2021 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL OFFICIAL SELECTION
A lonely millennial addicted to support groups disguises herself in different personas while trying to fit in, leading her on a theatrical journey.
How far would you go to belong? In Liza Anonymous, Liza takes it too far.
In Latinx writer Leah McKendrick’s film, Liza's desperate search to fit in gets her wrapped up in a tangle of lies and ill-informed emulation. As her charade crumbles, she learns that imitation is not the sincerest form of flattery, but finds solace in the most unlikely of places.
Leah McKendrick is an actress/singer/filmmaker that got her start in musical theatre in San Francisco. She began writing, producing, and performing live in her teen years before studying Theatre at Chapman University. She went on to create and star in the acclaimed musical web series, DESTROY THE ALPHA GAMMAS, which made her a Webby Award Honoree and a Streamy Award Nominee. In 2014 she formed Villainess Productions and wrote/produced/starred in several award-winning shorts before graduating to her first feature. M.F.A. premiered at SXSW 2017 and was heralded as “the first horror film to speak to the #Metoo era” (The New York Times). In 2020 Leah wrote and directed PAMELA & IVY, a dark, feminist take on the origin story of DC supervillain, Poison Ivy which premiered on Collider. Leah is currently working on her dream job - writing the GREASE musical prequel SUMMER LOVIN' for Paramount Pictures.
Aubrey Smyth is an award-winning film and commercial director based in Brooklyn, NY by way of Lawn Guyland. She is a lover of witty dialogue, colorful props, and adores a circular dolly track. Aubrey graduated from the acclaimed Pratt Institute and started her production company Gingersnap NYC at the age of 21. In 2020, the music video Aubrey directed for Aish Divine “BBC” won 9 Telly Awards and was a Webby Award nominee. She was the Grand Prize Winner for Moët Moment Film Festival sponsored by Moët & Chandon for her dramatic film "The Bout" in 2018. Never one to be pigeonholed, her first documentary about the unregulated fertility industry, "The Need To Know", was executive produced by Tribeca Studios and 23andMe in 2019. In addition, she writes and edits many of the commercials she directs. Represented by Cutter Productions, she directs commercials and branded content for clients such as Netflix, Google, Amazon, A&E, and Purina and with talents Mark Ruffalo, Priyanka Chopra, and Aidy Bryant to name a few.
Producer and Line Producer
Katie Rosin has been working in production and marketing for film, television and theater for over 20 years, founding Kampfire Films in 2001 after working in production on films such as American Psycho and Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Kampfire Marketing was instrumental in the launch of the Broadway musical, Brooklyn, and the National Tour of Mother Load. Kampfire has been integral in multidimensional campaigns for New York Innovative Theatre Award Recipients, GLAAD Award winners, back-to-back NYMF Best of Fest winners, and Drama Desk nominees. In 2014, she helped launched Stage17.tv, a digital entertainment destination for the world’s largest stage—the Internet. Kampfire Films works in association with MyCarl productions and with them produced the Web Series Gemma & The Bear and the upcoming Beckys Through History. Katie also produced the award-winning feature film, Closure, the talk show Chic Chat, the Reality Series We Are The Jones, and the award-winning short film Speed Grieving. Some of Kampfire’s current and past clients include: 14th Street Y-LABA Theater, Attic Theater, Boomerang Theatre Company, Convergences Theatre Collective, Esperance Theatre Company, The League of Professional Theater Women, MyCarl Productions, New York Innovative Theatre Awards, New York Neo-Futurists, The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College, and R.Evolucion Latina. Up next is the feature film, AWoman Abroad. She is currently developing multipleprojects including television series and featurefilms.kampfirefilms.com | kampfirefilmspr.com
Producer and Production Designer
Daniel Ornitz is a filmmaker and designer based in New York City and Los Angeles. His primary areas of expertise range from production design / art direction, graphics, branding, marketing, and architectural / interior design. Additionally, he produces film and episodic content, among them the short film “ENGAGED” starring Daniel K Isaac (Billions) and Ryan Jamaal Swain (Pose), and “ALL HAIL BETH” for BRIC TV. His work has screened at Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, BFI, Palm Springs, Outfest, SeriesFest, ITV/Catalyst, BAMcinemaFest, ABFF, Florida Film Festival, Frameline, New Orleans Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival and more.
Director of Photography
Chloe Smolkin is a cinematographer who studied at NYU. Her extensive IMDb credits include countless TV series and films including Improv Everywhere Originals, Good Morning America, Comedy Underground with Dave Attell, and Love and Hip Hop: New York. Chloe has worked commercially with brands such as Google, Ford, Nike, Trident, Toyota, AT&T, and more
Brooklyn Quarter is a storytelling collective, crafting unique web series and films. Founded in Brooklyn by Timothy Reese and Danielle Beckmann in 2017, we're now based in Los Angeles. We believe a good story moves life forward for all of us. Recent work includes Liza Anonymous (short film, 2021) and Making The Show (a behind-the-scenes journey into making a world class tabletop web series.) Up next for Brooklyn Quarter is a re-boot the series Just All Around Good Ideas: Danielle Takes LA. www.brooklynquarter.com
Katie Rosin is an award-winning producer, who has been working in production and marketing for film, television and theater for over 20 years, founding Kampfire Films in 2001. After working in production on films such as American Psycho and Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Kampfire Marketing was instrumental in the launch of the Broadway musical, Brooklyn, and the National Tour of Mother Load. In 2014, she helped launched Stage17.tv, a digital entertainment destination for the world’s largest stage—the Internet. Kampfire Films works in association with MyCarl productions and with them produced the Web Series Gemma & The Bear, Wherever You Go, and the web-satire Beckys Through History. Katie also produced the award-winning feature film, Closure, the talk show Chic Chat, the Reality Series We Are The Jones, and the award-winning short film Speed Grieving. In post-production is the TV pilot Outdated, the short film Liza Anonymous and Tonya Pinkins’ horror feature Red Pill. Up next is the short film Fraud and the feature films, A Woman Abroad and Changing Tides. She is currently developing multiple projects including television series and feature films. www.kampfirefilms.com