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House Poor

She's just a girl with too much house

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She's just a girl with too much house

Mindy Kaling

Mindy Kaling

"Mindy"
Writer

Mindy Kaling

  "Mindy"  Writer

Lester Lewis

Lester Lewis

Writer
Producer
STV Vice President

Lester Lewis

  Writer  Producer  STV Vice President

Lester graduated with a film degree from Vassar College and moved to Los Angeles to pursue entertainment.   He initially worked as an assistant to Ari Emanuel, the agent who went on to found Endeavor Talent Agency.  Lester then entered the sitcom-writing field and wrote for over a dozen such shows as "The Larry Sanders Show," "Caroline And The City," and most recently, "The Office."  He also wrote several pilots for NBC and CBS.  Currently Lester is developing a sitcom pilot with director Barry Sonnenfeld and Esquire writers AJ Jacobs and Daniel Katz.

During the WGA strike Lester joined the Strike TV team in a leadership role with an emphasis on transitioning Strike TV from its original incarnation as an on-line charity event to an ongoing, artist-based business.

Jessica Landaw

Jessica Landaw

Director

Jessica Landaw

  Director

Jessica currently directs episodic television (BONES, COLD CASE) and is attached to direct several feature films, including BUICKS set to star Christian Slater, for legendary producer Fred Roos.  Her short films and documentaries have screened and won awards at over 50 international film festivals, including Cannes.  She received a "Mentor Award" from Women in Film, and was named a "Top 4 Director" in the 2nd season of Project Greenlight.  She has an MFA in Directing from the American Film Institute and degrees in Film & Video and English from the University of Michigan.  She is a member of the DGA, the Editors Guild, and Costco.  www.randomproductions.com

Busy Phillips

Busy Phillips

"Busy"

Busy Phillips

  "Busy"

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005311/

Katie Flynn

Katie Flynn

"Katie"

Katie Flynn

  "Katie"

Katie Flynn began her acting career in NYC after graduating from Columbia University. In 2006, she wore dual hats as a line producer and actress in, “National Lampoon’s The Beach Party at the Threshold of Hell”. Currently living in Los Angeles, Katie’s television credits include guest star roles in “Numbers” (CBS) and David E. Kelly’s “Wedding Bells” (FOX).  Her film credits include supporting roles in “Blind Dating” opposite Chris Pine, Ellie Kanner’s “Wake”, and a lead role in James Westby’s comedy, “The Auteur”. She is very honored to be a part of Strike TV.

Meredith Salenger

Meredith Salenger

"Meredith"

Meredith Salenger

  "Meredith"

Born and raised in Malibu, California, Meredith Salenger loved performing in front of her family and friends. When she was eight years old, she expressed interest in acting. Her first professional role came soon after she began studying acting – she was literally discovered by legendary director John Huston and asked to play a ‘singing and dancing orphan’ in the feature film he was currently directing, “Annie.” Then came Meredith's first starring role in the Disney film, “The Journey of Natty Gann”, the first American film to win the gold award at the Moscow Film Festival. This film also garnered Meredith "Best Actress in a Drama" at the Youth in Film Awards for her wonderful portrayal of the tomboyish Natty Gann opposite actor John Cusack. Astonished at Meredith’s talent, Walt Disney Studios put Meredith under contract to them for 2 years (the first time an actress had been under contract to a studio since the old days at MGM).

After starring in four more films by the time she was eighteen years old, (most notably, “A Night in The Life of Jimmy Reardon” opposite River Phoenix for which she was nominated again for Best Actress in Youth in Film and “Dream a Little Dream”) Meredith left Hollywood for Harvard to further her education. From 1988 until 1992, Salenger attended Harvard University and graduated cum laude with a degree in Psychology, which proved she was not only beautiful and talented, but also extremely intelligent. Upon her return to Hollywood, Meredith resumed her acting career. Starring in: “Lake Placid”,  and an upcoming independent film called “Grownups.” Salenger has appeared in several independent films including "Quality Time" and "Sparkle & Charm" and has added ‘comedic actress’ to her repertoire as she has been cast opposite Steve Carrel in HUD as the star of many new sitcom pilots for networks like NBC and FOX. She can currently be seen on A&E's "THE CLEANER" with Benjamin Bratt. and recently completed work on the hit drama "24" and is now addding her voice talents to George Lucas' new animated TV series STAR WARS.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001694/

Heather Maidat

Heather Maidat

"Heather"

Heather Maidat

  "Heather"

Heather Maidat is a screenwriter, has written comedy on over ten television shows, and has been published in the on-line magazines The Huffington Post, MSN, Blacktable, Sirensmag, Jmag, Girlcomic, Freshyarn, and in the Indierock Guide to Dating.  Heather began her career and worked her way up on music videos, Oscar-nominated documentaries, albums for the charity and pop culture based Red Hot Organization, and on shows like The Chris Rock Show, All My Children, and Saturday Night Live.

Elizabeth Newman

Elizabeth Newman

"Elizabeth"

Elizabeth Newman

  "Elizabeth"

Elizabeth holds a B.A. in Theatre Studies (Acting) from Yale University and an M.F.A. in Film from Boston University. As child and young adult, she trained at the Lee Strasberg Institute and HB Studio in New York.  She studied Technique and Choreography at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance for 13 years.

