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A Night of Comedy: Doorstop Production Shorts

Friday, December 13, 2019 at 7:00 pm

Room UL104, University Center 63 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003

Come join us for a night of comedy shorts from Doorstop Productions. We'll premiere our latest dark comedy Siri-Ous Business!

Siri-Ous Business Synopsis: Mike Thomas is having a very rough day. He calls his sister for help, but Siri has a darker plan in mind.

Doorstop Productions hosts a night of amazing short comedies featuring iPhones with an evil agenda, feminized money, talking vending machines, and delicious inanimate objects. These daring and wildly entertaining works will transport you to heretofore unexplored realities and display the creative potential of the cinematic short form. And DDoorstop will be premiering their latest short film Siri-Ous Business, directed by award-winning filmmaker Stephanie Stender. Don't miss it!

Founded in 2001, Doorstop Productions is an all-female film production company, focused on bringing strong images of women to film. Doorstop’s mission is to bring strong images of women to film while allowing women interested in directing, writing, and producing films a creative, safe, and nurturing environment to do so.

About the Filmmaker:

Stephanie Stender is an award-winning director, producer, and screenwriter. Her works have been screened at film festivals around the world, from Australia to the UK, at such prestigious independent theaters as the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, and on television – from PBS to the WB. Still Right Here, the music video she directed and produced for Melissa Ferrick, premiered on the front page of The Huffington Post and won Fan Favorite and Best Pro Pop/Rock Video at the Right Out TV Music Video Awards. Stephanie graduated from Hollins University at the top of her class with a B.A. in Film and Photography and English with a concentration in creative writing. In 2007, she received her M.F.A. in Film Production from Boston University. Since then, she has directed numerous narrative films, commercials, and music videos, as well as documentaries including Bingo Nation which premiered at Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. Her works, both on the page and on the screen, are characterized by a stirring blend of dark humor and breathtaking visuals, with a focus on women and queer issues. In 2001, she founded Doorstop Productions, an all-women’s film production company, with five fellow female filmmakers. Doorstop’s intrinsic purpose is to allow women interested in directing, writing, and producing films a creative, safe, and nurturing environment to do so. Throughout her career, Stephanie has worked on various Emmy award recognized shows, from WordGirl to Antiques Roadshow, and was nominated three times as the Co-Executive Producer of America’s Test Kitchen and Cook’s Country and was Executive Producer of Milk Street TV and Radio for two years. She is finishing production on her feature-length documentary All Stars: The Changing Face of Drag. A member of the Alliance of Women Directors, she was selected as a 2014 TV shadowing candidate, where she was mentored by award-winning director Gail Mancuso, and is currently a 2018 participant of the AWD Industry Support Program. She was also selected as an Emerging Filmmaker Fellow by the Smithsonian and NEH for the 2017 History Film Forum.

Sponsored by the School of Media Studies.

Presented by Media Studies at the Schools of Public Engagement

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Film and Media Screenings


General Public


Media and Technology


Schools of Public Engagement, School of Media Studies, University


Film, Technology

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