Writer + Director
Morgan Ingari is a Brooklyn-based queer writer/director, originally from Boston. She graduated from Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Film & Television in 2013. Since graduation, she has worked in New York as a writer and director, and for the past three years, she served as the Head Writer for a political satire site called Runt of the Web.
Morgan has directed over 30 pieces of short-form content, and a short she wrote in 2017 called Tell Me Twice has been accepted to multiple short film festivals, including ClexaCon, the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, and most recently, the New York Shorts International Film Festival.
Milkwater is the first feature she is pursuing production with. The film made it through to the final round of the 2018 Sundance Writing lab. It covers themes she is incredibly passionate about, including LGBT rights, the visibility of prominent female characters, and the expectations placed upon women when they choose to carry a child.
Ash Christian is an Emmy Award winning producer with over 15 feature films & series to his credit. Recently Ash produced the SXSW hit film “1985” written and directed by Yen Tan and starting Cory Michael Smith, Virginia Madsen, Michael Chiklis and Jamie Chung. The film garnered rave reviews, many awards and was released by Amazon and Wolfe Releasing. In 2018, Ash produced “Social Animals” which will be released in theaters from Paramount Pictures. The film stars Noël Wells, Josh Radnor, Aya Cash, Carly Chakin, Samira Wiley and Fortune Fiemster.
Next up for Ash was “Hurricane Bianca: From Russia with Hate” starring RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Bianca Del Rio, Rachel Dratch and Wanda Sykes was released theatrically in 2018 as well. The film is the sequel to the hit film “Hurricane Bianca” – now available on Netflix. Ash recently produced the thriller “Burn” starring Josh Hutcherson, Suki Waterhouse, Shiloh Fernández and Harry Shum, Jr. The film will be released by eOne in fall of 2019. He also executive produced the much buzzed about “After Everything” written and directed by Hannah Marks and Joey Power and starring Maika Monroe, Jeremy Allen White and Marissa Tomei. The film premiered at SXSW.
Ash accepted a job as a production and development executive at Queen Latifah's Flavor Unit Entertainment in 2018.
Other past productions include “Little Sister” starring Ally Sheedy and Addison Timlin, ““Miles” starring Molly Shannon and Paul Reiser, “Hello Again” starring Audra McDonald and Martha Plimpton, “Coin Heist” for Netflix, “Stranger in the House” for Lifetime, “Petunia”, “Mangus!”, “Addiction: A Love Story” and “Nate and Margaret” and the Tribeca hit “Fat Girls”.
Currently, Ash is in production on the dramedy “Paper Spiders” starring Lili Taylor, Stefania LaVie Owen and Peyton List. In fall of 2019, “Coyote Lake” which stars Camila Mendes (“Riverdale”) and Oscar Nominee Adrianna Barraza will be released from Good Deed and Cranked Up Films. Other films being released in 2019 including “Kindred Spirits”, directed by Lucky McKee and starring Sasha Forlova, Caitlin Stasey and Thora Birch and “Milkwater” starring Molly Bernard, Patrick Breen and Robin DeJesus.
He is in preproduction on “Untitled Timothy McVeigh Project” directed by Mike Ott, “As Sick As They Made Us” directed by Mayim Bialk, “Funny Pages”, directed by Cam Archer and “The Invisible Boy” directed by Darren Stein, in addition to a full development slate through his company Cranium Entertainment.
Candice Kuwahara is a freelance film producer, who was born and raised in Seattle, WA. She has produced over ten shorts, and although she has been a part of the producing team on multiple indie projects, Milkwater is Candice’s 2nd feature as a Producer. Currently, she is a Co-Producer on the film, Team Marco, starring Owen Vaccaro, which just recently completed post-production. She was also the Line Producer on two horror films, The Witch in the Window and Island Zero, which both premiered in 2018.
Candice has Line Produced for Fullscreen Media’s SVOD Originals, as well as worked on the Accounting team on two Starz Network series, Power (Season 6) and Sweetbitter (Season 1).
Before she made the leap into the freelance lifestyle, she was a Production Coordinator at Pixar Animation Studios on projects including Coco and Inside Out. Prior to that, Candice graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Film & Television. She lives with her cat in Brooklyn, NY.
Casting Director / Associate Producer
As an Independent Casting Director, Matthew has worked on numerous Short Films that have seen premieres/screenings at acclaimed film festivals such as OutFest LA, Oslo International Film Festival, Lighthouse Film Festival and countless others. His debut feature film as Casting Director, ‘Braid’, has its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2018, as well as screening in South Korea and London.
His work as Casting Director on the cult hit, 'Hurricane Bianca: From Russia With Hate’ was on the iTunes top Independent streaming videos for numerous weeks in the top 5. Matthew has also been a part of the casting team for various other projects, some of which include, Academy-Award Winning Film, ‘Spotlight', DreamWorks' ‘Girl on the Train', ‘Marvel's Jessica Jones Season 1', Amazon's ‘Good Girls Revolt', USA's ‘Falling Water' Series, the hit NBC Series ‘Chicago Justice', the Netflix Film, ‘Alex Strangelove’, Season 3 of 'Quantico' and most recently, the newly released Season 2 of the acclaimed USA Series, ’The Sinner’.
Natalia Rivas is a freelance producer and works at the talent agency, ICM Partners in the film department reporting to a 25+ year senior agent. She was recently accepted amongst 10 other employees into the Agent Trainee Program at ICM Partners. Prior to ICM, she was at the film distributor, NEON, during the I, TONYA arc release. She's produced various work, one of which was funded by the Will and Jada Smith foundation, and later showcased by Issa Rae from HBO's Insecure YouTube channel. Natalia's directorial work was featured on ABC 7.
Maria is Cuban-American and grew up outside of Boston. She honed her eye for visual storytelling at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where she focused on cinematography and lighting. Her narrative work includes The Rat which premiered at Sundance 2019 and One Good Pitch, which was an Official Selection at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2016. Her commercial work has been broadcast nationally and includes clients such as Delta, Verizon, Smirnoff, Bank of America, American Express and more.
Maria got her start as a gaffer and lighting technician on major feature films and television shows, where she developed her eye for lighting and the collaborative skills that are essential to a cinematographer.
Most recently, she finished principal photography on the feature film Milkwater, Morgan Ingari's directorial debut. in 2018, she was invited to teach Cinematography at NYU Tisch School of the Arts where she is currently an adjunct faculty member. She is based in Brooklyn.
Raised in New Orleans, I have an appreciation for improvisation and a fascination with the ways cultures mix and meet to form new celebrations. In narrative work, I love to explore the beauty in darkness and human connection. The filmmaking process excites me most when many components meld together through humble collaboration and elevate the story to something new and unexpected. I enjoy designing anything that has strong character to dig into, whether the style be loud pop art, decrepit victorian, every-day college bro clutter, and anything in between.
My approach often involves digging for unique pieces at estate sales, mix-matching woods and patterns, and the subtle creation of character through their trash and odd habits.