Film and TV appearances include: The Girl in the Park (David Auburn); Death in Love (Boaz Yakin); The Stepford Wives (Frank Oz); The Guys (Jim Simpson); Law and Order: SVU, as well as numerous short and independent films. She has appeared on stage in New York, Boston, New Haven and Los Angeles.  Her recent theatre credits include: Trilby (Orange Lemon Egg Canary – West Coast premiere); Vivian (Marked for Love - originated the role); Katherine (Weightless - award-winning production; originated the role.); Julie (Miss Julie); Marlene (Top Girls); Lula (Dutchman).  She splits her time between Los Angeles and her native New York.

Amy Tiehel

Amy Tiehel

"Amy"

Amy Tiehel

  "Amy"

Amy is from Philadelphia, where she performed in local theater appearing at the Allen’s Lane Theater in “Cinderella Waltz” and City Theater Company’s “Sally Sees the Light.”

She was the lead in the short, “Call Me Sugarplum,” and “Suburban Cowboy,” which won the Philadelphia 48 Hour Film Festival and received the “Best Acting” award. Having made the move to LA, Amy most recently was the lead in the film, “Praying on the Rain,” and the supernatural thriller, “Amhurst.”  She studied at the prestigious Circle in the Square Theater in New York City, and is currently studying with Joe Anthony in Los Angeles.

Ruthie Aslan

Ruthie Aslan

Editor

Ruthie Aslan

  Editor

Ruthie Aslan worked for several years in post and set production before joining the "House Poor" team. An avid "Office" watcher and general fan of all things funny on the web, Ruthie was thrilled to be a part of the strike.tv venture. In addition to working for others, Ruthie is also a co-founder of Aslander Productions with her brother David, producing award-winning features and shorts for the web and beyond.

Jonathan Zalben

Jonathan Zalben

Composer

Jonathan Zalben

  Composer

Jonathan Zalben studied music at Juilliard, Yale, and NYU. He orchestrated the music for Repo: The Genetic Opera (Lionsgate) starring Paris Hilton and Paul Sorvino, and wrote original music for Snoop Dogg's Hood of Horror (Xenon) featuring Jason Alexander and Method Man, Kissing Cousins with David Allen Grier and Jaleel White, and Doubletime (Discovery Films). He also scored the documentary, The Perfect Life, which was inducted into the New York Public Library's Yip Harburg Political Documentary Collection. His net art collaboration, Compound Pilot, won the "Classic" Award at South by Southwest. Please visit his website to read more and listen to his music: http://www.jonathanzalben.com

George Reasner

George Reasner

Cinematographer

George Reasner

  Cinematographer

In the film business since 1989, George progressed to full-time shooter after working his way up through the grip, electric and camera departments on independent features.  He has photographed numerous commercial and music video projects, as well as features and dozens of short films. His commercial and short films have won multiple awards including the Clio, Gold Lion, Advertising Age Best Of, AMPAS Student Emmy and multiple film festivals nods.
George recently co-produced and photographed a feature-length documentary about the underground dance music scene called, “Liquid Vinyl, ” which premiered at the 2005 Slamdance Film Festival. Later that year, the film won Best Documentary at the 2005 Pensacola International Film Festival, and will be distributed worldwide by 7th Arts Releasing. Also in 2005, George won Best Cinematography Award for the digital short film, “Into The Maelstrom”. It was written, shot and edited over 3 days for the Los Angeles 48 Hour Film Festival.

George is currently directing & shooting another documentary entitled, “Banana Prophets” and also shooting the doc “Figures of Speech.” He recently completed post production on the feature film PERMANENT VACATION for director Scott Peake, that will be distributed worldwide by Vanguard Cinema. George's next feature, BARE KNUCKLES for director Eric Etebari, completed principal photography in the summer of 2007. George is also one-half of the commercial directing team Eskimo Brothers.

George holds an M.F.A. in producing & cinematography from the Florida State University Film & TV Conservatory, and a B.A. in Communications from Wake Forest University. He is currently living the dream in Hollywood, CA.

www.GeorgeReasner.com

Ross Novie

Ross Novie

Line Producer

Ross Novie

  Line Producer

Rory King

Rory King

2nd Unit Cinematographer

Rory King

  2nd Unit Cinematographer

Bill Fernandez

Bill Fernandez

Key Grip

Bill Fernandez

  Key Grip

Carols Gale

Carols Gale

Sound Engineer

Carols Gale

  Sound Engineer

CJ Julian

CJ Julian

Gaffer

CJ Julian

  Gaffer

CJ Julian earned a BA in Photography from Virginia Intermont College and an MFA in Motion Picture, Television & Recording Arts from Florid State University, where he served as Visiting Cinematographer in Residence in 2002. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles.

