The Team

The Fior Di Fossa Team

Meet our Team!

Hally Smith

Co-Writer, Co-Director, Co-Producer, Co-Star (Katherine) & Costume Designer

Hally Smith is an actor, singer, writer and costume designer based in NYC. She recently graduated from NYU Tisch having studied musical theatre at The New Studio on Broadway and film acting at Stonestreet Studios. While in school, she had the pleasure of originating roles in new musicals and creating an original web series, which kindled a passion in her for creating and telling new stories. Fior Di Fossa started as a small idea in Hally’s head, but through an amazing collaborative process with Lizzie, the idea transformed into a heart-filled story about two beautifully flawed women. Hally is humbled to finally be able to share this story, and thrilled to see what will come next!

Lizzie Sherman

Co-Writer, Co-Director, Co-Producer, Co-Star (Genevieve) & Line Producer

Lizzie is an actor, writer, singer, and producer. A recent NYU Tisch graduate based in New York City, she studied at the Stella Adler School of Acting and Stonestreet Studios. During her time at NYU Lizzie worked on a variety of projects from creating a web-series to starring in many Shorts. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, she and Hally Smith imagined, nurtured, and brought to life Fior Di Fossa. She is looking forward to sharing more stories on the screen, whether they are her own or others!

Mariano Flores

Director of Photography

Mariano Flores is a Guatemalan cinematographer, writer and music producer. He received his bachelors from NYU Tisch and is currently pursing a masters in Music Technology at NYU Steinhart. He enjoys sushi as much as the next guy, but like a little bit more. He believes the American Dream is very much still alive after watching a couple episodes from Stranger Things.

Chibueze Ihuoma

Actor (Anthony)

Chibueze Ihuoma is a Nigerian-American actor, singer, writer, and musician. Born and raised in New Jersey, he sang and danced in many musicals before going to NYU Tisch, where he got to do everything from wining and dining at wild 1920s parties to arguing a case as a masked anthropomorphic tiger. Now nearing the end of his final year, he hopes his art can be a source of healing and relief for everyone who needs it.

Avery Barrett

Assistant Director/Editor

Avery Barrett, an NYU Tisch Graduate, is an actor and freelance editor. Her past editing experience includes Stonestreet MicroMovies, student films, and Web series.  “Mom’s Ring,” a recent work of hers that she co-wrote and acted in, was chosen as a 2019 Big Apple Film Festival Selection. She couldn’t be more excited to work on this passion project!

Amelia Palmer

Sound Mixer

Amelia is a Brooklyn based sound mixer, sound designer, and composer that has been working as a freelancer since graduating from NYU in 2018 from the Gallatin School with a self made major titled “The Business of Sound”.  Since graduation, she has crewed on a variety of projects as a sound mixer and has worked with companies such as Nike, Atlantic Pictures, COPA90, USG, Oribe, Cousins, Good Company, NYU, and VaynerMedia.  She has also crewed on several short and feature length films, most notably Homegoing (dir. Carlton Daniel Jr.) which was recently selected to screen at the Atlanta Film Festival and Assisted Living, which was voted as the “Best Sitcom Series” at Minnesota’s WebFest.

Kathryn Ly-Bishop

Sound Mixer

Kathryn Ly Bishop is a production sound mixer and post production sound designer. She graduated from NYU Steinhardt with a degree in Music Technology. Kathryn likes long drives to Long Island and is not too keen on things that are wet. She is in an emo band with the DP of this film.

Rebecca Stone

Assistant Director/Production Assistant

Rebecca is an actor, singer, and writer based in New York City. She has recently graduated with a BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, spending time at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting and Stonestreet Studios. Since graduating into an unprecedented pandemic, Rebecca has continued to work on her own projects, including the writing of a web series and starting a dream-pop band. She is thrilled to have been a part of the Fior Di Fossa short and to support her fellow artists!

Jason Weinpel

Drone Operator

Jason is famous for saying of his surroundings: “This would be a killer drone shot”. He is passionate about finding cool perspectives from above. He has done video projects for coffee shops, motorsports rental companies, and everything in between! You can see some of his shots on Instagram @gimbal.and.drone !

Emilia Coto


Emilia is currently enrolled in the fashion design program at FIT, working part-time at a men’s shirt factory in NYC, and she also teaches sewing from her home studio in New Jersey. Her father owns a tailoring business which she hopes to inherit someday. In the meantime, she always has at least three of her own design projects on deck, and she also enjoys reading anything from philosophy to science fiction, cooking something different every week, playing musical instruments, and visiting cool places!

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