(in alphabetical order, not order of importance)
ED HELLMAN (they/them/theirs)
Ed Hellman is an award-winning filmmaker and music video director. Their videos have premiered on Vevo, The Fader, Blackbook Media, and Impose Magazine.
Back in 2014, MovieMaker Magazine deemed Ed a filmmaker to watch on their digital series, “Stage 5.”
Their style is distinctive: quirky, dark, tastefully irreverent, and punctuated with bright colors and rich, contrasting shadows. It apparently has wide appeal too: Ed’s music video, "Lose," was featured in a CGI porno that received over 88k views in its first 24 hours. (Permission not granted.)
Their recent project for Thinc Design and ESRT is on permanent display in the Empire State Building.
Ed lives in Astoria, Queens with their wife, Andi, and their two hairless cats.
KATIE STAAB (she/her/hers)
Storytelling is my heartbeat.
I’ve worked with the large and the small as a writer, director, and producer—from CBS Interactive and Time Inc. Studios to budding startups and a host of independent media makers. Clients also include mammoths Hearst Digital Media, Scripps Networks Interactive, Bravo, New York Post, and MGM Resorts, among many others.
No matter the medium—be it digital video, narrative series, short film, or long emails that nobody reads—I hurl myself into the belly of every project. My heart lands on the details that build original, plump stories and characters.
I live in Long Island City, Queens. I write bios in first person.
Oh my gosh, fine. Bio update: I now feel compelled to mention that I also worked on the new, permanent exhibitions at the Empire State Building alongside Empire State Realty Trust and the creative agency, Squint/Opera. The immersive film displays are located on the 2nd and 86th floors, respectively. (Super cool gig.)