Magic Hour

New York City, New York | Film Feature


Jacqueline Christy

1 Campaigns | New York, United States

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What would you most love to be doing right now? Is there a long-deferred but cherished dream inside you that just won't give up? That's the situation Harriet finds herself in at the beginning of the movie and we'd love for you to join this journey and see what it takes to finally go to for it!

About The Project

  • The Story
  • Wishlist
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  • The Team
  • Community

Mission Statement

"Magic Hour" is a film about a female filmmaker. It is being made by female filmmakers. We have a diverse group of women both in front of and behind the camera. The film celebrates women of all ages and celebrates the idea that our best years are ahead of us, no matter age, gender, or creed.

The Story


The Backstory

Six years ago, at the age of not-22, I decided to go to film school.


And this is what happened.


OK Magic Hour is not precisely and exactly what happened. The film is a highly fictionalized account of what happens when someone finally, after many years of procrastination and self-recrimination, puts their dream to the test.


So for the past 6 years, I've been attending the wonderful NYU Graduate Film program. When I started there, I found myself navigating through an entirely new world. The hilarious adventures and ultimately the self-reckoning I experienced going to school with 20-somethings is at the root of my inspiration for Magic Hour. The experience has been both challenging and thrilling. For anyone out there with a "crazy" or "irrational" or "impossible" long-deferred dream, I really hope this film encourages you to go out there and make that crazy dream come true!


The Film

"Magic Hour" is the first feature film by Jacqueline Christy. In this semi-semi-autobiographical film, Harriet, a 40-something housewife decides it is finally time to live for herself when her two-timing husband leaves both her and her bank account completely drained. She takes it upon herself to enroll in film school behind both her daughter and estranged husband's backs, and starts living life on her own terms. This Manhattan-based comedy explores the difficulties of starting anew as a woman in mid-life, and celebrates the notion that it is never too late to start again.


Join Us in Making the Magic Happen!

We would love you to be involved in this adventure in any way you'd like! Here are some ways you can be a part of the movie magic:

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Pitch Her Productions is serving as fiscal sponsor for the film Magic Hour, and is accepting tax-deductible donations on behalf of the film. They are a production company formed "for the purpose of encouraging, fostering, and promoting the advancement of women in the film industry, including the creation of more roles for women, both in front of and behind the camera." Pitch Her Productions is a non-profit organization described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and all donations will be tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law (your contribution is tax deductible minus the value of your incentive gift).


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Hair and makeup for our cast.


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Food for our crew.


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Production Sound

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For transportation of our cast and crew.


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For lighting our set.


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For props.


Costs $5,000

Camera to shoot the movie.

About This Team

The Crew

Our Director

Jacqueline Christy is a writer, director, and founder of Access Manufacturing, Access Theater, and Christy Consulting. At Access Theater, she has produced many new plays including the world premiere of The Killing Act, starring Peter Dinklage, written and directed by Tom McCarthy (Spotlight); the world premiere of Aasif Mandvi’s one-man show Sakina’s Restaurant; and the world premiere of Stephen Belber’s Tape. She is the recipient of a 2017 Sloan Foundation and Women Make Movies research grant. She has produced and directed several short films including her documentary Rehearsal which was in competition at the Austin Film Festival and her upcoming short Other People. She was Associate Producer and First Assistant Director on the short film Fry Day (SXSW, Tribeca 2017). She was the First Assistant Director on the upcoming feature film Radium Girls, on the NYC unit of the feature film Equity and on the short Jungle (Sundance 2016). She is currently an MFA candidate in the NYU Graduate Film program and is shooting her first feature in the summer of 2018.


Our Executive Producer

José Rivera is the first Puerto Rican screenwriter to be nominated for an Oscar. Many of his plays have been produced across the nation and even translated into several languages, including The House of Ramon Iglesias, Cloud Tectonics, The Street of the Sun, Sonnets for an Old Century, Sueño, Giants Have Us in Their Books, References to Salvador Dalí Make Me Hot and Adoration of the Old Woman. In 2003, Cloud Tectonics was presented in the XLII Festival of Puerto Rican Theater, an event sponsored by the Puerto Rican Institute of Culture, in San Juan. Rivera helped found the Los Angeles-based theater company, The Wilton Project. Rivera has won two Obie Awards for playwriting, a Kennedy Center Fund for New American plays Grant, a Fulbright Arts Fellowship in playwriting, the Whiting Writers' Award, a McKnight Fellowship, the 2005 Norman Lear Writing Award, a 2005 Impact Award and a Berilla Kerr Playwriting Award.


Our DP

Lasse Ulvedal Tolbøll

is a cinematographer and director from Odder, Denmark. He first gained interest in filmmaking during high school shooting skate videos with his friends before transitioning into short fictional and experimental narratives. He went on to study media science at the Southern University of Denmark. After living in Taiwan for six months, he began the masters program in Film and Media at the University of Copenhagen before transferring to the graduate film program at the Tisch School of the Arts in New York City. He is now based in New York City where he is an HBO-sponsored BAFTA Scholar. Lasse was the 2018 recipient of the Volker Bahnemann Award for outstanding cinematography.


Our Costume Designer

Desira Pesta is a NYC-based costume designer & foremost a storyteller. A cinephile with a Masters in Costume Design from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Desira views costume and production design as anthropology. Starting as a fine artist and painter, her work offers a stylized & painterly cinematic life, and her obsession with period accuracy, character-building, & nuanced storytelling breathes life into every detail. For ten years, Desira ran her own ethically-produced sustainable fashion line in Brooklyn, outfitting legends such as Courtney Love, Vampire Weekend & Greta Gerwig.


Our Casting Director

With top agency and management relationships, Adrienne Stern is known for working closely with Directors and Producers to secure the types of casts that open doors to major film festivals and distribution packages. Her films have premiered at Sundance, Toronto, Cannes, Tribeca, Berlin, South by Southwest, Seattle and many other prominent film festivals, many taking home prestigious awards.



The Cast

Miriam Shor is an American actress and producer, best known for her work on the critically acclaimed series’ TV Land’s Youngerand FX’s The Americans. Earlier in 2018 she made her directorial debut in Younger’s season five episode, “Big Little Liza.” Miriam has acted in productions ranging from the stage, television, and film, and now helms Jacqueline Christy’s feature Magic Hour as the lead, Harriet.


Joseph Patrick Breen is an American actor, playwright and screenwriter. He has acted primarily on TV but has also appeared in numerous films, as well as on Broadway and Off- Broadway. In 2010, he starred on Broadway in Next Fall. He has played Andrew Munsey, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, on the CBS drama Madam Secretary. He is currently playing Larry Your Waiter on Barry Sonnenfeld's Netflix series, A Series of Unfortunate Events.


Current Team