A Girl Named C

A new documentary


emily kassie /Director/Producer

Emily Kassie is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, multimedia journalist and artistic director. She was the founding Creative Director of ellie, ONA and webby nominated magazine Highline, the Huffington Post's investigative site, where she directed 25 original long-form multimedia stories.  In 2016 she was named a Multimedia Portfolio of the Year by NPPA and a World Press Photo multimedia winner. In 2015 she won the Academy Award for student documentary. She graduated with honors from Brown University with a B.A. in Politics, Film and Journalism, and is now completing her masters degree at Cambridge in International Relations as a Gates Scholar.



Aidan Shipley is a Canadian director, actor and producer. He was the recipient of the Harvey Hart Award for directing, as well as the Norman Jewison Filmmaker Award for his films. His films played at major festivals across Canada and internationally. He also co-produced the short film, Running Season, which made its premiere at TIFF, won ‘Best Canadian Short’ at Whistler Film Festival and screened at the 2015 Slamdance Film Festival. Since graduating, he’s gone on to co- write/direct a short film titled “Boxing”, a BravoFact which made it’s premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, as well as recently finishing production on his first feature, “Cardinal” which was funded by the Telefilm Micro-Budget Program. 

Caroline Kassie /PRODUCER

Caroline Kassie is a lawyer and mental health advocate. She received her J.D. from Columbia Law School and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Political Science. She founded The Dialogue Projects, a social enterprise dedicated to removing stigma from mental illness and funding mental health organizations. She is Emily's full-time sister and part-time producer.

STUDIONYC /Animation

Mary Nittolo and her team at Studio NYC create the original animaton that brings C's world to life. For 25 years Studio NYC has been devoted to the growth of our clients' businesses by bringing strategic vision, imagination, artfulness, delight, and clarity to the world of communication. In the process, we’ve been praised for the quality of the images we provide for storyboards, animatics, animation, digital content, character development, publishing, and exhibit design. And we’ve been rewarded by gaining the trust of top advertising agencies and Fortune 500 companies.


bennetT cerf /DOP

Bennett Cerf is a freelance director of photography in Los Angeles. Over a decade and a half of on-set experience and shooting has made him an advocate for telling personal stories and concentrating on the ones that are true-to-life. Grateful for all his chances to tell untold stories, he has shot over 20 documentaries and profiles since he graduated from AFI in 2014. He has shot commercial projects for Reebok and DJI, and his film projects he has shot have won several emmy's, a DGA student award, best short at the Austin Film Festival as well as a Vimeo Staff Pick.  He studied cinematography at the American Film Institute and the college of Santa Fe.


Originally from Washington DC, Alex
got his start at The University of Chicago, cutting two films in two years SCRAPPERS and WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH KANSAS? which both ended up on ROGER EBERT’s "Top Ten Documentaries" lists of 2009 and 2010, respectively. Since relocating to Los Angeles, his work has been featured on HULU, HBO, TBS/TNT, SKY, and SHOWTIME, on shows including BEHIND THE MASK, the comedic docuseries which won HULU its first-ever Emmy Nomination, now in its 2nd season. Recently, Alex completed editing the documentary MULLY for Academy Award winning producer James Moll, and is currently cutting an upcoming Hulu Original documentary featuring Dana Carvey and Steve Carell.


production company - Kassie Films 

FIscal Sponsor - The Film Collaborative

Advocacy partner - Stop sexual assault in schools (SSAIS)