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Hey, I'm Yael!

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.

My Projects

Projects I'm Supporting

Jalisco

Los Angeles • Action, Adventure

Female heroes are seldom, but there is no one like Jalisco. A Latina heroine who is a deadly folklorico assassin with blades released fro


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Always A Thorn

Los Angeles • Drama, Crime

Two teenagers, Two police officers, stereotypes and tensions collide, who will survive?


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You're The Pest

New York • Comedy, Family

Two estranged childhood friends, Alex and Marissa, unexpectedly inherit their families' extermination company in Queens.


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Bite Me

New York • Comedy, Romance

A subversive romantic comedy about a real-life vampire and the IRS agent who audits her


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Marisol

New York • Drama, Foreign Film

When a young mother takes a risk to provide for her daughter, a stranger turns her transgression into a nightmare.


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Drought

Wilmington • Comedy, Drama

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


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Lost Bayou

Lafayette • Drama, Family

A struggling addict ventures out into the Louisiana swamp to discover that her estranged faith healer father is hiding a troubling secret.


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A Room Full of Nothing

Austin • Adventure, Romance

In this Swiss Army Man meets Eternal Sunshine adventure an artistic couple's life takes a bizarre turn when they wake up alone in the world.


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D.I.Y.

Philadelphia • Comedy, LGBTQ

A queer couple is determined to tie the knot their own way.


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Xerxes

Jersey City • Sci-Fi, Thriller

While recovering at his estranged childhood home from cochlear implant surgery, Xerxes spirals down the rabbit hole and may never climb out.


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Fantastic Santa Monaco

Los Angeles • Drama, Satire

A film about a group of performance artists who are looking for love, connection and significance in Los Angeles.


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The Invaders

New York • Horror, Thriller

When a girl is followed on her way home, she finds herself facing a sinister force that threatens her entire existence.


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Pulling Wool

New York • Action, Comedy

A two hander about a platonic best-friendship that culminates in a city wide search for $7,000 to pay off gambling debt and save their lives


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Tracing the Hairstons

New York • Documentary, History

This three-part documentary series explores the journey of the Hairston’s and shows how American slavery helped propel the Hairston’s to one


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Interference

New York • Drama, Thriller

A violent altercation between a police officer and a black man left one person dead. A couple passing by must decide what they believe.


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MOMTRESS (The Series)

Montclair • Comedy, Drama

Libby Sandler, a frazzled suburban Mom, is on a mission to be a good parent AND get the part.


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Clementine

Portland • Drama, LGBTQ

A heartbroken woman stows away to her estranged lover's lake house where she becomes entangled with a teenage girl.


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Blood Stains

Los Angeles • Horror, Thriller

Leaving his band and girlfriend behind to become a star in America, an ambitious singer meets a mysterious hitch-hiker with a plan.


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Stronger Than Pretty

Los Angeles • Drama, Romance

A young mother's "American Dream" turns into a living nightmare, until she listens to a voice she hadn't heard before; her own!


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Human Telegraphs

New York • Comedy

Three women form a ‘human messaging’ business in NYC and get tangled in the intimate, unexpected, and hilarious lives of strangers.


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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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CRUDE

Los Angeles • Comedy, Drama

A story about Andy Cooper and her gang of merry assholes dealing with the loss of one of their own and how life is revealed through death.


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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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Leia's Army

Silver Spring • Drama, LGBTQ

A family comes apart at the seams when a teenage girl attends the Women’s March without telling her Born Again Christian mom.


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Female Friendly

Los Angeles • Comedy

A female-driven, buddy comedy about two women and their pursuit in female friendly porn production!


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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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FLYBY

Los Angeles • Drama, Sci-Fi

When a passing asteroid changes the way people experience time, one couple discovers that their life together is quickly slipping away.


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All American Kids

New York • Documentary, Family

Celebrating the many ways WE ARE ALL AMERICAN, this documentary/animated kids series transports young audiences across the country.


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Breasts

New Orleans • Drama

When a working mother mentions to her male co-worker that she has to pump her breasts, he slaps her with a sexual harassment complaint.


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Hutterite

Sioux Falls • Drama

Marigold, a young girl living in a Hutterite Colony must choose between her life in the commune and the freedom of the outside world.


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Mandated

New York • Comedy, Drama

No one thinks they need therapy... until they're in it.


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Ghost Girl

New York • Comedy, Musical

Ghost Girl, Jess, navigates the afterlife and helps BFFL, Emma Leigh, through the 5 Stages of Grief with songs, snacks, sleepovers & more.


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Self Portrait

New York • Drama, Experimental

A young woman reflects on the authenticity of her parents marriage in a staged dinner scene revealing three individual perspectives.


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Nonprofit Web Series

Portland • Comedy, Drama

A girl on a mission in America's whitest city.


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Lily 'N' Rose

Denver • Drama

Lily and Rose are best friends. When Rose abandons her, Lily flees into the wilderness, confronting something even more profound.


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Mama Drama

Fairfield • Comedy, Drama

A suburban mom has a falling out with her friends via text messages. It takes her 10-year-old daughter to remind of what really matters.


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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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Sylphvania Grove

New York • Adventure, Fantasy

A troubled girl follows a magical being into the woods where her fears take on fantastical forms.


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Welcome Home

Albany • Comedy

When life handed them lemons, they moved back home with their parents.


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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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About a Donkey

New York • Comedy, LGBTQ

A quirky ensemble comedy about growing up, about growing old, and about a donkey.


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Going Mental

Orange • Drama, Musical

Two students find the right way to fit in while dealing with social anxiety and depression, connecting through a band they both listen to.


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སྙིང་གཏམ་ : “The heart's tale”

Seattle • LGBTQ, Foreign Film

The first work of its kind, Nïngtam (སྙིང་གཏམ་) is dedicated to the Tibetan spirit.


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Half the Picture

Los Angeles • Documentary

HALF THE PICTURE is a feature documentary about working women directors in Hollywood.


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The Things We Do When We're Alone (feature)

Brooklyn • Comedy, Drama

what happens when you don't just love music, but live by it.


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Kinesthesia

Los Angeles • Drama, Shorts Program

Frustrated at her inability to accurately remember a particular time of happiness in her life, Minny sets out to find it again.


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That's Not Us

New York • LGBTQ, Romantic Comedy

An intimate portrait of 3 couples on a beach weekend that tests the strength of their relationships


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Live a Little

New York • Comedy

An ambitious 9yr old must complete her bucket list since she expects to die by the end of the day.


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CongestedCat Shorts

New York • Drama, LGBTQ

Character-driven, stereotype breaking short films about loss from the creators of 'Kelsey.'


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