Producer/ Co-Director/ Co-Writer
Hollie Seidel is a NY based filmmaker, director and actor. She started her career on stage as a modern dancer and musical theater performer. She has acted in many screen and stage productions including Cabaret, Me and My Girl, Ugly Betty, and I Am Legend, as well as performing improv in venues across NYC. This year she stepped behind the camera, for her directing debut, to co-direct My Mechanical Friend with Charles Astuto.
Charles Astuto has directed the shorts Pursuance, 80, The Interview, and Three Unkind. His first feature film, Vestibule, is currently being finalized and submitted to the festival circuit. In 2014, he started Prescribe (prescribefilms.com), a film production company based out of Jersey City. Chuck has directed Hollie Seidel in many projects over the last three years but My Mechanical Friend is their co-directing debut.
Lincoln MacVeagh worked as a reporter for the New York Press, and is the founding editor of The Eclectic, a late 90’s literary ‘zine. His 2014 novel Paisley Mischief was named a best beach read by the San Francisco Chronicle. The screenplay for My Mechanical Friend is his first collaboration with Hollie Seidel.
Julie Jurgens began her career animating the first two season’s of MTV’s Celebrity Death Match. She continued on to start her own media company, working on projects for, among others, Oprah’s Oxygen Media and The American Veterinary Medical Association. Her short independent film, “Mrs. Royston,” was part of the WXXI Independent Film series, California Sun and Flicker film festivals. “Uncle Dutch” received awards at the New England Film and Video Festival, SYMPTE, and RAVA and was shown at the Dallas Film Festival and the Student Animation Festival of Ottawa. Current projects include a new independent work about possums, the animation of composer Sheree Clement’s new work, and of course, My Mechanical Friend.