The McPherson Sisters

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Audrey McPherson and Hallie McPherson are a sister filmmaking team who grew up in a family of filmmakers. Their own partnership benefits not only from a shared sororal language and political/artistic sensibility, but also from their complementary strengths. First and foremost a writing team whose screenplays have been recognized by The Atlanta Film Festival, The Big Apple Film Festival, The Los Angeles Screenplay Competition, and The ScreenCraft Competitions for TV Pilots and for another for Sci-Fi and Fantasy. They are also experienced filmmakers who wrote, produced, and directed their first feature film "Earthquake Country" which premiered this summer at Dances With Films. They are interested in stories about women, family, magic, mythology, and are drawn to the darkest corners of comedy. Their writing motto is "laugh lest you weep."

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Hallie has been writing stories since before she could properly hold a pencil. A devoted theatre nerd, Hallie began writing plays in high school. She graduated from Barnard College with a minor in playwriting before going on to get her MFA in Dramatic Writing at Carnegie Mellon University. Her latest play "C*NTLOAF: Or The C-Word Play," was a finalist for the NAPAT award through the Kennedy Center, as well as earning her the Mary Marlin Fischer Award at CMU.

Hallie writes full-fledged f*cked-up characters and never met a pun she didn’t like. Behind her wicked and sometimes unseemly dialogue you will find that Hallie is, at heart, a structuralist whose background in theatre has provided the scaffolding necessary to build a compelling and wholly-realized story. She currently lives with her sister and writing partner in Los Angeles, but plans to die in Brooklyn. Please click here to see a sample of writing beyond the screen and here to see her creative resume.

After studying philosophy at Williams College and UCLA, Audrey hiked the Appalachian Trail, spent months living in a van in New Zealand, worked as a backcountry ranger in Northern Vermont and as a dive master in Thailand and Indonesia. Her travels taught her that a good story is universal currency: appreciated and accepted everywhere.

 

When she returned to LA, she began studying cinematography and acting, writing screenplays, and making short films including the award-winning short "Solo." Recently, she has spoken on panels about independent filmmaking, has been a guest lecturer for film studies classes, and has talked about her experiences as a woman in film on a podcast. A member of WIF and Film Fatales she is deeply passionate about diversity in both the stories we tell and the people who are afforded the opportunity to tell them. 

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