You’re Invited: Screenplay Reading

Bullheaded, stoic, and scrappy, 17-year-old Mickey Peck lives a codependent existence with her charming, volatile father Hank. But when she falls for Wyatt, a confident newcomer with plans to move to San Francisco, Mickey realizes she wants to leave too. MICKEY AND THE BEAR tells the heartbreaking story of a teenage girl’s emancipation from her father, set against the backdrop of Anaconda, Montana.

Mickey and the Bear key 800Please join us on Monday, December 4, for a Staged Reading of selected scenes of Annabelle Attanasio’s MICKEY AND THE BEAR, followed by a reception.

Monday, December 4
Reading: 7-7:30pm
Reception: 7:30-9pm
Tact Studio | The Actors Company Theater
900 Broadway, between 19th and 20th Streets | 9th Floor, Suite 905

To RSVP for the Staged Reading & Reception, please email (space is limited).

Annabelle Attanasio was selected to receive the 2017 Melissa Mathison Fund, established in 2016 and named for the late Hollywood screenwriter of iconic films such as E.T. THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL. The Fund ​supports HIFF’s annual Screenwriters Lab, and in particular, is instrumental in ensuring that female voices are showcased.​ ​This reading is a direct result of receiving this fund, and will take Annabelle one step further to getting her film made.


catherine curtinCATHERINE CURTIN: WATKINS. Catherine Curtin just joined the 2017 cast of Homeland and is currently airing on the 2nd season of Stranger Things and both Seasons of Insecure, and has co-starred on Orange is the New Black (winner: SAG Award for Best Ensemble 2015 and 2016.) Upcoming film releases include BEAUTYMARK (Woodstock Film Festival Ultra Indie Award winner), GOLDSTAR, THE LIGHT OF THE MOON, CRAZY FAMOUS, BREAKING BROOKLYN, CATFIGHT. Theatre: Burning (St. Clements); Consent (Steinberg Center); Silvermen (EST); The Lady From Dubuque (Signature); Aunt Dan N Lemon (The New Group); So Help Me God (Lucille Lortel). Janis Joplin in Love, Janis Off-Broadway (Joseph Jefferson nomination, Best Actress). Film/TV: WOLF OF WALL STREET, BOURNE SUPREMACY, EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE, REVOLUTIONARY ROAD, CRICKET HEAD (Winner Best Actress: Monaco International Film Festival & Special Jury Prize, Best Actress in a Comedy: Clermont Ferrand International Film Festival), BullUnbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Leftovers, Blue Bloods, Law & Order, The Naked Brothers Band. In addition, Ms. Curtin just shot the indie features MIKE, MIKE TAN and WHEN WE GROW UP.

luke kirbyLUKE KIRBY: HANK. Luke Kirby just wrapped shooting M. Night Shyamalan’s upcoming feature GLASS, along with Anya Taylor-Joy, James McAvoy, Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson. He can recently be seen in Dreamworks’ A DOG’S PURPOSE, directed by Lasse Hallstrom. Other feature credits include Paul Dalio’s TOUCHED WITH FIRE, in which he stars opposite Katie Holmes. Luke can currently be seen recurring on Amazon’s new series, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Luke played the series regular role of Jon Stern in Rectify for Sundance Channel, alongside Aden Young, Abigail Spencer, and J Smith-Cameron. Other film and TV credits include TAKE THIS WALTZ (Dir. Sarah Polley, Magnolia Pictures); THE GREATEST GAME EVER PLAYED (Dir. Bill Paxton, Walt Disney Studios); Astronaut Wives Club, (ABC); The Good Wife (CBS); Show Me a Hero (HBO). Luke was born in Ontario and studied at the National Theatre School of Canada. One of his first big breaks came in the form of a major role working for director David Yates in CBC’s miniseries Sex Traffic. Luke is a dual-citizen of both the United States and Canada. He currently lives in Brooklyn.

Andi Matichak is an actress hailing from Glen Ellen, IL based in NYC. TV: Underground (WGN), Orange is the New Black (Netflix), Blue Bloods (CBS), 666 Park Avenue (ABC), The Boonies (Go90). Film: MILES, REPLICATE, NAOMI AND ELI’S NO KISS LIST. She is a master student of Bob Krakower, and is represented by Jaime Misher at Innovative Artists. She loves sour watermelon candy and her two giant dogs, Clark and Tango.

ronald peetRONALD PEET: WYATT. Ronald Peet is a Bahamian storyteller and musician based in Brooklyn. Film: THE MEYEROWITZ STORIES (Netflix), FIRST REFORMED (A24), THE SURF REPORT. Television: Bull (CBS), Blindspot (NBC), 40 North (Hulu), Girls (HBO). Off-Broadway: The World My Mama Raised (Clubbed Thumb), Spill (EST), Kentucky (EST/P73). NYU Tisch.

