Tess Forestieri, Writer / Director
Tess is a multidisciplinary artist with a background in theatre directing, performance, and media studies. After graduating college Tess made the transition into film and hasn’t looked back since.
Tess has directed, produced and managed both narrative and promotional/branded content for small businesses and independent production companies while continuing to develop her own creative work.
In the commercial video space, Tess has produced and managed award-winning digital ad campaigns for Fortune 500 brands like Pepsi, Cheetos, Frito-Lay, etc. which have been featured in AdWeek, AdAge, Medium, PEOPLE, The Drum, Billboard, etc. Tess has also lead video production for social, digital, and OOH advertising campaigns.
Above all, Tess is an empath and collaborator driven to tell stories that encourage communication surrounding difficult topics. You can read more at tessforestieri.com
David Siciliano, DP / Editor
David is a San Diego-based freelance filmmaker and has worked on national commercials with VaynerMedia for brands such as Budweiser, Gatorade, XBox, Quaker, Mountain Dew, and others.
David works primarily as an editor / DP but has extensive experience line producing and post producing. David’s work has been seen on US national television during the 2017 World Series and other major sports games.
David is a cum laude graduate of Syracuse University where he received his BFA in Acting. David won various awards throughout his four years at university -- including Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Production. Upon graduation, David founded the NYC based non-profit film and theatre company, RADD Productions, which focuses on the simple and sustainable production of artist-based projects. David is currently working as a Producer / Editor at Fullscreen Media.
Edan Laniado, Executive Producer
Edan is an Israeli-American artist with a background in an assortment of arts related fields, including classical piano, theatre, film theory and music.
Edan studied screenwriting and film production at FAMU in Prague during this third year of college, where he worked on a variety of independent films as a writer, actor and director. While at FAMU Edan composed original music for the film Bratři, which won Best Short Film at the UCLA Film Festival. Edan was also selected as Best Actor in the original play, Fast, which brought him to The Kennedy Center for their national acting competition.
After graduating with a degree in film studies, Edan moved back to Tel Aviv for several years and produced his first album, The Opposite Wall, which is available on all streaming services.
Edan works in NYC at an Israeli cyber security startup while continuing to develop his TV pilot about capitalism and parallel universes in addition to his next album.
Lisa Maier, Associate Producer
Lisa is a German stage director and film actress who recently completed her B.A. at University of Vienna in Theatre, Film & Media studies and English & American Studies.
Lisa is currently attending grad school for her M.A. in Arts Administration and Directing and the founder and CEO of her company, Wiener Spielwut. Lisa has directed various theatre projects including Regained Paradise Lost, Bel Ami, and Concerning Mars, which was part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
She has worked on various independent films as an actor and producer in Austria and Germany such as Philomena (2016), Stark im Kommen (2017 TV Show Pilot) and Terra Nullius (2019).
NEWS & UPDATES
FLUNKYBALL has been accepted to the LIft of Global network and will be screening at Toronto Lift Off Film Festival in August 2020!
Click here for more information on 2020 programming for this festival!
Featured during production, Tess Forestieri and team are captured by WFMZ!
Watch the production segment here!
Read the full story here!
FLUNKYBALL creator, Tess Forestieri, was featured on Channel 69 News WFMZ to speak about the premise of the film and its connection to the community.