Meet YoungFilmmaker - Elisabeth Ness

Elisabeth Ness

Redheads Anonymous

Creator, Co-Writer, Producer

Elisabeth Ness is an actor, singer, producer, writer, editor, and creative entrepreneur. Her work has been called "especially funny" (NY Times), "razor-sharp" (Washington Post), and "hilarious" (Times Herald-Record, Catskill Chronicle, and her mom). Striving to make a positive impact on the world through entertainment media, the Yale alumna created the award-winning hit web series Redheads Anonymous, and also co-founded Good Porpoise Productions, LLC, which makes mini-documentaries for non-profits. As a performer, Elisabeth has appeared at venues as varied as Atlantic Theater, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Lincoln Center, Ars Nova, and Signature Theatre; been seen onscreen at Tribeca, Cannes Select, NYCIFF's "Best TV Pilot", and in national commercials; and been heard in Rockstar Games, YMCA, Trojan, and Bud Light. Her singing can be found on the upcoming Broadway Records original studio cast album of Like You Like It. When not performing, producing, or causing redheaded mischief, Elisabeth runs a monthly 'salon' for women entrepreneurs in the entertainment industry, edits performer demos, writes song parodies, and conducts a ninety-person choir. Check out,, and for more!

What was the greatest lesson learned during your shoot? The production triangle: fast, cheap, and good. You can only pick two. Anytime you attempt to have all three, you're in for a world of hurt!

What was the most difficult challenge you had to deal with? Handling different work styles and the needs of a talented but busy team.

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Brandon Ruckdashel

Brandon Ruckdashel is the Festival Director for YoungFilmmakers. He has been the Program Director for NewFilmmakers for the last three years and Marketing Director for six. Brandon is a filmmaker who is most well known for his acting work in the HBO series Co-Ed Confidential and numerous B-Movies. Brandon has worked with Roger Corman alumni Fred Olen Ray and Jim Wynorski along with a number of other very talented directors. Brandon's Directorial debut GRINDER will be out in theaters in 2016.

YoungFilmmakers screens quarterly in New York at Anthology Film Archives. Opened in 1970 by Jonas Mekas, Jerome Hill, P. Adams Sitney, Peter Kubelka, and Stan Brakhage, Anthology in its original conception was a showcase for the Essential Cinema Repertory collection. An ambitious attempt to define the art of cinema by means of a selection of films which would screen continuously, the Essential Cinema collection was intended to encourage the study of the medium’s masterworks as works of art rather than disposable entertainment, making Anthology the first museum devoted to film as an art form. The project was never completed, but even in its unfinished state it represented an uncompromising critical overview of cinema’s history, and remains a crucial part of Anthology’s exhibition program.