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Director Kathleen M. Ryan came to pin-up via a mother who dreamed of drawing centerfolds (her idol was Alberto Vargas) and a love of red lipstick. Her last project Homefront Heroines: The WAVES of World War II screened at the Sarasota Film Festival and the San Pedro International Film Festival, and won an award of excellence from the Broadcast Education Association. She spent nearly twenty years in broadcast journalism before moving to long-format storytelling. She’s eternally grateful to Sheila Broderick and Helper Marcus of Sheila Broderick Photography for suggesting that she pose during a film shoot to take the photo featured here. There’s a plus side to working on projects with pin up photographers!

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The first thing people ask Producer David Staton when they learn he owned a photography gallery in Santa Barbara, California: Do you take photographs? The answer: I take snapshots. Staton knows enough to leave photo expertise to the experts. He brings a love of art and aesthetics and a passion for storytelling to his work as a producer and co-founder of TaylorCatProductions. He spent two decades as an arts journalist and gallerist before exploring interactive documentary storytelling. This is his third long-format production. (Sheila helped him out with photography too!).

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Craftivism. The Art of Noise. Pin-Up Grrrls. Producer Maria Elena Buszek is one busy woman. The author of Pin Up Grrls: Feminism, Sexuality and Popular Culture argues that the pin up historically isn’t just something for men to stare at – it’s also been a way for women to express and explore their sexuality. This is her first film project. Did we mention she’s also the mom of two, a full-time professor, and an a respected curator? Yeah, that’s girl power.

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