Director Bio: Simone Kisiel (IT’S GOOD BUSINESS: MOVING BEYOND CONSERVATION)

Simone Kisiel is a NYC based filmmaker who graduated with honors from NYU-Tisch with a BFA in Drama and a minor in Creative Writing. Since graduation in 2007 Simone has directed 11 short films and 2 feature films, founded Magic Dog Productions (a production company that employs and empowers women and minorities in front of and behind the camera) and won several awards for her work at numerous festivals including the Manhattan Film Festival, Women in Horror Film Festival, Miami Web Fest, and the Portland Horror Film Festival.
Simone began her work in science communication in 2015 with The Young Turks channel, ScIQ, technically directing live shows at YouTube New York. Since then she’s worked with entities such as NYSCI, NYAS, Scientific American, Skeptic Magazine (Michael Shermer), The American Geosciences Institute, The American Association For The Advancement of Science, Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, Stanford, Yale, Princeton, LSU and more. In 2017 Simone directed a science based pilot funded by Science Debate, starring funny man Chuck Nice, called ‘Intellectually Hungry.’
In February 2017, Simone set out to create ‘It’s Good Business: Moving Beyond Conservation’ with female run science PR agency, ReAgency. In the last two years, the team has traveled across the country, and even to Mexico City, to uncover why and how CONABIO works so well. It is the goal of the team behind ‘It’s Good Business’ to illuminate possible solutions to our growing environmental crisis.

Director Statement
I believe that film is a medium through which an artist can not only entertain and provide an escape, but to also spur critical thought in their audience.

By comedyfestival

Film and Writing Festival for Comedy. Showcasing best of comedy short films at the FEEDBACK Film Festival. Plus, showcasing best of comedy novels, short stories, poems, screenplays (TV, short, feature) at the festival performed by professional actors.

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