Afflicted Inc.

Afflicted, Inc. is a visual homage to Tim Burton (The Nightmare Before Christmas and Corpse Bride will forever hold special places in my heart). My fascination with mental illness continues to inspire my writing, and the result is the personified afflictions you see above. I'm so grateful that Greg Aronowitz came on board. It was him, Red 5, and Alison that did the make up so beautifully. Without the work of Barnyard FX, this short wouldn't be half as good, since it all relied on the compelling aspect of the visuals. 

This short film was the beginning of my fascination with special effects make up. After releasing Afflicted, I decided to have my directing style incorporate the use of make up to heighten whatever world the characters were in. When Megan wrote Here She Is, short film #5, I put the characters in a fantasy world with avant garde faces and highly stylized looks. Since film is a visual medium, why not have everything in your frame add to the message of the story? 

[Poster photography by Lan Bui, edited by Samad Iqbal Ismail]

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Writer / Director

Anna Akana

Anna could talk about books, food, or the various organizational planners in existence for hours on end. She likes coming home from 12 hour days on set to feed her 4 cats. She starred as the lead in her kindergarten class's puppet production of The Little Red Hen when she was 5 and never looked back.

Anna on IMDB
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Producer

Kaja Martin

Hi! My name is Kaja Martin and I freaking love the entertainment industry. I produce and act in all amazing content I can get my hands on. When I take a break from that I write and direct. Persistent and Passionate are two words that really feel me. ...ya dig..? I'm on the interwebs if ya wanna see me in action.

Kaja on Youtube
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Director of Photography

Lan Bui

Lan Bui has shot for clients such as Disney, ABC, L’Oreal, NIKON and Canon. He served as Director of Photography for productions led by Martin Scorsese, Greg Aronowitz and Felicia Day. He gives lectures and workshops at conferences and trade shows around the world, and recently launched a startup with Aaron Dieppa called Cast and Crew Call.

Lan Bui on Cast & Crew Call
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Assistant Director

William Akana

Will Akana obtained his Bachelor's degree in Media Studies with an emphasis in Film and Visual media from the University of California Riverside in 2014.  For the last five years, he has developed a passion for videography. Equally important, he also enjoys consuming freshly baked oatmeal cookies granted cold milk is available.

Will Akana on YouTube
Starring
Anorexia Nervosa

Anna Akana

Anna could talk about books, food, or the various organizational planners in existence for hours on end. She likes coming home from 12 hour days on set to feed her 4 cats. She starred as the lead in her kindergarten class's puppet production of The Little Red Hen when she was 5 and never looked back.

Anna on IMDB
Shame

Sophie Bell

Sophie Bell is from New Orleans, Louisiana and has been onstage since age 3. She got her BFA from The Hartt School and now lives in Los Angeles pursuing acting. She can be seen in shorts such as Attrition by Robert Broadfoot, Dream Girl by Tulica Singh, and of course in So Fetch Sketch with Anna and Megan.

SophieTheBell.com
Panic Disorder

Melissa Hunter

Melissa Hunter is a graduate of the Notherwestern University theater department. She is a proud member of the Improv Olympic mainstage sketch team It’s the Cops! Where she performs monthly shows and the indie comedy group Family Sandwich.

ItsMelissaHunter.com
Perfectionism

Heidi Koling

Heidi Koling-soon-to-be-Montague is an actress via Chicago via North Carolina. She's hit all the United States' areas. She thinks Anna is a real neat lady and figuratively looks up to her even though she's technically always looking down on her.

HeidiKoling.com
Bipolar Disorder

Kaja Martin

Hi! My name is Kaja Martin and I freaking love the entertainment industry. I produce and act in all amazing content I can get my hands on. When I take a break from that I write and direct. Persistent and Passionate are two words that really feel me. ...ya dig..? I'm on the interwebs if ya wanna see me in action.

Kaja on Youtube
Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Megan Rosati

Megan is an actress, write-ress, and ukulelist! She has played cute girls on TV (EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS, HBO's TWELVE MILES OF BAD ROAD), scared girls on film (THE GHOST EXPERIMENT, directed by THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT's Kevin Foxe), and crazy girls onstage (RICHARD III, A LIE OF THE MIND).

MeganRosati.com
Crew
Assistant Camera

Misa Garcia

MisaGarcia.com
Sound

Matt Burgette

Matt Burgette on IMDB
Make Up

Greg Aronowitz

Barnyard FX
Make Up

Alison Korth

Barnyard FX
Make Up

Alynne "Red 5" Schripsema

Barnyard FX
Hair Stylist

Gwendolyn Grant

Gwendolyn Grant on Facebook
Associate Producer

Chloe Mae

Chloe Mae on Cast & Crew Call
Composer

Alexander Arntzen

AlexanderArntzen.com
Sound Editor

David Schatanoff

D Studios Productions
Sound Mix

Jordan King

Jordan King on Vimeo
Vocals

Jess Disraeli

Jess Disraeli on Soundcloud
BTS

Aaron Dieppa

AaronDieppa.com
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