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The Makers

Work by these filmmakers will be screened at this year's Yoni Fest. 

Natasha Straley & Shoshanna Withers



Natasha is an independent narrative film director working between New York City and San Antonio, Texas. She began as an actor before accepting roles on the other side of the camera in 2010. 

Her work focuses on both comedic and dramatic narrative films with dark undertones. Her work typically explores the uncomfortable nuances of human nature and relationships. She is excited by screenplays which push boundaries and dive into the grey area between right and wrong.
She has directed over ten short films, which have screened at festivals across the country. She is currently working on her first feature, the highly anticipated dance film, SIDESTEP, after receiving a grant from the San Antonio Film Commission. She was also awarded the Michelle Mower Female Filmmaker of the Year Award from Austin Revolution Film Festival, 2018. 
Select directing credits include the post-apocalyptic action film, THE RESISTANCE; the lonely romantic comedy, UP OR OUT; the comedic social commentary - CAULIFLOWER; the delicately nuanced slice-of-life film, FINISHED.
Natasha was born in DC and lived across the world as a military brat. Texas became her home before moving to New York 2007-2017. She currently resides in San Antonio, Texas while she completes her first feature film, SIDESTEP.

Shoshanna is a filmmaker and established headshot photographer in NY. She has experience in all types of productions:  Short Films, Stop Motion Animation, Music Videos, Web Series, and TV.
She first got her start in the film industry in college in NC where she found her talent and passion for camera. Since then she has worked on several different projects in various capacities: Editing, Producing, Camera/DP , Set Design, Casting. Her focus is in cinematography where she is currently mentored by talented Cinematographer  Jendra Jarnagin.
Shoshanna currently works professionally as an AC for independent feature films, short films and music videos.

CAULIFLOWER is a ridiculous poetic comedy denying ignorance.


McKenna Stephens