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Avital Ash Workshops Her Suicide Note
"In her brutally frank Edinburgh debut, Avital Ash confesses she’s dogged by abject feelings of hating herself. Yet it’s hard to envisage anyone emerging from this profoundly affecting hour with anything but admiration for a smart, poetic, witty woman able to convert harrowing first-hand experiences into a show that's both heart-rending and funny, albeit bleakly so."
Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Avital Ash
"[Ex]ceptionally funny hours like Avital Ash's Fringe debut, which strikes a deft balance between the blackest humour and pathos.
“Strikes a deft balance between the blackest humour and pathos…
A thoughtful, even wry storyteller… Highly impactful, a calling card for Ash's glowing talent.”
What are the best things about the Fringe that need to be fought for?
"The best thing about the Fringe is that you can see shows wherever you are, any time of day. There's a hub of excitement, hope, and creativity. A universal joy in being able to focus exclusively on the thing you love more than anything every single day. Surrounded by people with a shared passion. But when the financial stakes are becoming as high as they are, the excitement, hope, and creativity become strained. Replaced with the kind of panic and anxiety that the fringe is meant to be a refuge from."
10 LGBTQ+ acts to watch at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe
"Avital Ash brings a huge amount of heart and realism to her Fringe show this year. The dark comedy set-up sees her deal with her mother’s suicide – when she was just a child – head on. Avital enlists audiences to help pen the perfect note to get answers she was left without from her mother, who never left one. The performer also delvers into generational trauma, as well as growing up a Hasidic jew whilst being queer in the US."
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Abortion Anthology ‘Give Me An A’ Among Brooklyn Horror Film Festival Jury Prize Winners
"The Gold Audience Award went to Give Me An A directors Natasha Halevi, Meg Swertlow, Bonnie Discepolo, Danin Jacquay, Annie Bond, Sarah Kopkin, Monica Moore-Suryiage, Caitlin Hargraves, Megan Rosati, Hannah Alline, Avital Ash, Mary C. Russell, Valerie Finkel, Kelly Nygaard, Loren Escandon and Francesca Maldonado."
GIVE ME AN A: Female Filmmakers Unite In Response To Roe V. Wade With Anthology Feature
"Give Me An A’s massive and impressive ensemble of directors includes Natasha Halevi, Meg Swertlow, Bonnie Discepolo, Danin Jacquay, Erica May Wright, Annie Bond, Sarah Kopkin, Monica Moore-Suryiage, Caitlin Hargraves, Megan Rosati, Hannah Alline, Avital Ash, Mary C. Russell, Valerie Finkel, Kelly Nygaard, Loren Escandon and Francesca Maldonado."
Alyssa Milano, Virginia Madsen, Gina Torres & Milana Vayntrub Join Anthology Film ‘Give Me An A’ Responding To Overturning Of Roe V. Wade
"Today’s quartet joins an ensemble that will also feature Jennifer Holland, Sean Gunn, Molly C. Quinn, Jason George and Jackie Tohn, as previously announced, with actors to appear in segments from different directors, in genres ranging from horror and sci-fi, to satire and dark comedy. Monique Coleman, Parker Young, Regina Ting Chen, Ian Nelson, Trent Garrett, Kristen Ariza, Carolina Ravassa, Maze Felix, Kevin Fonteyne, Galen Howard, Andrea Cortés, Julia Vasi, Courtney Dietz and Avital Ash round out the cast.
The anthology will be tied together with a wraparound piece, directed by the project’s EP Natasha Halevi. The segments comprising the anthology come from filmmakers including Valerie Finkel, Megan Rosati, Bonnie Discepolo, Monica Moore-Suriyage, Meg Swertlow, Loren Escandon, Francesca Maldonado, Avital Ash, Erica Wright, Mary C. Russell, Danin Jacquay, Sarah Kopkin, Hannah Alline and Caitlin Hargraves. Writers on the project included Lexx Fusco, Annie Bond, Savannah Rose Scaffe, Rowan Fitzgibbon, Danielle Aufiero and Laura Covelli."
Comedian Avital Ash Talks The “Weird Nostalgia” Of Her Pandemic-Era Web Series ‘Antisocial Distance’
"As widespread vaccinations begin to signal the beginning of the end for the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, what happens to Zoom? The virtual meeting platform (and others like it) has sustained the continuity of business, education, journalism, entertainment, and more for over a year now, but as we finally get the go-ahead to unmask and gather in greater numbers once again, is the age of omnipresent digital communication also coming to a close?"
‘How I Met Your Mother’ Creators’ New Comedy Ordered to Pilot at CBS
"“How I Met Your Mother” writer Hilary Winston and creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas are back at CBS with a new pilot order for comedy “Real Life.”
The sitcom, based on the web series “7p/10e,” by Avital Ash, was originally ordered to pilot by CBS last season, but will be redeveloped for this cycle. The story follows the relationship between two 20-somethings who go from working on opposite coasts to the same office."
WRITTEN BY AVITAL
Comedy and Horror: Two sides of the same coin
"Growing up, I was too scared to watch horror movies. I was traumatised by the Blair Witch SEQUEL. You know, universally panned Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2? Saw that and couldn’t sleep for a week.
I remember when Candyman was airing on TV and the commercial for it said: ‘Candyman will do for mirrors what Psycho did for showers.’ I hadn’t seen either movie, but was immediately terrified of mirrors and showers. (To be fair, Hitler had a big hand in the latter.)
I was never, however, afraid to watch a comedy. I’ve never tried to talk a group into seeing a different movie, a non-comedy, panicked that all the humour would give me nightmares.
And still, the two genres are more similar than they are different. Zach Galifianakis and David Cronenberg are two sides of the same coin."
Notes From the Field: Why Actors Need to Be Their Own Creative Advocates
"I moved to L.A. to write, act, and direct straight out of high school. I had a clumsy start, which is to say, I floundered for a decade without any traction. It’s not even that I was waiting for a handout—I actually did write, direct, produce, and star in a feature. My big mistake was thinking that was enough.
Over ten years, I acted in some music videos, a few indies, and cut and recut my own film. My movie was standard indie fare—micro budget and primarily restricted to one location—but it took my blood, sweat, and tears, and I was determined for it to be my calling card."
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