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Hey, I'm Oriana!

Chicago, Illinois

Born in Sicily and raised in Chicago, Oriana is an independent film director, writer, producer, and actor. Recent award-winning films include “Lobster fra Diavolo,” “Camp Belvidere” and “Lost and Found.” She is currently in production for two shorts, and in pre-production for an international feature. Her work focuses on bringing to life the complexities of the mundane in both drama and comedy. She is committed to elevating the visibility of women in front of and behind the camera. Oriana holds a B.A. from McGill University in International Relations and an M.A. from the University of Chicago in International Law. She is the Director of Programming for Women in Film Chicago.

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CASHED

New York • Comedy, Drama

Suddenly unemployed on her 25th birthday, Jess struggles to find peace (and pot) amidst the unique obstacles of life as a Millennial in NYC.


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HELP WANTED

Denver • Comedy, Drama

HELP WANTED tells the story of Roger (Jim O'Heir), a retirement-aged gentleman, who is unsuccessfully trying to re-enter the workforce.


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Split

New York • Drama, LGBTQ

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.


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Paper Birds, Film Production Fund

Oakland • Action, Drama

A desperate TV starlet with a rocky career makes an attempt at getting back in the spotlight by joining the circus


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Lady Parts Justice in The New World Order

Chicago • Comedy, Documentary

Lizz Winstead's band of Merry Pranksters defends reproductive rights in this documentary by award-winning filmmaker Ruth Leitman.


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An Act of Terror

Charlotte • Drama, History

The true story of Virginia Christian, a 16-year-old African American girl accused of murder in the Jim Crow South.


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Hide and Seek

Washington • Drama, Sci-Fi

An indie rock musician turned stay-at-home dad makes an impulsive wish, propelling him into an alternate reality.


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The Adventures of Penny Patterson

New York • Comedy, Teen

Penny faces growing obstacles to winning the science fair after her boyfriend becomes a superhero.


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Futureboy

New York • Comedy, Sci-Fi

Billy comes from the future to stop himself from inventing time travel. Nope. Now to convince a judge, his wife, and himself he's not crazy.


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GRAS: Generally Recognized as Safe

• Drama, Thriller

A veterinary pharmaceutical sales manager struggles to secure her crumbling client base by whatever means possible, but at what cost?


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