For the final days of Women’s History Month, we’re celebrating the amazing women in our community! Below, you’ll find six inspiring lady KitSplitters who are making a big impact in the film world. From a comedic director making people laugh on NY blogs Gothamist and Brokelyn, to a filmmaker whose documentaries have been screened at festivals worldwide, these ladies represent the power and creativity of women in media, storytelling, and film today.
Yasmin is a new media artist, experience designer, and creative technologist working at the intersection of art and technology. In 2014, Yasmin was listed in GOOD Magazine’s GOOD 100, an “issue dedicated to showcasing 100 people who are pushing the world forward in inventive and inspiring ways.” Most recently, Yasmin joined Second Story, an interdisciplinary design studio focused on elevating the art of storytelling, where she explores new forms of story-driven experiences through technology, experimentation and innovation.
Yasmin and her co-creator, Jigar Mehta, joined forces with Emerge Technology and built an on-the-ground outreach team to create 18DaysInEgypt. During the first 18 days of the Egyptian revolution, Egyptians were documenting the story in real-time to the entire world through photos, videos, and social media. 18DaysInEgypt collects these stories all in one place to tell the collective history of the Egyptian revolution. With a support from the Tribeca Film Institute, Ford Foundation, and the Sundance New Frontier Lab, Yasmin and Jigar launched the website on January 25, 2012 – the first anniversary of the uprising – and the community has created over a thousand stories on it since.
Lizzy is a comedic director and photographer in New York City. She is the Co-Founder of Carbonated Films, which has created content for Major League Soccer, IFC, and more. Her digital content has been featured in Splitsider, Gothamist, Brokelyn, Animal NY, IndieWire, and Comedy Cake. Formerly a producer for Upright Citizens Brigade house digital team UCB1, she also performs stand-up and improv with her all-female indie team, The Feds. She is collaborating on her new comedic series, WOMG, with the Founding Artistic Director of NY Madness, Cecilia Copeland.
WOMG is female-focused comedy about a college radio talk show hosted by two very different young women, Allie Garfunkel and Lena Cruz. Each episode the characters rapid-fire banter about the issues on their radio show, while dealing with the administrative hierarchy of their school and the media. Lizzy rented a 70-200mm Canon lens to help with shooting on set.
Eren is an Istanbul-born, New York-based filmmaker, who has worked with clients such as the NFL, MTV, and World Education Services amongst others. She is currently in the process of submitting her new short film, Daydreaming, to festivals.
Danielle just graduated in 2015 from the Rhode Island School of Design in the Film Animation and Video department. While still in school, she made a short documentary about rape culture and was a 1st team Production Assistant intern for Woody Allen’s Irrational Man. In her free time, she films her travels, concerts she sees, and events she attends. She is currently working as a Multimedia Production Associate at Flo & Frank.
Her senior thesis film, Youth, is the story of Youth told through the eyes of an energetic, happy boy living in Providence, RI, with his parents and siblings. The half-brother of characters Danny and Jay, Jonathan admires his brothers, wishing for nothing more than to hang out with the older boys. However, confusion sets in when his brothers are unexplainedly taken to prison. You can see the film and more of her great videos on her Vimeo.
Jasmeet is a photographer, writer, and video producer. Born in Malaysia and raised in Canada, Jasmeet has worked in multiple industries and major cities, including at Canada’s largest daily newspaper in Toronto, as a music video producer in Los Angeles, and in the tech industry in Silicon Valley. Formerly at Facebook in New York City, Jasmeet now lives in San Francisco and works as Senior Creative Producer at MasterClass. Her freelance photography work mainly centers around concert and travel photography.
Jasmeet recently had the opportunity to photograph Taylor Swift in concert during her 1989 World Tour in 2015. She rented the 24-70mm/2.8 Canon Lens from KitSplit, wanting to experiment with the lens that is popularly recommended by other concert photographers in companion with her 70-200mm/2.8 lens. Her photos from the concert were published on Entertainment Tonight Canada.
Her new documentary, “Mumbai Mornings,” tells the story of Abbas Sheikh, a jewelry polisher and one of India’s top ultramarathon runners. Abbas describes the world that has opened up to him while running through the vibrant city he calls home. She shot the film with her Canon C300 that she rents out on KitSplit to pay for post-production costs.