Nitzan Mager

STORY MAKER

Staying creative.

Quarantine, I Love You is a collection of short scenes that take place on video chat between an interconnected constellation of characters. 

The idea for this project came out of a desire to stay creative in quarantine, and the need for a flexible, malleable film format that could speak to the moment in the medium of our times.

Season 2 of QILY received is executive produced by Lela Meadow-Conner's mama.film and harvester arts, with grants from Shocker Studios and the National Endowment for the Arts.

It deals more specifically with the 2020 election-- the lead-up to it, and soon: the aftermath. 

Season 2 stars: Ali Wentworth, Denis O'Hare, Sarah Steele, Jayne Houdyshell, Injoy Fountain, Littles, Michael Chernus, and Laura Gomez. 

See all of SEASON 2 episodes here.

Season 1 stars: Jay O. Sanders, Geneva Carr, Ruffin Prentiss, Sarah Steele, Trieste Kelly Dunn, Arietta Austin

See all of SEASON 1 episodes here.

STRANGE LOVE tells the story of a sexually-repressed multi-lingual translator from New Jersey who must rescue humanity, from a group of international despots seeking world domination, by shutting down the earth’s electrical grid using her vagina.

Click here for a VISUAL PITCH

 

Strange Love was a finalist in the second round for the 2020 Sundance Screenwriting Lab and the Middlebury Script Lab and was nominated for the 2020 WriteHer list by Marta Kauffman.

SHORT SUMMARY:

Sue is a sex-averse multi-lingual translator from New Jersey. Naz is an Iranian nuclear scientist and undercover spy struggling with gender identity. Sheila is a secretary from the Bronx in her almost-still-late-40’s who identifies as a MILF without children. Mama is a bright 11 year-old who broke out of foster care and now supports herself with a carrier-pigeon service. Together they must put an end to a dangerous plot: An international group of megalomaniacs, plan to detonate nuclear bombs across the world’s liberal strongholds in order to usher in a new era of brutal authoritarianism and good old fashioned values. This badass team must work together despite their differences to save humankind, reminding the world that you can put a pussy through nuclear armageddon, but you can't put a nuclear armageddon through a pussy. 

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Nitzan's most recent project, A SCIENTIST’S GUIDE TO LIVING AND DYING, is a hybrid of fiction and reality where Nitzan followed her own real-life pregnancy on film for 9 months within the setting of a fictional story. The film premiered at the Tallgrass Film Festival in October 2018 where it won the Excellence in the Art of Filmmaking Award. It has since screened in festivals across the US including River Run and Stony Brook. 

Nitzan’s short, PERIOD PORTRAIT, a comic and provocative look at women’s reproductive cycles, won awards from the National Board of Review and New York Women in Film and Television, and screened at IFP Filmweek’s NextGenNYC series.

 

Nitzan was commissioned to direct a short documentary on Gloria Steinem, the featured interviews with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Naomi Wolf, and Lisa Kron.

 

Her new project, STRANGE LOVE: OR HOW I LEARNED TO FUCK THE BOMB was recently named a finalist in the second round of the 2020 Sundance Screenwriting Lab. 

Nitzan is a proud member of Film Fatales, The Filmmakehers, and NY Women in Film and Television.  

She is one of the founders of the Mothership Screenwriting Lab that works to provide the support network needed by mothers and caregivers in order for them to thrive creatively in their screenwriting careers. 

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