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Prequel Podcast


sarah beim
katherine filaseta

Hi! My name is Sarah ( @sarahbeimedits ). I am the writer of "cataclysm.begin". As a queer Jewish filmmaker, I understands how it feels to be misrepresented in media and want to change that.I have always been fascinated by dreams, sci-fi, and dystopian. These genres inspired me to create my own unique worlds. A lot of my works are inspired by real-world issues but with a twist, as a way to escape but still shed light on issues that need to be addressed. have loved storytelling ever since I was little. Creating something from nothing is exciting and freeing.

Maria Palacio

katherine filaseta (she/her) is a queer female filmmaker based in NYC. While most of her work has been as an assistant director, when she is in the director's chair herself, katherine enjoys exploring the way every different type of art combines via film to tell stories - especially stories from marginalized points of view.

katherine has directed three episodes of Black Panties, a web series celebrating the beauty and intuition of Black women in all their forms, as well as a PS about street harassment reappropriating Gnarls Barkley's Crazy from the point of view of a woman walking down the street. She is also in post-production on two music videos with singer/songwriter Megn for her post-Trump-era album about community struggles and women's empowerment, and is in post-production on a documentary, Carol and I, about the way the loss of control brought about by dementia transformed her grandmother's relationship with both her family and herself.

Other than directing, katherine also works regularly as an Assistant Director, where she uses her scheduling and leadership skills to help underrepresented creators of varying backgrounds tell their own stories. Her credits as a 1st AD include Bounce TV's Who Is Christmas Eve? starring Paige Hurd and Romeo Miller; Pulse Film's Hip Hop Treasures, a reality show starring LL Cool J and Darryl DMC McDaniels; and commercials for clients such as GrubHub and Facebook/Meta. She has also worked in the AD department on sets for Hulu, AppleTV+, and HBOmax

Outside of film, katherine spends her time reading, tweeting about being bisexual (@kay_fil), dancing to Bollywood music, and snuggling her adorable asexual homoromantic bunny @kajalthebun

Maria Palacio is a Brooklyn based filmmaker & photographer who was inspired through her own experience as an up-and-coming filmmaker to create a forum to nurture other emerging artists in the field by establishing Revolution Me Film Festival in 2016. With the experience in assisting the coordination for the Big Mini Media Film Festival at Long Island University during her graduate tenure, she used the skills and knowledge in turning the Revolution Me Film Festival into an annual event, attracting filmmakers from all over the world.

Maria has written and directed three short films, Necromancer (2015), The Unknown

(2017) and Unlocked (2022). Necromancer and The Unknown have screened at numerous festivals & have received award nominations. She is also one of the producers of the award-winning prologue of The Promise, a docu-series on childhood cancer. She is the producer of I F#%SING QUIT, a comedic web-series. She has written/ directed her own web series, Pay It Forward in Death, which has been an official selection at the Philadelphia Latino Film Festival in 2021. The International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival in 2021 and The Latino Market in 2022.

Maria is now working on her first directed/co-produced documentary, The Fighter in Us. Her documentarv series is one of 89 recipients of the 2022 NYC Women's Fund.

Maria holds an MA & BA in Media Arts with a focus in screenwriting and directing from Long Island University.

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