In Advisor Studio sessions, Sundance Collab Advisors share field experiences and insights into their specific areas of craft, including writing, directing and producing for TV and film. 

In today’s entertainment industry, the need for creating a safe environment for both cast and crew while filming on-screen intimacy has never been more critical. In this Advisor Studio, we talk with Certified Intimacy Coordinator Marci Liroff about this crucial role.

Whether you’re a filmmaker, actor, producer, or another on-set professional, this conversation offers valuable insights into the role of an intimacy coordinator, navigating challenges and sensitivities while choreographing intimate scenes, how this collaboration aids in creating authentic and creative performances, and how to ensure safety and consent.

In this discussion, we explore the art and responsibility of creating meaningful connections on screen while upholding the highest standards of professionalism, respect, and creativity.

Marci Liroff has been involved with filmmakers as a casting director, producer, and acting coach for the last 40+ years. Her extensive credits as a casting director span more than 60 films and several television series. In 2019, Liroff completed an extensive training course with the premier Intimacy Coordinator, Amanda Blumenthal of Intimacy Professionals Association (IPA) and is a Certified Intimacy Coordinator. Current credits range from indie films to TV series. She was the IC on the second and third seasons of the STARZ series, HIGHTOWN, and spent nine months on location working on the series. more...
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Los Angeles, CA, USA
Katherine "Kat" Street is an LA-based award-winning filmmaker and Philadelphia native. A cinephile at heart, she writes female-driven stories with complex (oftentimes damaged) main characters, centered around self-discovery, self-love, and belonging. She has written numerous short-form projects, including original shorts, pilots, and features. She wrote and directed the dramatic short film “Cycles,” which received festival recognition in both acting and best romantic short. She also created her award-winning flagship web series "The New Adult,” which is currently streaming on Kweli TV. Kat is a Stowe Story Lab SAGIndie Fellow and a participant in the BlackMagic Collective Emerging Filmmakers Initiative. In 2021, she founded the Black Film Challenge, a project that showcases filmmakers of African descent and the movies they create. She earned her BFA from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts with a concentration in Cinematography and has literary representation with Culture Creative Entertainment. more...

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