The DO NOTHINGS series seems to have struck a chord, attracting film professionals that are seeking to support media that authentically represents LGBTQ+ young people; Amy Poux/Writer/Co-Director, Marian Dealy/Co-Director, Sarra Idris/Producer/Editor, Joan Rater/Producer (Grey's Anatomy, Council of Dads).
Amy Poux (she/her) - Writer/Director
As former Director of Education, Film at Lincoln Center, Poux designed, launched and oversaw their Film in Education division, benefiting more than 2000 students annually. As education specialist at Mary Stuart Masterson/Beth Davenport’s Stockade Works, Poux co-designed the signature film crew Boot Camps to cultivate work-force opportunities in Kingston NY.
She has directed young people and inter-generational groups in cutting-edge theater since 1991 through Urban Arts Partnership, Inc., a bicoastal arts education organization, Youth Ensemble Theater (YET), an award-winning pre-professional theater company that for rural-disenfranchised youths. YET has performed Off-Broadway and regionally since 2010.
In 2019, Poux wrote/directed DO NOTHINGS, (Northguild Productions) a short film about a gender-queer teen who risks isolation because of their disinterest in vaping and in mainstream culture. Inspired by her own child’s experiences, DO NOTHINGS is the first film that Poux has made in a trajectory of films that will be dedicated to the perspective of outcast youths.
Originally a NYC theater actor, Amy Poux worked with the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, as well as TV writing/producing team, Joan and Tony Phelan (Grey’s Anatomy, Council of Dads), actor/producer Dan Bucatinsky, among others.
Poux resides in Rosendale NY with her husband Johnny, with whom she has raised two children, two cats, and her nine ducks.
Marian Dealy (she/her) - Producer
Marian Dealy is a former scientist (Ph.D. Biology) who transitioned to filmmaking in 2001. She began as a production assistant on the documentary Paper Clips (Miramax, HBO), an associate producer on HALO (History Channel) and helped develop a slate of shows for the Johnson Group.
Some of her recent projects include shooting the feature length documentary, Take the Ice, which follows the first season of the National Women’s Hockey League, being part of the lighting crew on Chloe Sevigny’s short, White Echo, that premiered at Cannes in 2019 and as a gaffer for On the Record, which premiered at Sundance in 2020. She also wrote, directed and shot the short, Ziggy, which premiered at the NY International Short Film Festival in 2016.
Marian has been active in the LGBTQ community since she worked as an AIDS researcher in a Biosafety Level 2/3 lab at the National Institutes of Health during the height of the epidemic in the early 90s. She continues her support through the projects she chooses to work on in film/television, including Girltrash, a feature film for Power Up, the Proud Portraits campaign for HP, an anti-bullying video at McCann advertising, and on the FX series Pride episode about the gay rights movement in the ‘80s.
Joan Rater (she/her) – Producer
After joining “Grey’s Anatomy” as a writing team at the start of season 2, Joan Rater and husband Tony Phelan rose through the ranks and co-ran the show alongside creator Shonda Rhimes for seasons 7 through 10. For their work on “Grey’s Anatomy” they earned a WGA Award for Best New Series in Television in 2005 and were nominated for two Emmy Awards in 2006 and 2007, both for "Outstanding Drama Series."
Since 2016, Rater and her husband have been developing and running their own shows including “Doubt” for CBS and their newest series “Council of Dads” which will premiere on NBC in March.
The husband and wife team enjoyed a successful Off-Broadway run with their stage play GOOD WILL at The Director’s Company in 1998, and The New York Times gave it a rave review, hailing it as “touching and thought-provoking.” Rater also writes and performs short pieces about being a parent, one of which, The Long Hug, was published in a collection called Afterbirth, Stories You Won’t Read in a Parenting Magazine.
Rater has a transgender son and has travelled the country with her talk, “Transforming My Family”. She has spoken at corporate venues such as Visa and Skadden Arps, college campuses including the University of Alabama Birmingham and Occidental College and a variety of faith communities including Riverside Church in New York City. Her goal is that by sharing her family’s story of love and acceptance of their trans son, she can help ease others fears about gender difference while educating those who haven’t had the pleasure of knowing a trans person themselves.
Joan is an alum of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre. She lives in Pasadena with Tony, daughter Sally, and their dogs, Reggie and Lola.
Sarra Idris (she/her) – Editor, Producer
Sarra Idris is a Sudanese — American director, editor, producer and artist based in New York. Her work has been screened at the New York African Film Festival, Diversity in Cannes Short Film Showcase, the Arab Film Festival at the Smithsonian Arab American National Museum (AANM), The ICA London, CinemAfrica, Sweden, "Out of Africa" Film Festival, Germany, and the Westside Gallery in New York City,
Sarra has over 13 years experience in various projects across Commercials, TV, web series, short film, music videos and fashion films. Companies include NBC Universal (Saturday Night Live), PSYOP, Google Creative Lab, MPC, Twitter, AT&T, Pentagram, and BBC America.
As a visual artist, her work often explores issues of identity, transcendence and notions of home. Outside of her professional ventures, Sarra has been committed to promoting access of arts and media production to traditionally under represented voices. She worked in Kosti and Khartoum, Sudan as part of the 'Cultural Healing' program where she helped train people from diverse backgrounds to make documentary films using their own voices and expressing their cultural traditions to help promote peace building and reconciliation in Sudan and South Sudan. As an Artist in Residence at the Rashid Diab Arts Centre in Khartoum she taught a digital photography workshop culminating in a first time photography exhibit of their work.
Sarra was the editor on I'm Okay and is currently Sarra in development of various short form and feature length projects with her sister and creative partner Selma Idris. Sarra holds an MFA in Photography and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts and a BFA from Wellesley College.
Director/Writer, Amy Poux
Actors, Starring -Trudy Poux, Tucker Poux.
Producer/1st AD: Shoshana Gray
Producer, Hudsy TV
Producing Consultant: Marian Daly
Cinematography, Jesse Brown
Editor, Sarra Idris
AC, Angel Gates Fonseca
Production Sound, Carl Welden
Makeup, Marykate Marley
Production Assistants, AJ Joyner, Jr. , Robert Cusack
Music: Dean Jones/No Parking Studios
Final Sound Mix: Alan Douches, West West Music
Actors: Starring - Trudy Poux, Piper Levine,
Director of Photography, Chris Rahm
Cinematographer & Editor, Devin Pickering
Additional Camera Operator & Gaffer, Jesse Brown
Key Grip, Angel Gates Fonseca
Sound, Mike Yaeger
Wardrobe & Makeup, Marykate Marley
Hair, Anne Mood
Production Design, Johnny Poux
Sound PA, Defne Dilsiz
Production Assistants, Phillip Levine, Savannah Pees, Sophie Poux
Stills Photographer, Kimberly Sauer
Marketing/PR, Paul Poux
Song Credits: Sound Track: “Singular” by Amy Poux, performed by Trudy Poux
Produced by Dean Jones/No Parking Studios
Post Production Sound: Benjamin Horn, House of Love Studio
Final Sound Mix: Alan Douches, West West Music
Craft Service & Catering by: Bread Alone/Sharon Burns, Jagerberg/Kim McGillard, Peace Nation/ Evelina Gosior and Noe Delcid, Sophie Poux, Savannah Pees , Ship to Shore/Samir Hrichi