Hey, I'm Sarah Joy!

Austin, Texas

SARAH JOY BYINGTON is an award winning actress, screenwriter, and aspiring director from Austin, TX. She started her career as an actor, and began experimenting with other facets of production beginning in 2010. Since then, she has worked on dozens of various commercial and film productions, including everything from crafty to costuming on productions like AMC’s The Son. Over the last decade, Sarah has continued to put her storytelling skills to use, acting in more than 20 films. Notable credits include Friday’s Child (AJ Edwards), Parkland (Peter Landesman), and The Night We Met (Jon Cring), for which she took home the Best Actress award at the Atlantic City Cinefest in 2017.  Sarah has also produced over 20 commercials and short films including her entry “Payday” that took home semifinalist for Doritos Crash The Super Bowl in their final year.


Sarah is drawn to dark, raw stories, as well as absurd tales of eccentric characters, all the while unearthing her fears and weaving her own flaws into her stories. She wants to give the voiceless a vehicle, so that these voices have a chance to carry too. She believes that her purpose is to make known the sufferings of the many faces outside our own bubble, and to address our modern dilemma: can we shock this generation into caring about the beautiful, imperfect world around us?

My Projects

Projects I'm Supporting

Retreat!

Richmond, Virginia Film Feature
Comedy

A self-indulgent couple find themselves accidentally hosting a couple's retreat for a cast of oddballs.

109%

This project got the green light!

Aurora

Shreveport, Louisiana Film Short
Drama, Sci-Fi

A woman wakes up in a strange surreal place where she starts mysteriously reliving memories.

93%

This project got the green light!

Divorce School

Fairfield, Connecticut Series
Comedy, Drama

When divorcing couples are required to attend co-parenting classes, they learn that divorce isn't the end of their lives- it's the beginning

106%

This project got the green light!

Cherry Cola

Washington, District of Columbia Film Short
Comedy, Drama

When Sherri gets arrested for stealing, she needs to find money for her legal fees. Opportunity strikes, and his name is Tom.

139%

This project got the green light!

Low Strung

Chicago, Illinois Series
Comedy

An audacious pair of black friends explore social issues and chaotic endeavors through a surreal lens in Chicago.

86%

This project got the green light!

Talk Black

Greenville, South Carolina Film Feature
Comedy, Drama

Under pressure of workplace competition, a passive engineer develops a split personality; a human embodiment of her wild repressed desires.

80%

This project got the green light!

Broken Bone Bathtub

New York City, New York Film Feature
Comedy, Drama

This is a documentary about Broken Bone Bathtub, an immersive theatre project taking place inside a bathtub, in an actual home.

109%

This project got the green light!

The Ball Method

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Biography, Drama

The untold story of African American chemist Alice Ball, who at the age of twenty-three found an effective treatment for leprosy in 1915.

109%

This project got the green light!

Out There

Jersey City, New Jersey Series
Comedy, Experimental

Two alien sisters journey to the Big Apple to make it BIG! However, competition in NYC is tough, and the sisters struggle to "fit in".

133%

This project got the green light!

Hotline: Digital Series

New York City, New York Series
Drama, LGBTQ

Attorney Hazel Clarke becomes involved at a suicide hotline and begins to look like a murderer after the suspicious death of her sister.

105%

This project got the green light!

After the Game

Oakland, California Film Feature
Documentary, Sport

Three women from a 1999 college basketball team push to test their limits. Two decades later, they apply lessons learned off the court.

136%

This project got the green light!

The Pushouts

Los Angeles, California Film Feature
Drama, Documentary

THE PUSHOUTS is the story of Victor Rios’ evolution from school pushout to UC professor and thought leader on the school-to-prison pipeline.

91%

This project got the green light!

Queens: Digital Series

New York City, New York Series
Comedy

Three best friends struggle to make ends meet while realizing being adults is a lot harder than their immigrant parents led them to believe.

100%

This project got the green light!

Sister President

Los Angeles, California Series
Comedy

Anything HE can do, they can do better.

83%

This project got the green light!

When Women Rule The World: GEN XX

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Comedy, Sci-Fi

In 2070, a politician learns she’d poll better with a family and begrudgingly visits a Grooming School for Husbands for a quick fix.

100%

This project got the green light!

Ex-Sisters-In-Law

Los Angeles, California Series
Comedy

When a sheltered, eccentric woman reconnects with her brother's pragmatic and hermit-like ex-wife, a hilarious, unlikely friendship resumes.

85%

This project got the green light!

You Promise?

Malmö, Sweden Film Short
Drama, Family

A short film about family love, divorce, and fear of change - from a five-year-old's perspective.

138%

This project got the green light!

Birds Fly Home

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Drama, Family

When Arab American, Leila, travels from Jordan to Los Angeles to visit her American mother, she is sporting a new accessory: a hijab.

103%

This project got the green light!

Good Chemistry

Portland, Oregon Film Short
Comedy, Science

An 80s homage for the 21st Century: Two science majors left alone on campus for Thanksgiving discover a place where they belong.

93%

This project got the green light!

Our Colleagues

New York City, New York Film Short
Adventure, Comedy

A seemingly-ordinary woman sets off on a mission to encounter aliens in this dark comedy about truly getting away from it all.

