Sari Gagnon is a writer, artist, performer, producer, director, editor and web content creator. She made her directorial debut on the feature-length documentary “Homeless in a College Town” (2013). She’s a producer at Counterfeit Cow Productions (CCP), founder of the Women Only Project, and host of SaGaTalk Radio, a live podcast.
Counterfeit Cow Productions (CCP), Amherst, Ma 12/2011– present
Plan productions, prepare shoot schedules, negotiate contracts, organize crews, develop marketing strategies, create project production budgets, office management and department organizer.
Write and produce advertisements for commercial clients such as Sibies Pizza, Mallove’s Jewelers, the University of Massachusetts, and others.
Social Media Director and Chief Strategist.
Organize yearly production schedules for company and fiscal budget.
Oversee the completion of short films created for the 48hr Film Project by organizing a film crew and managing each production.
Initiated an internship program for UMass students to gain experience in production.
Coordinated publicity and fundraising efforts for “Hope the Cow”, an interactive art installation that doubles as a piggy bank where donations go towards Craig’s Doors Homeless Shelter in Amherst, MA.
Women Only Project, Amherst, MA 01/2014– present
Providing collaborative opportunities for female filmmakers with various levels of experience. The group has over 100 members and produces short films, each created with an all-female cast and crew.
Coordinate script submission festival, oversee the selection of scripts and the organizing of production teams, that results in the making of several short films each year.
Supervise budgets for each film production, allocating funds appropriately throughout filming as well as post-production marketing and festival submissions.
Organize an event screening each year that is free to attend and open to the public.
SaGaTalk Radio, Amherst, MA 11/2015– present
Host of a live podcast show promoting independent film projects. The 2016 season had 22 episodes and includes guests such as; Nancy Oliver, Tom Schulman, Jack Epps, Ted Tally, and Richard Walter.
Recruitment of talk show guests, seeking appropriate guests for each week’s topic.
Research show topics and featured work/guests for lively conversation and social media interaction.
Strategize social media marketing to gain optimal audience participation.
Writing, Content Creation, Strategic Planning, Project Management, Production and Editing.
Software: Adobe Creative Cloud Complete (Premiere, Elements, Photoshop, etc.), Microsoft Office, Final Draft, Final Cut Pro, Open Broadcaster Software, and Wrike office management software.
Full Sail University, Winter Park, MFA, Creative Writing
Quinnipiac University, Hamden, MS, Interactive Media Production
Keene State College, Keene, BA, Theatre, Dance, and Film
with a Specialization in Acting and Directing and a Minor in Technical Theater
Stella Adler Studio for Performing Arts, NYC, Performance
Sari Gagnon is an industry professional with 8 years of production experience, taking projects from beginning development stages all the way through post production. Sari uses dramatic comedy to raise social awareness through tragic yet comedic characters and situations. She also has 5 years’ experience working in children’s theater, writing, directing and producing children’s plays before becoming a producer at Counterfeit Cow Productions (CCP), a multi-media production company, working on several commercial projects and short artistic films.
Earned a creative writing scholarship from Quinnipiac University graduate school in 2014.
Honored with the "Woman of the 48" award by the 48hr Film Project for New Haven, CT in 2015.
Earned the Shawna Shay Film Festival spirit award for Founding the Women Only Project, collaborative for female filmmakers in 2014.
Wrote, directed and produced documentary "Homeless in a College Town" documentary in 2013.
Reached an audience of 10,000 listeners in 2016, as the host of SaGaTalk radio, a podcast talk show about independent artists.