OCTOBER 18 – 22, 2023


February SDFilmFest Channel Screening: before/during/after



Synopsis: Jennie Lonergan, a middle-aged NYC theatre actress is forced to figure out the kind of person she wants to portray in real life when her seemingly perfect 15-year marriage comes to an end.
Directed: Stephen Kunken, Jack Lewars
Writer: Finnerty Steeves
Cast: Finnerty Steeves, Jeremy Davidson, John Pankow


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Thursday, February 18, 2020
*Film available On-Demand from midnight to midnight.  Grab your glass of wine, some apps and settle in for a great conversation and insights from the Filmmakers!

5:30 – 5:45pm – Mix & mingle with other guests at tables

5:45 – 6:00pm – Short Film Q&A Begins

6:00 – 6:45pm – Feature Film Q&A Begins.  Hosted by Tonya Mantooth and Q&A with Filmmakers: Finnerty Steeves (Writer/Producer/Stared), John Ellison Conlee (Lead Cast), Amy Christopher (Casting Director)

6:45 – 7:30pm – Mix & mingle at tables after Q&A ends.


Finnerty Steeves – Writer/Producer/Stars

Finnerty Steeves Portrait Session

About Finnerty Steeves:
A classically-trained actress, Finnerty received her MFA from the graduate program at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. Shortly after her move to New York City, she was offered the role of Denise McCarthy on The Sopranos directed by Mike Figgis (Leaving Las Vegas).  Finnerty went on to do over 40 commercials while working in NYC on and off Broadway. Some of those credits include The White Chip, Dot (directed by five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman), Brighton Beach Memoirs, Almost Maine, and the Drama Desk nominated production of Lost in Yonkers. Finnerty has performed at top regional theaters around the country and was awarded the Elliot Norton Award for her performance as Ms Calvin in The Shape She Makes at A.R.T. Although Finnerty has a love of the theater, her truthful and intimate acting style has always lent itself to work in front of the camera.

She is best known for her work as inmate Beth Hoefler on the Netflix hit show Orange Is The New Black. Other television credits include The Blacklist, Sneaky Pete, Bored to Death, The Big C, and Louie. Select film roles include Francis Ha (dir: Noah Bombach), Morning Glory (dir: Roger Michel), Away We Go (dir: Sam Mendes) and the upcoming Bad Education with Allison Janney and Hugh Jackman (directed by Corey Finley). Before/During/After is Finnerty’s first feature as a writer/producer.

John Ellison Conlee – Lead Cast

Conlee, John (henley)

About John Ellison Conlee:
John Ellison Conlee was born on August 2, 1968 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for Boardwalk Empire (2010), Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (2015) and LBJ (2016).


Amy Christopher – Casting Director




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See the full list of all films playing on the 2021 Festival Channel HERE