The team behind Drama
director and creator
After a fruitful career as a cinematographer collaborating with Oscar winners like Jonathan Demme, Martin Scorsese, Robert Benton, and Nestor Almendros, Tony found a new love — teaching. He is currently Head of Cinematography at the NYU Graduate Film Department.
Tony also continues to work on his personal projects: his animated short The Velvet Underground Played at my High School, a feature film script In the Wind, and of course, our web series Drama. Tony sends you this message: “As the creator of Drama, I saw an opportunity to collaborate with many of my closest friends, and also to showcase the extraordinary talent of our leading lady, Rachel Donahue. I hope everyone enjoys watching it as much as we did making it!”
director and producer
Marina Donahue teamed with Tony Jannelli in the spring of 2015 to develop and produce Drama. She is also the co-director, co-writer, and producer of the upcoming feature film All in Time, which has won 11 awards on the film festival circuit. Prior to that she worked in documentary development for National Geographic Television. Through her production company, Corner Bar Pictures, she is co-producing two short films: "Indianapolis," based on a Sam Shepard short story starring Bill Pullman and Gabourey Sidibe; and an animated documentary "The Velvet Underground Played at My High School” which she also co-wrote. She’d like to thank her daughter for so professionally taking direction from her Mom.
Ingrid co-created the acclaimed web series, THE SLOPE, and created the WGA-Nominated F TO 7TH, featuring Amy Sedaris, Michael Showalter, Gaby Hoffmann, Olympia Dukakis and Janeane Garofalo. Ingrid was one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 Faces of Independent Film, Out Magazine's 100 People of the Year and Go Magazine's 100 Women We Love. She received her MFA at NYU Graduate Film School. Ingrid is currently in post-production for first feature film, WOMEN WHO KILL, which was selected for the Tribeca All-Access Program and the IFP Emerging Narratives Lab.
director of photography
Laura Valladao is a cinematographer based in Brooklyn, NY. She has shot shorts and features that have screened all over the world. Laura is currently completing her MFA in cinematography as well as teaching in the grad program at NYU.
Bettina Bilger is New York based actress, writer, director, and casting director. Her directorial debut, a short titled ‘In The Dark’ is a modern New York City Love story with many twists and turns. It was an Official Selection at the 2014 SOHO International Film Festival and won Best Director at the 2014 Broad Humor Film Festival and numerous other awards world wide.
Bettina appears in the role of Gloria in the newest (as yet untitled) Woody Allen feature, to be released in 2016. A key member of the DRAMA team, Bettina was our Casting Director, and also plays the role of Deborah.
Jennifer Ruff is filmmaker and artist based in Brooklyn. She has worked on numerous award winning films, including Kelly Reichardt's Old Joy, Alfonso Cuarón's Y Tu Mama Tambien, Kim Pierce's Boy's Don't Cry, and Lisa Cholodenko's High Art. She recently edited Lyle, an award winning feature starring Gaby Hoffman; The Color of Time a film made with numerous directors and James Franco; and Glass Chin, starring Billy Crudup and Corey Stoll. She is currently editing A Woman, A Part directed by Elizabeth Subrin, produced by Scott Macaulay. Jennifer also exhibits her video art and collages in galleries in NY, LA, Tokyo and London. She has been a professor at NYU’s prestigious Tisch Graduate School of Film since 2001.
Jacqueline Dow was born in Boston, Massachusetts and moved to New York City to attend Barnard College of Columbia University. Prior to beginning her work as a director, Jacqueline worked in advertising, assisting the production of client videos and copy. Jacqueline's filmography includes short films The Stain (2013) and Pisces (2014), documentary shorts Shelter Visit (2013) and Harry White (2014), promotional films for charitable organizations, and spec commercial Music Everywhere (2015), among other projects. She is currently a thesis student, pursuing her MFA at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.
Christina works as a production manager, line producer, and producer on numerous short films, features, documentaries, commercials, and music videos, including for the Grammy Award winning group, The Black Eyed Peas. Several of her films have played at Sundance, Tribeca, SXSW, and HBO. She also co-produced two feature length documentaries, MY UNCLE BERNS, which aired on HBO, and 761st, an independent documentary about the first African American tank battalion to enter combat in WWII. More recently, she served as supervising producer on Season 2 of IN BETWEEN MEN, a web-based TV series, and producer on BLACK CARD, a short that premieres on HBO in Spring 2016. She is also a member of the Producers Guild of America.