Jennie O'Keefe

Jennie O'Keefe

Assistant Director

Jennie O'Keefe

  Assistant Director

Kim Ferry

Kim Ferry

Hair Stylist

Kim Ferry

  Hair Stylist

Born in Gurnee, Illinois, Kim decided to move to Los Angeles in September of 1992 to pursue a career as a celebrity hairstylist in the entertainment industry. Kim's first job was on the science fiction series "Babylon 5". She worked on this cult hit for 5 years and then did the spin-off, "Crusade". After several more years in television, offers came to work on feature films. 
The opportunity to work in television and on low budget independent films to studio blockbusters opened the doors to many interesting people and celebrities along the way. Locations are always an adventure as well.  In 2005 Kim began running the hair department for the NBC hit comedy "The Office".  Currently, Kim resides in California.

Laverne Caracuzzi-Milazzo

Laverne Caracuzzi-Milazzo

Hair Stylist

Laverne Caracuzzi-Milazzo

  Hair Stylist

Maureen Osborne

Maureen Osborne

Production Designer

Maureen Osborne

  Production Designer

Scott Uhlfelder

Scott Uhlfelder

Camera Assistant

Scott Uhlfelder

  Camera Assistant

Tom Dean

Tom Dean

Production Assistant

Tom Dean

  Production Assistant

Bob Zick

Bob Zick

Production Assistant

Bob Zick

  Production Assistant

Marcella Kligman

Marcella Kligman

Stills Photographer

Marcella Kligman

  Stills Photographer

Born near Washington DC, Marcella Kligman studied Art History at Amherst College in Massachusetts and Professional Photography at Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, California. She is a Certified Photographic Educator and is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers, Wedding & Portrait Professionals International, and Advertising Photographers of America. Her motion picture credits for still photography include "House Poor" and "Magpie Time."

Her website is www.marcellakligman.com. She enjoys photographing stills, commercial, editorial, travel, food, and most of all, portraits. Strike TV rocks her world.

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thumbnailMeredith Salenger

Tell us about working on House Poor
What's your experience with creating original online content?

thumbnailMindy Kaling

How did you get involved in making a show for Strike TV?
What is your writing collaboration like with Lester Lewis?
Patrick Francis

Patrick Francis recently completed a feature documentary on the maverick film director, Andre deToth. Andre deToth: The Director's Director probes the connection between deToth's wild life (his escape from Nazi-occupied Poland, the devastating collapse of his marriage to Veronica Lake, his resilience after breaking his neck three times) and his extraordinary cinematic achievements (A-pictures, B-pictures, noirs, westerns, war films, and the 3-D classic, House of Wax). A collaborative effort shot over the last years of deToth's life, the film is an intimate portrayal and highly personal exploration of a man who truly lived life on his own terms. Directors Quentin Tarantino, Nicolas Roeg, Richard Donner, and Bertrand Tavernier also pay tribute to this largely underappreciated artist.

For the video-based website, Interviewing Hollywood, Mr. Francis has produced and edited over 30 hours of content, and conducted in-depth, career-focused Q&A's with Crispin Glover, Elliott Gould, Peter Bogdanovich, and many others. He's also written several screenplays for hire (which hopefully will never be produced) as well as film-related journalism for such publications as L.A. Weekly and MovieMaker Magazine, among others.

It should be noted that Mr. Francis is obsessed with the cinema of Werner Herzog, is an L.A. native, and is the proud owner of a barrel of single malt Scotch whiskey, which is aging quietly in the briny sea air of southern Scotland.

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Production Notes

Mindy Kaling loves buying furniture at Jaxon Home.   Visit  www.jaxonhome.com

All images © 2008 Marcella Kligman.  See more of her work at  www.livebooksedu.com/marcellakligman/

Comments (43)

davefromvancouver (6th October 2009)
This show is great. Too bad some crappy Canadian reality TV show has taken the same name (HGTV Canada). I guess this is another example of big networks not caring about independent stuff.

aprilffi (18th September 2009)
I want more episodes please.

JoeGillis2 (13th January 2009)
The baby shower scene did not need to come to a close in this opening salvo. Should have been continued (at least) for one more episode; lots of comedy potential in people's reactions and actions, as well as necessary resolutions to keep some of the attendees in believable play.

tinywhite (14th December 2008)
She should have thrown a housewarming party. I thought everybody knows that.

summer (12th April 7739)
After seeing this for the fifth time, I really doubt I will ever attend a baby shower for you, Mindy Kaling.

ricochet (8th November 2008)
Great Pilot. Very funny. Kind of like seeing Kelly Kapoor outside of The Office *lol*

I love Mindy, Busy and Meredith (I recognized her from that Buffy episode too. I love that one!).

(Im)Patiently waiting for the next episode.

redgoddess (7th November 2008)
This really spoke to me, having been "House Poor" more than once! Very funny. Also, it was great to see Meredith Salenger. I can never get enough of her.

decora (4th November 2008)
"it's just disappointing" -- LOL

good luck and i hope iraq turns out OK for you lol

skowron7778 (12th April 4289)
I LOVE MINDY. Hilarious.

aprilffi (12th April 1354)
Go Mindy! I can't wait to watch how you try to get more stuff for your house!!! I know you'll do ANYTHING if this is just episode ONE! LOL.

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