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Meet Nicole Palermo and Emma Kreienberg of Talking Back Pictures

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nicole Palermo and Emma Kreienberg.

Nicole and Emma, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
We met as undergrads at Tisch and quickly found after graduating that being a woman in the film industry, particularly behind the camera, can be extremely isolating. We wanted to create a space where women’s voices can be heard and women can feel comfortable on set.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Definitely not! It’s tough to pursue creative endeavors while maintaining full-time jobs and it’s even tougher to source the funding for those creative projects. We’ve done our fair share of fundraising that hasn’t gone as planned or has caused us to make creative compromises.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Talking Back Pictures – what should we know?
We’ve always been extremely proud of our company mandate that requires each project we produce to hire women for 50% of the key crew roles. We’ve often exceeded that goal which has been a huge accomplishment!

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
We’ve worked with other female filmmakers who have been instrumental to our growth and development over the years. From giving us feedback on early drafts of our scripts to working together on set, Abigail Brosh, Dana Brawer, Cristina Angeles and Ayana Parker-Morrison have all been wonderful collaborators who we’re extremely thankful to work with.

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Projects in order of appearance: Void, Dru’s Podcast for the End of the World, Toni, Ballin’ With No Balls. Special thank you to Ryan Merchant for set photography.

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