the pitch


the team

Tess Forestieri, Creator / Director

Tess is a NYC-based freelance filmmaker with a background in various forms of media and video content. Primarily a director / producer, Tess also has extensive experience as an assistant director, production manager, and production coordinator. Tess is a 2015 summa cum laude Muhlenberg College grad, where she was awarded the James D. Schneider Award for Social Justice & The Susan E. Halamay Journalism Award. Tess currently works in the Project Management department at VaynerMedia, managing digital and social shoots for PepsiCo brands.

David Siciliano, DP / Editor

David is a NYC-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, Associate Producer

Graduate of Muhlenberg College, Edan received his degree in film studies and completed his first web series during his final year. Edan studied film at FAMU in Prague during this third year of college, working on various independent films as an actor, director, and AD. Edan was selected as best actor in the original play, Fast, which brought him to The Kennedy Center for their national acting competition. Originally from Israel, Edan is currently living and working in NYC at the HRtech company, JustWorks, as a Sales Development Associate.

Lisa Maier, Associate Producer

Lisa recently completed her B.A. at University of Vienna in Theatre, Film & Media studies and English & American Studies and is in grad school to receive her M.A. in Arts Administration and Directing. Lisa is the founder and CEO of her company, Wiener Spielwut, which received official registration in Vienna this year. Lisa has directed various theatre projects with her company, including Regained Paradise Lost, Bel Ami, and Concerning Mars, which was part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Lisa has worked on various independent films as an actor and producer in Austria and Germany such as Philomena (2016) and Stark im Kommen (2017 TV Show Pilot) and Terra  Nullias (2019).



Flunkyball is fiscally sponsored by IFP, the independent filmmaker project. This means anything you contribute to Flunkyball is 100% tax deductible!


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news & updates

July 2019


Featured during production, Tess Forestieri and team are captured by WFMZ! 


Watch the production segment here!

March 2019

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.


Check it out here

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February 2019
Flunkyball was selected as one of the Top 20 Finalists for the Roy W. Dean Grant!  
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