Meet YoungFilmmaker - Lily Hayes

Lily Hayes Kaufman

Rare Birds of Fashion


Lily Hayes Kaufman writes, directs and produces for the web, TV and film and founded a production company, with her sister, Charlotte Kaufman. She has photographed people and places around the world including Tibet, Syria, Yemen, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel, Egypt, Tunisia, Senegal, Morocco, South Africa, Peru, India, Japan and China among others. Most recently, Lily Hayes sold an original scripted comedy to NBC. She has worked on a range of film & TV productions including Weinstein’s St. Vincent, Dreamworks/NBC’s SMASH, Kill Your Darlings (2012) and the relaunch of Troma Entertainment's YouTube Channel, and has contributed to, and In a past life, Lily Hayes worked at Barclays Capital, where she developed commodity investment strategies for institutional investors, to pay her way through the Harvard Business School.

The value of table reads and rehearsals while you are still in preproduction. We read through and rehearsed each episode weeks before filming, this was an excellent opportunity to hear and incorporate the actors’ voice into the show. There are many lines that the actors came up with in rehearsal which were way funnier than what I had written!

As a producer and director, the hardest challenged I faced was finding the right balance between splitting my time on the logistics and creative preparation. Each night after we wrapped, I always felt like I needed to take care of the logistical issues for the next day first or else the show literally wouldn’t happen: this meant getting out our call sheet, confirming actors, locations, gear pickups, etc. By the time I put my head towards preparing for the creative aspects of the next day like reviewing the shot list, scenes and dialogue for the next day, it was often 1 AM.

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Brandon Ruckdashel

Brandon Ruckdashel is the Festival Director for YoungFilmmakers. He has been the Program Director for NewFilmmakers for the last three years and Marketing Director for six. Brandon is a filmmaker who is most well known for his acting work in the HBO series Co-Ed Confidential and numerous B-Movies. Brandon has worked with Roger Corman alumni Fred Olen Ray and Jim Wynorski along with a number of other very talented directors. Brandon's Directorial debut GRINDER will be out in theaters in 2016.

YoungFilmmakers screens quarterly in New York at Anthology Film Archives. Opened in 1970 by Jonas Mekas, Jerome Hill, P. Adams Sitney, Peter Kubelka, and Stan Brakhage, Anthology in its original conception was a showcase for the Essential Cinema Repertory collection. An ambitious attempt to define the art of cinema by means of a selection of films which would screen continuously, the Essential Cinema collection was intended to encourage the study of the medium’s masterworks as works of art rather than disposable entertainment, making Anthology the first museum devoted to film as an art form. The project was never completed, but even in its unfinished state it represented an uncompromising critical overview of cinema’s history, and remains a crucial part of Anthology’s exhibition program.