On May 4, 2020, NYWIFT hosted a Q&A with Toss It Director, Writer, Producer and Star NYWIFT Member Michele Remsen (Emily), along with cast members Blair Ross (Adele), Allison Frasca (Natalie), and Jenny Zerke (Marie) as well as film publicist Annie Jeeves. This conversation was moderated by NYWIFT Community Engagement Director Katie Chambers.
Toss It is a recipient of the NYWIFT Nancy Malone Marketing and Promotion Grant and was presented as part of NYWIFT’s Member Screening Series in May 2020.
Michele Remsen (Director, Writer, Producer, Lead Actor)
2019, 118 min, Digital
Toss It starts where rom-coms end – then gets real. Emily and Finn think they know everything, until everything gets tossed. Questioning why men are so screwed up and if women are to blame, this trope-tossing, genre-dismantling film is packed with a stable of complicated characters and their intertwining relationships. A darkly comic, bittersweet look behind the facades of tradition, family and marriage, Toss It blends screwball comedy with an open-hearted deep-dive into family dysfunction.
About the Filmmaker
Michele Remsen (Director, Writer, Producer, Lead-Actor) was awarded the 2018 NYWIFT Nancy Malone MAP Grant for her first feature Toss It, which is available on Amazon Prime and AppleTV worldwide via Journeyman Pictures. She was a 2019 Finalist for the NYWIFT Ravenal Foundation Feature Film Grant for her screenplay Raccoon. Her award-winning short film Juke (Director, Writer, Producer, Lead-Actor), which is available on ShortsTV, won Best Short at Asheville, Williamsburg, NYC Downtown Short FF & NYC PictureStart (Favorite Actress). Slackley Manor won Best TV Pilot Script at LA Comedy Festival. She is a filmmaker, director, screenwriter, producer, TV writer, actor, playwright, and novelist., and a member of the Writers Guild of America, East, and Film Fatales. More info: www.StevedoreProductions.com and www.MicheleRemsen.com
Katie Chambers (moderator) is the Community Engagement Director at NYWIFT, where she manages both Communications and Membership. She will receive regional recognition for her work at NYWIFT from the New York Society of Association Executives when she receives their “Rising Star” award at the Synergy Awards in August 2020, and national recognition when she is named one of Association Trends’ top “Young and Aspiring Executives” at their Salute to Excellence in Washington, DC, in 2021. Prior to joining the NYWIFT team, Katie was a talent agent in the Youth & Young Adult Theatrical division at Abrams Artists Agency in New York City, representing young actors in theatre, film, and television. She has served on the Next Generation Committee of the NY Television Festival, produced a critically-acclaimed play at the NY Fringe Festival, and has worked for Buchwald, Manhattan Theatre Club, and Hollywood producer Scott Rudin. Her writing has appeared in Huff Post, Honeysuckle Magazine and several printed essay collection. Katie graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude from Drew University with a double major in English and Theatre Arts.
Produced by Katie Chambers
Special thanks to Carlina Rivera and the New York City 2nd Council District
for discretionary funding for the NYWIFT Member Screening Series.
And thanks to Tito’s Handmade Vodka, the Signature Vodka of NYWIFT