Now You See Us

New York City, New York | Film Short


Barbara Miluski

2 Campaigns | New Jersey, United States

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We want to start a dialog about ageism in a comedic fashion, to increase awareness for future women "of a certain age". Won't you join our conversation?

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Mission Statement

The story we are sharing is about advocacy for women who have been deemed invisible based solely on their age. We used an all-female cast & crew to show that women, of all ages, are an important and productive part of society. Our team is also inclusive of diverse backgrounds.

The Story

We are women and actors "of a certain age" and we have become invisible. 

Our film is about how women can lose relevance in today's society after reaching "a certain age".  We want to start a comedic dialog about ageism, to increase awareness about the issue. Won't you join our conversation?



As aging actors, we are finding less and less work, especially in commercials. Just look around! Do you see many ads using older actors?  No. And we ask you, why? We use most of the same products as everyone else and our demographic spends more money than any other! 


So we decided to do something about this.  We wrote a funny play that would address the issue and hopefully start a dialog.  The play was then adapted into this film by Romina Schwedler.




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Costs $576

A well fed cast and crew is a happy and productive cast and crew.


Costs $370

Our equipment needed to be transported to our location.


Costs $600

The ambiance/character of a location adds to the story.


Costs $1,294

Creative lighting adds to the mood and story of the film.

Cash Pledge

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Cast and Crew

Costs $5,145

A great cast and crew is integral to a great movie and that takes money.


Costs $7,213

Professional camera equipment is necessary to deliver on the visual concept for our film.


Costs $502

There are always last minute misc. things that need to be bought.

Film Festivals

Costs $6,000

We want to enter our film into many festivals to ensure broad and diverse audiences.

Sound, Sound Design and Studio Time

Costs $3,000

Good sound is critical to a film - when it's bad it detracts from even the most beautiful visuals.

Graphic Design and Social Media

Costs $800

Getting the word out about our film costs money as well.

Post Production

Costs $2,000

A successful film needs good editing, color and picture.

About This Team

ROMINA SCHWEDLER (Screen Writer and Director)

Romina was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina where she started her artistic career as a classical dancer. At the early age of 15, she moved to NYC by herself after being selected for the School of American Ballet.

She followed with music education at The Juilliard School and intensive acting training at the William Esper Studio, during which she began to be featured in films, TV and commercials. 

Some of her earlier credits include stage performances from Swan Lake and Bach’s Saint Matthew’s Passion (at some of Argentina’s most prestigious venues like Teatro Colon and Teatro Coliseo), to Guys and Dolls (The Juilliard Theater) and A Mass (New York State Theater).

Daughter of a successful Argentinean actress/director and an award-winning photographer, Romina developed a passion for visual storytelling at a very young age. 

In 2014, she made her directorial debut with How a Man Gets Ready (a 1 min spec commercial/ micro-short she also wrote, produced and starred in), through which she was selected as one of the top emerging directors at SHOOT Magazine’s 12th Annual New Directors Showcase, held at NYC’s Directors Guild of America Theater, sponsored by the DGA.

Romina followed by writing, directing and producing Bad Connections (another 1 min spec commercial/ micro-short). 

Both pieces, as well The Slapper Flapper (as a silent comedy micro-short shot with her phone), went on to screen at venues such as Hollywood's legendary TCL Chinese Theater, Toronto's Carlton Cinemas, and New York's TriBeCa Screening Room, receiving 23 awards and 4 nominations combined.

These include: Best Micro-Short Film (Houston Comedy Film Festival. 2014), Best Commercial (California International Shorts Festival. 2014 & 2015 -for both ads), Best Micro-Short by a Woman (Lionshead Film Festival. 2014 & 2015 -for both ads), Best Concept (International Independent Film Awards. 2014), and Best Micro-Short Film (Austin Revolution Film Festival. 2015 & 2016 -for both ads).

Romina has also been a part of the production team for several films, commercials and web content. She participated in international filmmaking panels, served as a judge for the Emmy Awards, and in 2016 joined NYWIFT (NY Women in Film and Television) with the goal of becoming more involved in the female filmmaker community.

In early 2017, she completed her first short film The Visit (which she wrote, directed, produced) in NYC.

The Visit is a 12 min psychological drama starring Academy Award Nominee June Squibb (Nebraska) and Sean Maher (Firefly), currently enjoying a successful festival run, having received 11 awards, 16 nominations and 5 special mentions so far, including Best Director, Best Short Film, Best Short Film by a Woman, Best First Short Film, and Audience Awards.

Still based in NYC, Romina is currently in the process of writing the screenplay for her first feature, as well as in post-production for her next [all-female cast & crew] short film, Now You See Us.


BARBARA MILUSKI (Actor, writer, and producer)

Barbara is a native of Chicago where she was part of Laugh, Inc. a successful comedy group that performed around the Chicago area. 


A graduate of the Second City Workshop, Barbara came to NYC to seek fame and fortune via Tampa, FL where she appeared in commercials and TV pilots. 


Since coming to NYC she has appeared in various theatrical productions such as Vagina Monologues, A Month in The Country, Lady Windermere’s Fan, and Tartuf. 


She has had guest star roles on Elementary and Show me a Hero, a recurring role on Girls and is currently appearing in recurring roles on Law & Order and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. She has starred in two award-winning independent films.  One of which earned her a nomination for Best Actress in the Houston Comedy Film Festival. 


She has just written, produced and starred in her own play "Boom" which was nominated for best play in The New Short Plays Festival and was adapted for the screen, into the short film Now You See Us, by Romina Schwedler.

Currently, she is working on the post-production phase of said film and enjoying the ever adventurous NYC subways.


Barb is represented by SW Artists. 




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