Skip to Content

Search: {{$root.lsaSearchQuery.q}}, Page {{$}}

Alumni and Friends

Anna Baumgarten's DISFLUENCY Continues to Reap Awards -- and Screens at the Michigan!


A BIG thank you to Writer/Director Anna Baumgarten (FTVM '15), Producer Danny Mooney (FTVM '10), and the whole Disfluencey Crew for sharing your talents with FTVM! 

On Tuesday, March 8, 2022, at the Michigan Theater, FTVM hosted a hometown screening of the award-winning film Disfluency.  After the screening, Anna and Danny joined members of their crew and Professor Burnstein for a Q & A to discuss how their time at UM prepared them -- along with their  "All-Star" team of FTVM alums (see list below) -- to make the film.

On Friday, March 11, Anna and Danny also graciously met with the current group of FTVM Mitchell Scholars to discuss indie filmmaking and networking. 

Disfluency received FIVE nominations from the 2021 Indiana Film Journalists Association Awards in December of 2021: 

Best Film
Best Director
: Anna Baumgarten
Best Actress: Libe Barer
Best Supporting Actress: Chelsea Alden
Breakout of the Year

AND won Best Narrative Feature at the Austin Film Festival (October 2021). Austin Film Festival (AFF), 

CONGRATULATIONS to Anna and to the entire production crew!

To learn more about the film, click here



Other FTVM alums who worked on the film are as follows: 

Anna Baumgarten (FTVM 2015) - Director/Writer/Producer
Danny Mooney (FTVM 2010) -- Producer
Anthony Kalil (FTVM 2015) -- Co-Producer
John Fisher (FTVM 2014) -- DP
Kevin Birou (FTVM 2013) -- Editor
Walter Lin (FTVM 2012) -- Gaffer
Layne Simescu (FTVM 2015) -- Art Director
Monica Geraffo (FTVM 2015) -- Costume Designer
George Gardner (FTVM 2017) --Script Consultant
Benji Trosch (FTVM 2018) -- DIT/AE
Lauren Guido (FTVM 2021) -- Set Intern
Laura Caruso (FTVM 2016) -- 2nd AC