WRITER | PRODUCER | DIRECTOR
LESLIE THOMAS executive produced the 2018 Emmy-winning documentary feature KEVYN AUCOIN Beauty & The Beast In Me (now on Netflix). She is the showrunner of ratings record breakers HALLOWEEN, HOLIDAY & KIDS BAKING CHAMPIONSHIPS on Food Network. She's a playwright and a California native who studied Film & TV at Loyola Marymount University.
Her intention with this film was to be subtly feminist, a little bit raunchy, and entirely relatable as she explores a group of characters in their early 30s struggling with the angst of embracing adulthood and true intimacy, the fantasies that need to be chucked out the window, how friendships change over time (or don’t), and the tender, sometimes fucked up, beauty of love.
LORI KAYE formed Putti Media with Leslie Thomas in 2007 to develop projects for TV, film, theatre and anything that they feel wildly passionate about or that makes them laugh until they pee. Her career includes work in documentary, unscripted television, stand up comedy, theatre, journalism and film. Lori recently produced and directed Emmy-winning documentary KEVYN AUCOIN Beauty & The Beast In Me (Netflix 2019).
Sitting in the executive producer seat for HONESTY WEEKEND gave Lori a chance to utilize her many contacts both in front of and behind the camera to help bring to life this resonant ensemble comedy. (And since Leslie Thomas executive produced Lori's most recent doc... now they're even.) More info at puttimedia.com
COLIN MacDOUGALL (PGA MEMBER) hung up his “Jack-of-All-Trades” hat to pursue his dream of producing Film & Television. Knowing that the best type of leader is one who has walked a mile in the shoes of those being led, Colin moved his way into producing through the ranks of as many departments as he could. He spent time in Production, Segment, Art, Food Styling and Wardrobe. He has worked in many genres including Feature Films, Unscripted Television, Network Scripted Episodic, and Commercials. Utilizing the diversified skills he learned in these departments and genres, Colin tackled the titles of both Producer and Art Director for HONESTY WEEKEND. Somehow, he managed to be in at least two places at once... sometimes three.
LAURENT BASSET is originally from France and moved to the United States in 1979 with his parents. After completing his French Baccalaureate he went on to study Graphic Design and Visual Communication at UCLA. In the early 1980s, Laurent started camera operating, shooting primarily news and current events as well as documentaries. In the late 1980s, and through the 1990s, he honed his skills as Director of Photography on live concerts, performance videos, movie sets and value added programming for premium cable channels. Simultaneously he also became an accomplished Avid editor which helped develop his sense of storytelling and timing. By the early 2000s, Laurent's experience as Director of Photography appealed to Reality TV producers who were craving that “docustyle”. Countless unscripted TV shows later, Laurent is now shifting his focus to Directing unscripted and soft-scripted TV shows. Laurent and executive producer Lori Kaye have a long history working together on numerous projects that have taken them to exotic locations around the world. For this film, he’s thrilled to help Leslie Thomas bring her first feature to life.
MANDY HOFFMAN is a visionary composer and songwriter who has been writing for various mediums for over a decade. She has scored numerous films, series, advertisements, and art installations that have appeared in theaters, top film festivals, television networks and galleries all over the world. She is known for her nuanced scores that adhere closely to the fabric of moving pictures, strongly supporting both story and vision. She was accepted as a 2017 Mentee for the BMI Mentorship program, and she is a 2018 Class Member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Her collaborations with director Azazel Jacobs have garnered critical acclaim, and her orchestral score to A24's THE LOVERS (2017) not only received abundant praise from the press, but it ended up on Film Music Magazine's Top Ten Best Scores of 2017. High honors were received for indie favorites TERRI (2011) and MOMMA'S MAN (2008). They also collaborated on the HBO/SKY series DOLL & EM (2013-2015).
Hoffman teamed up with Jill Soloway on the lauded Amazon Studios series titled I LOVE DICK (2017), and her music can be found on a myriad of television shows including INSIDE AMY SCHUMER, AMERICAN PICKERS, and THE VOICE to name a few. Recently she worked with director Minhal Baig and Overbrook Entertainment on the poetic feature HALA (Sundance 2019).
HEEYEON CHANG edited HONESTY WEEKEND.