Yahoo Finance: Warner Brothers, BAND AID Co-Producer Joins Grand Theft Auto V Actress to Produce Film “Born That Way”

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NEW YORK, June 7, 2017 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Grand Theft Auto V actress Michal Sinnott has attached Warner Brothers producer Kristen Murtha for her feature film in development, “Born That Way.”

Kristen Murtha joins film Born That Way with experience producing for Warner Brothers, working for DreamWorks, and most recently as associate producer for the 2017 LEGO movie and co-producer for Sundance-acclaimed Zoe Lister-Jones film BAND AID.

“The ‘Born That Way’ script was unlike anything I’d read before. It’s unique and beautiful, and presents some interesting challenges as a producer. Simultaneously, it presents opportunities to make something no one has ever seen,” says Kristen about “Born That Way.”

Described by Michal as a “A Magical Realist Present Day Fable For The People,” “Born That Way” explores parallel realities, human connection, and gender through a combination of live-action and animation.

“The story deals with our connectedness to each other, to the earth and to animals – we tackle a lot of heavy stuff, but the animation gives that heaviness levity,” says Michal.

Acting for the screen and stage since age 7, Michal is known for her role as Tracey De Santa in Grand Theft Auto V. A passionate world traveler, Michal co-wrote “Born That Way” with best friend Mary M. Parr on a 6 day USA cross country road trip.

With initial investment from private investors Dina and Fred Clements and Dyna Drones, Michal is meeting with directors and actors to round out the “Born That Way team.”

Filming for “Born That Way” will begin in 2017 in Tanzania, Africa, and will continue on location in New York City in 2018.

Kristen’s producing experience with BAND AID will bring unique opportunities for a diverse production crew for “Born That Way.”

“Working on BAND AID has been the highlight of my career to date. Being surrounded by strong, capable women under the leadership of the powerhouse that is Zoe Lister-Jones was an incredibly empowering experience,” says Kristen.

Also joining the “Born That Way” team as Co-Executive Producer is Emmy and Gemini Award winner Rob Travalino. Rob brings 2 decades of experience as a creator, writer, and story consultant for DreamWorks, Disney, Lucasfilm, Warner Brothers, and Sega of America.

“‘Born That Way’ is an incredibly timely story with a fascinating approach to its telling. And Michal is full of passion and is surrounded by people who believe in her,” says Kristen.

Please reach out to Alana Maiello at alana.maiello@gmail.com for press inquiries.

Media Contact: Alana Maiello, Born That Way, 8057960334, alana.maiello@gmail.com

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We’re a recipient of Big Vision Empty Wallet’s Kickstart Diversity Program

Born That Way is a recipient of Big Vision Empty Wallet’s Kickstart Diversity Program. The program encourages diversity in storytelling at the independent level by supporting projects written, directed, and/or produced by Women, People of Color and Members of the LGBTQ Community. 

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Through the program, we will receive 15-75% discounts from vendors nationwide for everything from camera rentals to sound design to deliverables to marketing, which will allow us to save money through all stages of production and give you, the investor, more bang for your buck. The program also offers exclusive access to education and distribution opportunities, that will aid us in building and activating our audience. So grateful!