100%

This project got the green light!

Lily (Short Film)

New York City, New York Film Short
Comedy, Horror

When a young, vigilante serial killer finds her first love, she must protect him from the dangerous threat of them all... herself

93%

This project got the green light!

Let Me Do Right By You

Austin, Texas Film Short
Drama

A single mother raising her child by herself, must choose to accept help before she loses her mind.

111%

This project got the green light!

SUPERESTAR

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Comedy, Drama

A Salvadoran-American indie pop star hides out in the nightclub bathroom and encounters the attendant, who is from the same town as her fthe

89%

This project got the green light!

Void

New York City, New York Film Short
Drama, Thriller

A young woman discovers the violent consequences when her jealous fantasies begin coming to life.

84%

This project got the green light!

Truth, Incorporated

New York City, New York Film Short
Drama, Thriller

In a post-totalitarian takeover, a group of rebels must report the news truthfully, while confronting dark secrets of their own.

100%

This project got the green light!

Through A Glass, Dimly

Austin, Texas Film Feature
Drama

Two woman. Two different ethnicities. Two different generations. Two different problems. Just one solution.

80%

This project got the green light!

GRANNY PANTIES

Boston, Massachusetts Film Short
Comedy

Lawbreakin' grannies Patty Rodwell and Jo Smith must rescue their friend, Bitsy Pike, from a nursing home before she retired for good!

80%

This project got the green light!

Vanilla Milkshake

Atlanta, Georgia Film Short
LGBTQ, Romantic Comedy

With the help of a “true love" token a hopeless romantic will meet a skeptical waitress who will make her question her faith in the device.

106%

This project got the green light!

Marble Man

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Drama, Teen

A story about, Ivy, a delusional teenage girl who falls in love with a statue and is determined to turn him back into a human.

100%

This project got the green light!

Where The Roots Lie - A Story of Women Empowerment Through Art

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Documentary, Drama

Medha, an all female drum troupe strive to pave a new path for women and artists in Cambodia.

102%

This project got the green light!

Corri and Sara Are Famous

Chicago, Illinois Series
Comedy

Corri and Sara tell stories. Now they're in the story. Now here's a cartoon about it with a celebrity voiceover. And a song. Boom: Famous.

101%

This project got the green light!

Dancers

Austin, Texas Film Short
Comedy, Drama

A female comedian becomes so obsessed with the idea of being a dancer that she overlooks her own unique talents and abilities.

104%

This project got the green light!

Expanding Sanctuary

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Film Short
Documentary

The documentary follows the historic campaign to end the sharing of police database information with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

100%

This project got the green light!

The Blonde Experiment

Los Angeles, California Film Feature
Comedy

When two mousy gal pals pose as platinum blondes they're catapulted into the life of their dreams, until their dirty dark roots pop up.

100%

This project got the green light!

Black Gold

Austin, Texas Series
Comedy, Drama

A recent Howard law graduate unexpectedly inherits her family's pawn shop set in a community she hoped to outgrow.

100%

This project got the green light!

Flock

Bar Harbor, Maine Film Short
Thriller, LGBTQ

Flock is a trans-created dramatic thriller about a man traveling to Maine to rescue his lover from a lethal cult.

93%

This project got the green light!

A Call Above the Clouds

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Drama

Having received tragic news about her husband’s failed expedition on Mount Everest, Sally(35) tries to go there and save him herself, but i

112%

This project got the green light!

Feeling Sexual

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Comedy, Drama

An eccentric high school senior embarks on a mission to seduce her narcissistic family friend while visiting him at college.

83%

This project got the green light!

Monica & Me

Austin, Texas Film Short
Comedy

A young woman grapples with self-esteem in the wake of a questionable life decision.

132%

This project got the green light!

Incurable

New York City, New York Film Short
Drama, Romantic Comedy

Incurable: a journey of love, rejection, and an overactive imagination.

113%

This project got the green light!

Ultimate World

Austin, Texas Film Feature
Comedy, Drama

While riding out the last few weeks of their lease together, a recently-split couple attempt to establish new lives beyond each other.

82%

This project got the green light!

Vecinos. The movie.

Austin, Texas Film Feature
Romantic Comedy

It's never too late to fall in love

95%

This project got the green light!

God Made Man

Austin, Texas Film Feature
Drama, LGBTQ

Leading double lives and seeking redemption, a homeless transgender man, a penniless drag queen, and a corrupt lawyer violently collide

102%

This project got the green light!

Hysterical Women

New York City, New York Series
Comedy

What do you do when your friend (and boss) is accused of sexual assault? Alexa realizes the answer is never black and white.

144%

This project got the green light!

Women in the Front Seat

Los Angeles, California Film Feature
Documentary

WITFS paints a vibrant and diverse picture of women owning their Power moving forward with Speed and no longer asking Permission for Freedom

83%

This project got the green light!

Duncan

Austin, Texas Film Feature
Crime, Satire

A young black journalist & an angry alt-right militiaman team up to uncover a child trafficking ring hidden in a pizzeria's basement.

86%

This project got the green light!

Ordinary Women

San Francisco, California Series
Animation, History

Feminist Frequency's new video series about defying stereotypes, challenging the status quo, and being extraordinary.

103%

This project got the green light!

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