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Inspired by my own life experience, The Painted Lady explores themes such as the male gaze, female awakening and self-discovery. Hardship, such as a breakup, can propel us forward. Women tend to define themselves by how others, particularly men, view them. How can we (women) redirect this narrative and take charge? In The Painted Lady the heroine breaks free by repainting the image her lover has created of her.



The breakup from 60-year old painter Jacob takes the much younger exotic dancer Sam on a nocturnal rollercoaster ride and eventually sets her free.


Director/Writer Stephanie Bollag

Starring Julia Morrison, Jack Mulcahy, Bobby Foley, Amanda Bollag

Director of Photography Laura Valladao, Lasse Ulvedal Tolbøll

Producer Stephanie Bollag

Co-Producer Adel Morales

Production Designer Orly Anan

Costume Designer Mariko Ohigashi

Hair & Makeup Artist Pamela Fuentes 

Composer Victoria de la Vega

Editor Stephanie Bollag

Sound Designer Bumi Hidaka

Artwork by Chrissy Angliker

Unit Production Manager Jovan A James  

Assistant Director Paul H Norton

Script Supervisor Noemi Natascha Schneider

Set Dressers Noam Oren, Melissa Greenbaum

First Assistant Camera Anthony Saxe

Second Assistant Camera Molly Gandour

Gaffers Seth Margolies, Spenser T Nottage

Best Boy Alan Wu

Sound Mixer Artur Szerejko

Additional Boom Travis Tighe, Mamadou Dia

Wardrobe Assistant Raines Plambeck 

Driver Eric Emma

Set Photography Tess Meyer

Colorist Maba Ba

Recording Artist Amanda Bollag

Graphic Design Shiri Eshel 

Supported by NYU Tisch School of the Arts Grad Film



2016 Official Selection. Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival.

2016 Official Selection. Milwaukee Short Film Festival.

2016. Official Selection. The Williamsburg Independent Film Festival.

2016. Official Selection. Big Apple Film Festival.


2016 Rhode Island International Film Festival – The Painted Lady

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