CREATIVE TEAM

Serena Schuler, Series Creator, Writer, & Director

Serena Schuler is an award-winning comedy writer, director, and series creator.  Inspired by her experiences in the tech industry, she wrote the script for Makeshift Society, a semi-finalist in the WIF Episodic Lab.  Previously, she created the series Cake Walk, now streaming exclusively on Elizabeth Banks's women in comedy site WhoHaha.  

Her previous work has screened at film festivals internationally, and won various awards including the Audience Award at the Washington Jewish Film Festival, Audience Award Runner-Up at the Women in Comedy Festival, and finalist in the Rachel Bloom Comedy Short Challenge

Off set, she is a member of Women in Film, Alliance of Women Directors, Cinefemme, and the co-founding team of the SF Web Fest.

Serena graduated with honors from Cornell, and received a masters in psychology from Columbia. 

To watch her previous films, visit:  serenaschuler.com

 
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Laura Fries, Producer

Laura Fries is a versatile producer that has worked behind the camera as well as in front of it.  As a Korean American, she is dedicated to diversifying the industry and giving a voice to those that need and should be heard.

Notable credits include: The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Kennedy Center Honors, Paul McCartney at the White House, The Mark Twain Prize honoring Billy Crystal, Showtime Sports, Spiderman on Broadway directed by Julie Taymor, Person of Interest, Law and Order: SVU, SouthLand, Last Writes with Lance Henriksen, Real Artists with Tamlyn Tomita, and Matador directed by Robert Rodriguez

Laura is a proud graduate of New York University and member of the Television Academy, SAG | AFTRA, and the San Francisco chapter of Cinefemme.

For more on Laura Fries, visit IMDb.

 

Michelle Kantor, Associate Producer

Michelle Kantor co-founded Cinefemme, a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to creating gender parity in film and equal representation in the media.  She is an award-winning writer, director, and producer, whose industry credits include work for HBO, FYI, OWN, World of Wonder, The History Channel, Sony, Universal, and NASA.

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ADVISORY BOARD

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Judy Loehr, Executive Producer

Judy Loehr has been building and investing in software as a service (SaaS) companies since 2000, in roles across product, marketing, and venture capital. Judy knows first-hand what it takes to ship product, raise early-stage capital, and launch into new markets. She now advises a portfolio of startups, all with women CEOs, and is excited about changing the narrative around women in tech with Makeshift Society.

 Jenny Cheng, VP PayPal

Jenny Cheng, VP PayPal

 Bonnie Crater, Co-Founder and CEO of Full Circle Insights

Bonnie Crater, Co-Founder and CEO of Full Circle Insights