Sydney Lemmon is an actor based in NYC. She is currently working on Pam MacKinnon’s Broadway production of The Parisian Woman, written by Beau Willimon. Select theatre credits include Jeremy O. Harris’ Xander Xyst: Dragon 1 (Ars Nova, Ant Fest); Blessing (Yale Institute for Music Theatre, Dir. Kent Nicholson); Fucking A (The First Lady, Yale School of Drama, Dir. Joan MacIntosh); Rancho Mirage (Olney Theatre Center, Dir. Jason Loewith); and a workshop of Love’s Labour’s Lost (Princess, OSF’s PlayOn! Initiative, Dir. Nelson Eusebio). Film: PLAIN FICTION (Dir. Cyrus Duff). Education: Yale School of Drama, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, Boston University.

Film/TV: The Girlfriend Experience, The Knick, The Good Wife, SELF STORAGE, A DREAM OF FLYING. Regional Theatre: Baltimore Center Stage, Seattle Rep, Arizona Theatre Company, Studio Theatre, Trinity Rep, Hartford Stage. Other: Assistant Director: Fiasco Theater’s Cymbeline (TFANA); Co-Executive Producer: Some Freaks (Best Narrative Feature, Portland Film Festival). Education: MFA: Brown University/Trinity Rep Graduate Acting Program; BA: Sarah Lawrence College. Awards: 2011 Shakespeare’s Globe International Actors’ Fellowship; Brown Univ Graduate Teaching Fellow.


Annabelle AttanasioANNABELLE ATTANASIO: WRITER/DIRECTOR. Annabelle Attanasio ​is a ​Los Angeles native​,​ wayward feminist, ​and award-winning, Brooklyn-based filmmaker. Her feature MICKEY AND THE BEAR won the Melissa Mathison Fund at the HIFF Screenwriters Lab and is currently supported by Film Independent and IFP. She plans to shoot MICKEY in the Summer 2018. Her short, FRANKIE KEEPS TALKING, has played festivals nationwide, including Palm Springs, Hamptons, Austin, Mill Valley, and Maryland, and won several awards, including Best Female Protagonist at NFFTY. As an actress, she has previously recurred in Steven Soderbergh’s The Knick (Cinemax) and currently stars in Bull (CBS) as sardonic hacker Cable McCrory. She loves big eyebrows, St. Vincent, Nan Goldin, Andrea Arnold, and the song Work From Home by Fifth Harmony. She is repped by ​queen Rhonda Price of Gersh.

Shortly after graduating Magna Cum Laude from Brown University, Amy Gossels began working as a producer and casting director in New York and subsequently launched her company, Amy Gossels Casting. In addition to casting principals for more than 1500 commercials and branded content pieces, including many CLIO winners, Ms. Gossels has cast more than 100 film and television projects during her 20+ years in the industry. Ms. Gossels has also served as a producer for more than 20 of her film projects. Notable feature film credits include SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE starring Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton and Godfrey Reggio’s VISITORS. Notable short films Ms. Gossels cast and produced include Sundance and Academy Award Winner ZEN AND THE ART OF LANDSCAPING starring Mark Blum and Jacob Pitts. Television casting credits include Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Night of Too Many Stars, VH1’s Big Music You Oughta Know, and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. For a comprehensive overview of Ms. Gossels’ body of work, please visit

Lizzie ShapiroLIZZIE SHAPIRO: PRODUCER. Lizzie Shapiro is a freelance producer in Brooklyn, NY. She has produced several short films that have premiered at film festivals worldwide, including FRANKIE KEEPS TALKING (Palm Springs International Shortsfest 2017, Hamptons International Film Festival 2017), WHERE THERE’S SMOKE (Tribeca Film Festival 2017, Edmonton Grand Jury Winner 2017), and JAHAR (Tribeca Film Festival 2016). Lizzie was recently the Unit Production Manager for Peter Brunner’s TO THE NIGHT and the Production Coordinator for Matthew Porterfield’s SOLLERS POINT. Lizzie also worked on the feature film GOAT (Sundance 2016) as the NY Production Supervisor and Post Supervisor. She recently line produced the summer portion of Omni Boat in Miami, FL with Borscht Corp. She has produced commercial content with companies such as Yacht Club Films, M ss ng P eces, Anonymous Content, All-Expanded, EPOCH, Venables Bell, The Barbarian Group, Alldayeveryday and VICE i-D. Lizzie has also produced a number of music videos for artists such as Alicia Keys, Lil Yachty/Young Thug, Maggie Rogers, Pusha T and Norah Jones.

The HIFF annual Screenwriters Lab, celebrating 18 years, pairs emerging screenwriters with established screenwriters, directors and producers for a collaborative weekend of one-on-one mentoring sessions each spring in the Hamptons. Submissions are now open for the 2018 edition.