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Staging Film


The Tank (Meghan Finn and Rosalind Grush, Artistic Directors) will present the second screening in their new Staging Film series on Tuesday, December 5th at 7pm at their new home at 312 West 36th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues). The screening will feature the films We Will Be Ephemeral, This Thing of Ours, and 16 Words or Less, followed by a talkback with the creators of the films, including playwright Mallery Avidon, director Meghan Finn, and actor Black Eyed Susan. Tickets ($14) are available for advance purchase at

Staging Film is a community of theater makers exploring new ways to tell stories on film. We meld the contemporary American stage and screen to create short translations rather than adaptations. This means experimenting with untraditional techniques in cinematography, set design, sound design, and performance to record the visceral magic of theater on camera. The result is something that does not fit neatly into a defined medium, but rather shines in the liminal space between.


We Will Be Ephemeral Written by Mallery Avidon Directed by Teddy Bergman

Friendships unwinding, growing up in the '90s

Starring Dylan Dawson, Mike Crane, Lynne Marie Rosenberg, and Jocelyn Kuritsky Crew: Alex Basco Koch (Cinematographer), Solomon Billinkoff (Editor, PA, & B-Roll), Moti Margolin (Editor), Stephanie Beattie (Location & Post Production Sound), Winslow Corbett (Makeup), and Anna Rooney (PA & B-Roll)

This Thing of Ours Written by Caridad Svich Directed by José Zayas Original Score by Stephin Merritt (of The Magnetic Fields)

Women work to build trust after terrorism

Starring Black Eyed Susan and Jocelyn Kuritsky Crew: Alex Basco Koch (Cinematographer, Editor), Stephanie Beattie (Editor & Post Production Sound), Winslow Corbett (Makeup), Solomon Billinkoff (PA & Location Sound)

16 Words or Less Written by Peggy Stafford Directed by Meghan Finn Original Score by Mike Cassedy

A tale of hair, loss, grief, and language

Starring: Marjorie Deborah Conn, Crystal Finn, Carl Holder, Neal Huff, Jocelyn Kuritsky, Linda Larson, Yasmin Santana Crew: Alex Basco Koch (Cinematographer, Editor), Bryan Gunnar Cole (Editor), Stephanie Beattie (Location & Post Production Sound), Victoria Soechting (Costume Design), Christopher & Justin Swader (Set Design), Solomon Billinkoff (PA), Anna Rooney (PA & B-Roll), Lindsay Schapiro (PA)

Past Projects

In October, The Tank presented Staging Film’s Domesticity by Chisa Hutchinson, directed by Rebecca Atkinson-Lord and Over the River and Through the Woods by acclaimed filmmaker Neil LaBute, directed by Tony nominee Leigh Silverman, with an original score by Tony nominee Heidi Rodewald. In the new year, Staging Film will host a screening of Who Knows?, directed by Alex Basco Koch and Kevin Townley, featuring Tony nominee Arian Moayed, downtown theater legend Edgar Oliver, Kevin Townley, Obie winner Marylouise Burke, Emmy nominee Jackie Hoffman, & Hanna Cheek. Staging Film and The Tank will also announce the first official season for the series in the new year.