulthood happens in the most mortifying experience: getting fitted for a bra.

100%

This project got the green light!

EL NARCO

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Drama, Foreign Film

When a Mexican doctor captures a corrupt cop, an innocent nurse must evaluate her own morals as the doctor pressures her to work with him.

83%

This project got the green light!

Animal Instincts

Baton Rouge, Louisiana Series
Comedy, Fantasy

After struggling through several arguments, a moon goddess and a werewolf visit Theodore Krumpkin for couples counseling.

84%

This project got the green light!

Alien Guy Tim

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Comedy, Documentary

An outcast, Alien Guy Tim, wants to prove that he has been abducted by aliens, but faces many obstacles along the way.

140%

This project got the green light!

Bitten, A Tragedy

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Film Short
Horror, LGBTQ

Surrounded by predators, a haunted Black Queer Femme must decide how to survive present dangers and confront trauma of the past.

83%

This project got the green light!

Virtually

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Romance, Sci-Fi

A woman struggling in a post-apocalyptic wasteland discovers a VR machine and finds love while repeating the same VR sunset over and over.

112%

This project got the green light!

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