Weird Sisters Films
Originated in 1997 as a theatre company devoted to producing new works by women, our theatrical endeavors utilized a cinematic style that warranted a natural progression into film. As filmmakers, it is our aim to promote women artists, present thought-provoking ideas and break down barriers while interpreting the magic and mystery of the human condition.
ABIGAIL ZEALEY BESS
President / Founding Member
Director Abigail Zealey Bess hails from London and has worked extensively in New York’s film and theatre community as a director, independent filmmaker, producer and writer. She has been directing theatre, specializing in new work since she arrived on these shores and established Weird Sisters as a theatrical entity in 1997. Under the auspices of her company she has developed many projects in collaboration with both established playwrights and new writers emerging on the New York scene.
She subsequently directed and produced her debut film, the award winning baseball trilogy, Play Ball!, which screened at festivals in the USA and all over the world including the Berlin Film Festival. In addition to winning Best Film at seven USA festivals, she was awarded 1st Prize for best short film by woman director at the LA Women In Film Competition.
As a long-standing member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre based in New York, one of the leading developmental theatres of new plays in the USA, she has directed and produced numerous new works. Theatre Credits include: Thicker Than Water Young Blood Festivals – 2000 thru present), Amy Fox (scribe of feature film Heights which starred Glen Close), Where the Children are, Bed and Breakfast, Summer Cyclone, Jay Holtham’s School Nights, Posterity, Crystal Skillman’s Tooth,(featuring Frank Whaley), Leslie Caputo’s Birthmarks and Susan Kim’s Momento Mori. Her work at EST has earned glowing reviews from The New York Times. Ms. Zealey Bess has also helmed several one woman shows for the stage: Belle of Amheurst, (Regional Tour), Underground Goddess (Ohio Theatre’s Watermark Festival), The Lion starring Judith Roberts(Abingdon Theatre, NY) Madwoman in the Attic (which opened to rave reviews at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and later transferred to SoHo Repertory Theatre for its New York premiere). She was Assistant Director on John Leguizamo’s one-man show Freak, which played to sold-out audiences at Broadway’s Cort Theatre.
She continues to head Weird Sisters developing theatrical ventures and feature film projects that promote and support prolific women artists and writers giving voice to new and exciting work. Current Projects in production include a comedic webisode series, entitled Here’s what I like, and now I’ll tell you why and a live animation feature length script, 7 Variations on the Same Lover with Crystal Skillman.
SARA BRETT PATTERSON
Vice President / Founding Member
Sara Brett Patterson has been an integral part of Weird Sisters since 2002, bringing her business and management expertise to the company. Prior to coming on board, Sara was a founding member of Daisy Jayne Productions, which produced Cock & Bull Story at the Greenwich Street Theatre. Weird Sisters film producing credits include ‘Play Ball!’ ‘Reverse Psycho,’ and ‘The Launch.’ Ms. Patterson has also developed several projects under the Weird Sisters banner. Among them: “Atom + Eve: A Rock Opera” and “7 Variations on the Same Lover” (also transferring from stage to screen). Sara received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and her MBA from Baruch College. Her corporate work experience includes Director of Recruitment for SIRIUS Satellite Radio in New York and Director of Talent Acquisition at Coach. Currently she serves as the Vice President of Operations at Gilt City, a member of the Gilt Groupe. In addition to her work in film and entertainment, she is the co-owner of LOBO Restaurant, which has two locations in Brooklyn, New York.
Producer / Director of Publicity
JP Sarni serves as Vice President for development at the Los Angeles-based film and television company, aid+abet. He has worked in the entertainment industry for the past ten years as a producer of film, television, theatre and satellite radio. In 2007, he moved to Los Angeles and began working in development at HBO Films before moving on to aid+abet where he oversees development and is a producer on several projects, including the miniseries, SUCCESSION (in development at USA Network.) He is a partner in the production entity Métropole Ink which runs the entertainment blog, JoyHog.com. He holds a BFA in Media and Performing Arts from Savannah College of Art and Design.
Director of Special Events
An actor and voice-over artist, Carol Jacobanis has lived, worked and studied in New York, London, and Los Angeles. Her NYC theater credits include “Flashback” and “Criminal Conversation,” both directed by Abigail Zealey Bess at Ensemble Studio Theatre; “Tamburlaine” with Target Margin Theater; the FringeNYC award winner “Surface: the Absurdist Biography of Uncle Phil;” “As You Like It,” “Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “King Lear” with Shakespeare NYC; and the lead in the rarely performed Horton Foote play “Getting Frankie Married: and Afterwards” with Horton by the Stream. Her film and television credits include “Law & Order SVU,” the title role in the short drama “Judith,” and 2008 candidate for president Hannah Jefferson in the mocumentary/art film “Europe for President” for ARTE France TV. She also has roles in the Weird Sisters films “Random Acts of Intimacy” and “The Launch.” As lead singer with the late 1990s pop/rock band Primrose Hill, Carol was a regular performer at the notorious Loser’s Lounge and worked with members of Blondie, Television, the Patti Smith Group and The Bongos, to name a few. She can be heard in the animated feature “The Boy Who Wanted to Be a Bear,” television cartoons from “Pokemon” to “Winx! Club” to “Magical Do Re Mi,” and in a wide range of ads and video games.