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The follower


Dir. Stephanie Szerlip

Presented by The Female Collective

Feat. Dir Stephanie Szerlip & Candace Reels

The Town Hall
Sunday 22nd, September
1.30 – 2.30 PM

A misunderstood teen with dreams of escaping her dreary suburban life navigates an exchange with her internet stalker in this Southern Gothic, stranger-danger tale based on the 1966 Joyce Carol Oates story “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?”


After receiving a degree in Film & Media from SUNY Purchase, Stephanie began her career as a technician for the iconic video art institution Electronic Art Intermix, where she worked with pioneering, experimental film and video artists and gained hands-on experience with early video formats. Following this she created content, short docs and editorials for several New York magazines and brands, until recently swapping coastlines to pursue narrative and commercial work in LA.

She is a Creative Producer with Woman and Film, and part of a collective, Smudge Films, dedicated to highlighting work from unconventional auteurs. Their most recent feature Clara’s Ghost, which Stephanie helped produce, premiered at Sundance in 2017. She has directed commercial content for clients including Sonos, Maybelline, Vice, Marc Jacobs, Revlon, Shinola, and Beyond Yoga and more. Her short film, The Follower, is making its way to festivals while her current narrative project, Young Forever, finishes up post.


Born and raised in Los Angeles, Candace Reels is an activist, self-love advocate, and founder of Female Collective. An online community that started as an Instagram account born out of Reels’ passion for activism, self care, and intersectional feminism. 

Female Collective has now grown into a platform that celebrates, empowers, uplifts, and supports all women on a daily basis; aiming to help women come together, tell their unique stories, and feel empowered to tackle the missions that matter most to them.