Mission StatementThe art we make digs into the intricacies of simple moments, and searches for the “why” of human behavior - especially at its most embarrassing or convoluted. As a group, we are a close knit, female led team and our priority is to continue filling our rooms with BIPOC + femme voices.
About The Project
While scrolling through Instagram, Kara, an adrift young woman, finds evidence that her college friend and one time crush, Ben, is now single. Downing a glass of red wine, she calls him in an attempt to see if there’s anything still between them. Faking a butt dial, the two catch up and discuss their respective realities and regrets, until the conversation leads them down memory lane and the road they should have (not?) taken.
Times of uncertainty and isolation leads to seeing things differently, doing things you wouldn’t normally do, and offers the illusion of control. With The Stacks, we hope to inspire others to pick up or put down the phone. This film is also for anyone who just missed making out.
For The Stacks, the intent is expressionism though color and visually matching our protagonist’s emotions through color. That created a world that blurs the line between emotions, nostalgia and “the fantasy” vs. reality. As Kara moves through the events of the film, she falls deeper and deeper into her perception of the past and the world around her begins to morph into something dreamlike in color and light, which is exactly why post production color is so important to our vision.
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About This Team
Margaret Kellas - Director
Margaret Kellas is a director, writer and actor based in Chicago. She is also a woman in tech. Her first film, this is not the morning i thought i was going to have is currently in film festival circulation. margaretkellas.com
Jillian Warden - Actor and Writer
Jillian Warden is an actor and writer from Chicago and currently based in New York. Her work in this is not the morning i thought i was going to have is currently in film festival circulation and up next is Collected Stories at Redtwist Theatre in Chicago this spring.
Tiffany Dillon - Producer
Tiffany Dillon is a visual media enthusiast. With a background in advertising and a passion for video production, she has a deep understanding of the media landscape. Tiffany currently works as a video producer in Chicago - primarily in the advertising world.
Tiffani Bauer - Director of Photography and Editor
Tiffani Bauer is a queer-identifying cinematographer with a passion for emphasizing storytelling through compelling images. She is an award-winning editor whose passion for crafting stories in post-production has transitioned to curating the images to tell those stories. Tiffani’s experience as an editor equips her with a unique set of skills, and always having post in mind allows her the space to explore and experiment with confidence on set. She has shot two self-funded films, “The Stacks” and “This is Not the Morning I Thought I Was Going to Have”.
Brandon Towns - Assistant Camera and Gaffer
Brandon Towns is a multidisciplinary artist working in still photography, motion picture, and design. He received his Bachelor of Science in advertising with a minor in photography in 2020 from Bradley University. He is the first Bradley University student to be the recipient of the Multicultural Advertising Intern Program Fellowship or MAIP in 2019. He was also one of three recipients of the Sundance Institute's Roger Ebert Fellowship for Film Criticism in 2018.
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