Weird Sisters Films
Films that cast a spell on you...

Weird Sisters Films

Films that cast a spell on you...

THE SISTERS

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.

The Sisters

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.


JP SARNI

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.


CAROL JACOBANIS

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.

FILMOGRAPHY

FILMOGRAPHY

Mary and Louise

A Silent Film About Finding Your Voice

2013

Directed by Abigail Zealey Bess

Short-form screenplay by Amy Staats. An ode to the silent film era and the screen goddess that belonged to that time.

Visit the Mary & Louise Website for more info.

WATCH TRAILER VIEW STILLS
Here’s What I Like, RUSSIAN LIT! And Now I’ll Tell You Why

(DIGITAL WEBSERIES)

2011

Directed by Abigail Zealey Bess
Producer: staatsfactory

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Here’s What I Like, Fashion and Flowers! And Now I’ll Tell You Why

(DIGITAL WEBSERIES)

2010

Directed by Abigail Zealey Bess
Producer: staatsfactory

'Fashion and Flowers' Festival selection:
Brooklyn Girl Film Festival
Garden State Film Festival, NJ
La Comedy film festival
Trimedia film festival
Chashama Festival, NY
Big Vision Empty Wallet’s Comedy night, NY
LA comedy Shorts East Coast, Conneticut

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Here’s what I like, Fruit! And Now I’ll Tell You Why

(DIGITAL WEBSERIES)

2009

Directed by Abigail Zealey Bess
Producer: staatsfactory

Festival selection – La Comedy Film Festival

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Play Ball!

A Trilogy of Baseball Films

Play Ball!, a trilogy of short films paying tribute to baseball, honors the people whose passion and participation support the game — the groundskeeper, the fans, and the umpire. These black and white musically driven narratives evoke the silent movie era, which in turn creates the atmospheric magic of a day at the ballpark. The films were shot on location at Shea Stadium, New York.

TRILOGY:

WATCH: Fanfare for a Common Man

WATCH: Random Acts of Intimacy

WATCH: Caught in Time

Directed by - Abigail Zealey Bess
Story by - Denny Bess and Abigail Zealey Bess
Director of Photography - Petr Hlinomaz
Edited by - Maisie Weissman, Renny Maslow
Music by - Amy Jones, John Hegner
Sound Designer - Tom Paul
Costume Designer - Christine Verleny
Executive Producers - Robin O’Hara and Scott Macaulay, Blanche Brann, Lola and Paul Bess, Sabine Schenk
Produced by - Weird Sisters: Sara Brett Patterson, Abigail Zealey Bess

Technical Specifications:
Original shooting format: 16mm and 35mm B/W, 1:1.33
Exhibition format: Letterbox Downconvert of HDD5
Digital Betacam and DVD available
Total Running Time with Credits : 22 mins 45secs

The Launch

(DIGITAL SHORT)

2009

Weird Sisters went into partnership with Jason Howard for production of his short narrative project, “The Launch,” which was shot in Manhattan and Brooklyn.This short, penned by Howard, follows three friends on a magical and psychadelic adventure after they become trapped on a city rooftop watching the launch of a space shuttle. Helmed by Zealey Bess, the cast stars Howard, Denny Bess, Edwin Sean Patterson and Johnny Giacalone.

Directed by Abigail Zealey Bess
Written by Jason Howard
Starring Denny Bess, Johnny Giacalone and Jason Howard
RT: 14 mins 11 secs
Shooting Format: Mini DV
Exhibition Format: Digital

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Reverse Psycho

Music Video

The dynamic indie-punk band, Sherry and their single, “Reverse Psycho.” Is featured in this music video. This New York band consists of songwriter and lead vocalist, Sherry Vail, Mike Van Steyn and Walter Atkinson. The project was a co-production between Weird Sisters and Fashionista Music.

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UPCOMING

UPCOMING PROJECTS

Icarus Stops For Breakfast

Based on EATING a short story by Rick Bass

A short quirky film about two misfits who fall in love.
Coming Spring 2019.

Written by Holli Harms

Produced by Below The Belt & Weird Sisters Films

With: Molly Carden, Bobbie Moreno, Cathy Curtin & Denny Dale Bess

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MEDIA

MEDIA

Here are some production stills and videos for you to watch.

FILTERS
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  • VIDEO

MARY & LOUISE

PRODUCTION STILLS

The F***ing Wright Brothers

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The Radicalization of Rolfe

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ICARUS STOPS FOR BREAKFAST

PRODUCTION STILLS

Paper Doll

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VIDEO GALLERY

THEATRE ROOTS

THEATRE ROOTS

Weird Sisters is proud of its theatrical roots in New York. Over the years, we have cultivated relationships with actors, directors, writers, designers and artists whose body of work transcends narrative mediums – from stage to screen to song to print and back again. We encourage you to follow the works of our collaborators and associates.


Collaborators

CONTACT

CONTACT US

ABIGAIL ZEALEY BESS

President / Founding Member

E-mail

azbess@aol.com