Joanna Kerns, perhaps best known as an actress for her role as Maggie Seaver on the beloved sitcom GROWING PAINS, is also an accomplished writer, director, and producer. Her more than 60 directing credits include episodes of THIS IS US, THE GOOD DOCTOR, GREY’S ANATOMY, CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND, and JANE THE VIRGIN. She is the co-writer, director, and producer of the short comedy GOLD LUNCH and the associate producer on the dramatic documentary UNREST. In 2016, Kerns was diagnosed with breast cancer after a routine mammogram. Following two lumpectomies, she made the choice to undergo a preventative double mastectomy to avoid the chance of the cancer returning and so that she would not risk the side effects of radiation. Since that surgery, she has been given an “all clear” – the best possible news.
Liz Manashil earned her B.A. in Film and Media Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, and her M.F.A. from USC's School of Cinematic Arts. Post graduation, Liz spent several years as a film critic for the PBS/Hulu series JUST SEEN IT (which she also helped produce and direct). Overlapping this, Liz worked with distribution guru Peter Broderick. Her debut feature, BREAD AND BUTTER, was called “an absolute must-watch for women everywhere” by HelloGiggles. It was released by The Orchard and can be seen on VOD nearly everywhere (including Hulu!). Liz is currently in post-production on her second feature film, SPEED OF LIFE, starring Ann Dowd and Allison Tolman, and lives in Los Angeles with her dog, Laura Palmer, and her partner, Sean Wright. She is the Manager of Sundance Institute’s Creative Distribution Initiative. www.lizmanashil.com
Elizabeth Yarwood is an accomplished cinematographer working in narrative film, documentaries, and commercials. Her recent projects have included horror short HARPIES and spoken word piece WHY I SMILE, which raises awareness about teen suicide. She also served as director of photography for the comedic web series LA PICKER, which she wrote and produced. She has documented a groundbreaking eye surgery as well as photographed commercials for top tech, financial, and development firms. Her work has been seen on a variety of television networks and streaming platforms as well as at numerous festivals, including South by Southwest, Cinequest, Dances with Films, and the Sedona International Film Festival. Yarwood holds a BA in Photography from Bard College and an MFA in Film Production from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. She lives in Los Angeles. www.lizyarwood.com
Steven Sears is a director and writer. He wrote the feature film DAVE MADE A MAZE. Praised for its imaginative tone and striking production design, DAVE MADE A MAZE has shown in numerous international festivals and won multiple awards, including a Saturn Award and the 2017 Audience Award at Slamdance. His involvement with LADY PARTS stems from his experience as a caregiver for a family member with severe Toxicant Induced Loss of Tolerance (otherwise known as Multiple Chemical Sensitivity).
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A Los Angeles native, Devin Sidell received her B.A. from Princeton University and immediately moved back to L.A. to pursue a career in film and television, appearing on such acclaimed shows as MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE, THE O.C., and NUMB3RS while simultaneously feeding her love for the stage. She won an L.A. Weekly Award for her performance in LAND OF THE TIGERS at Sacred Fools Theatre and was nominated for both LADCC and Ovation Awards for THE BEHAVIOR OF BROADUS, co-produced by Center Theatre Group. Devin has appeared in shows at the Kirk Douglas Theatre as well as on The Broad Stage opposite Josh Gad and Bryce Dallas Howard.
In addition to recent appearances on RAY DONOVAN opposite Liev Schreiber, the viral singing criminals scene in BROOKLYN NINE-NINE, NCIS, and CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND," Devin appears in Rob Zombie’s horror film 31 (Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival) and recurs as a sketch performer on JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE! A carrier of the BRCA-1 gene mutation with a family history of ovarian and breast cancers, Devin decided in 2017 to undergo both a preventative double mastectomy and a preventative hysterectomy/oophorectomy, earning her the label of "previvor." She is a proud member of the Television Academy. www.devinsidell.com
Ani Avetyan was the Casting Associate for 58 episodes of the TNT drama THE CLOSER as well as 85 episodes of that show’s spin-off series, MAJOR CRIMES. Other shows she has cast include The CW’s HELLCATS, about the world of competitive college cheerleading. She recently cast the short films FOR THE LOVE OF HATE and 37:24. Ani teaches acting classes in all genres in the Los Angeles area.
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Amy Byer Shainman, also known as the BRCA Responder, is a patient advocate who provides support and education surrounding BRCA and other hereditary cancer syndromes. She's the executive producer of the award-winning documentary Pink & Blue: Colors of Hereditary Cancer. She is a BRCA1 gene mutation carrier. In 2010, she had two prophylactic surgeries to drastically reduce her cancer risk; a nipple sparing, skin-sparing mastectomy with reconstruction and oophorectomy with a hysterectomy.
Shainman has been featured in Cure Magazine, The Jewish Journal, and The Palm Beach Post. As a digital ambassador for the National Society of Genetic Counselors gene pool, she is considered one of fifteen influencers who have unique perspectives and knowledge in the fields of genetics and genetic counseling. Her articles have been published in The American Journal of Managed Care, Jupiter Magazine, and Oncology Nursing News.
Her BRCA memoir, "Resurrection Lily - the BRCA gene, hereditary cancer, & lifesaving whispers from the grandmother I never knew…”, is now available at these online retailers.