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Debra Kirschner

Director, Educator, Writer
Kirschearian Productions
Business type: Production Company
Writer's Group works:
The Tollbooth
SCREENPLAY (Coming of age)

Log line:
The Tollbooth comically explores a Jewish family from Brooklyn through the eyes of Sarabeth Cohen – a struggling painter in her first year out of art school.

Sarabeth and her older sisters Becky and Raquel come of age and question the values of their traditional parents. Though Sarabeth would like to rebel, she is forced instead to learn the people around her. This honest and funny story follows the characters through one poignant and pivotal year as the family learns, rebels, fights and finally embraces their differences in this highly entertaining ensemble film.

Frog Kissers
SCREENPLAY (Comedy / Romance)

Log line:
Five single women in Staten Island test the theory that “you have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your Prince.”

This original pilot and series follows the Frog Kissers as they challenge themselves to work together to meet and kiss a combined total of ninety-nine men in a year; tallying their triumphs and disasters through an interactive blog. The act of frog kissing winds up having transformative effects on every aspect of their lives.

In Transit
SCREENPLAY (Action / Suspense)

Log line:
Technologically savvy homeland security agents team up with street-smart NYPD transit cops to combat a new threat – “techno-terrorists” – a growing movement that uses youtube, facebook and twitter to spread fear and galvanize jihadists – and is singularly focused on destroying the New York City subway.

This pilot and original series follows the Task Force as it is formed as a first line of defense for the subways. The Team’s primary job is to keep the rails safe and they are instructed to leave the investigating to the FBI. But the Homeland Security Agents and Transit Officers are quickly able to merge their divergent abilities to uncover vital information about the mysterious “techno-terrorists.” Their work directly leads to the arrest of a major operative. Suddenly this Task Force is taken seriously as its assignments change to reflect the changing times.

The Happy Mommy Hustle
TV MOVIE (Comedy / Teleplay (TV script) / Web series)

Log line:
A web series about mothers who struggle with the juggle.

The show follows two sisters - Sophie, a stay-at-home mom and Lisa, a working mom - as they grapple with their choices, their limitations and the unsolicited opinions of strangers.

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