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Picking Up the Pieces at an Ill-Fated Teaching Gig in ‘Urban Teach Now’

Picking Up the Pieces at an Ill-Fated Teaching Gig in 'Urban Teach Now'

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Urban Teach Now

Logline: A biting satire set in New Orleans about an achievement-obsessed recent grad who joins a non-profit teaching program as a last resort.

Elevator Pitch: 
“Urban Teach Now” follows Eunice Son, an achievement-obsessed recent grad, who joins a non-profit teaching program after being rejected from her dream job on Wall Street. Eunice finds herself teaching at a public high school in New Orleans, ill-equipped with only her B.A. in Business Management and unflagging entitlement. She struggles to find validation in her new unfamiliar world, and fails to relate both to her students and her fellow teachers.

Production Team:
Director: Heather Fink
Heather Fink came to filmmaking after being a standup comedian for years and making funny videos before ending up at NYU’s Grad Film school. She currently pays the bills as a Sound Person, most recently working on Daredevil and The Get Down. Previous jobs include PR for a gay porn company, Senator Kennedy Intern, and Content Strategy for Digital Media companies. She’s directed over 35 comedy shorts, most recently Sara Benincasa’s “The Focus Group” and her first feature film “Inside You.”

Executive Producers: SJ Son and Ginny Leise (aka the production team SJ&GINNY)
SJ is a gloriously sharp witted actress, physical comedian, dancer, and writer. She is 1/2 of the sketch comedy duo, SJ&GINNY, known for their viral comedy videos and original series, most recently in The Shame Game and Feminist Babysitter. Having studied improv/sketch at PIT, UCB, and The Annoyance she is part of the long running improv team, Das Buttverk. As an actor, she studied at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, T.Schreiber Studios and graduated from Cornell. SJ is skilled at creating fun powerpoint decks and saying lots of cool words at meetings, a skill she picked up working in advertising, and as a teacher with Teach For America.

Ginny Leise is a New York based actor, writer and comedian. She is one half of the comedy duo SJ&GINNY. Their many projects include the sell-out variety show The Shame Game, the web series HOG: Hearts of Gold, Feminist Babysitter and the play Great Gig: A Corporate Training for Business. Their work as been featured on Huffington Post, Splitsider, i-D Vice, Jezebel, Bust and Bustle to name a few. You can catch Ginny performing stand up and sketch all over NYC and on MTV’s new show Bugging Out.
Born and raised in New Jersey mere minutes from the Cherry Hill Mall, Ginny spent her childhood trying and failing to get the family’s pet cat to hang out with her. Once, while proving to a neighbor boy she was faster than him, she ran full speed into a parked car. She lost two front teeth and won the race. After graduating from Colorado College with a B.A. in History & Philosophy, Ginny took the next logical step and moved to New York City to pursue comedy and acting.

Producer: Candice Vaughn
Candice Vaughn is a Creative Producer and Director originally from Florida. She graduated from New College of Florida with a concentration in studio arts/theater and began to make short films. She then went on to pursue an MFA at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She has worked in key positions on films all over the world.

About the Film:
As an Asian American actor, the number of racist, stereotyped auditions I go on would blow your buns off. And the number of times my characters are violently raped, for the sake of being “provocative”, would blow your eyebrows off!

Being marginalized can be discouraging. But being the restless creators we are, we decided to change this. We wrote a story about an Asian American woman who has agency, is the driver of the story, not an accessory, and the anti-hero of a hilarious and surprisingly sad story of a struggling young teacher.

Current Status: We are crowdfunding through Kickstarter until April 12th. Simultaneously we are in pre-production for cast/crew/locations in New Orleans as well as NYC.

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