Laughter is the sound of recognition.
Future Facing Films generate a sense of urgency around facial recognition technology, its rapid development, widespread usage, and potential dangers – through comedy.
Why comedy, though?
We value protecting individuals by holding the government and companies accountable but… that doesn’t sound very funny. Humor is able to surprise us – highlighting the absurdity of the technologies we often accept and ignore.
Founder, Executive Producer
Emily Lyon is a director, producer, and editor of social impact stories. Her superpower is translating heavy topics into stories that land for the audience. Last fall, she co-created the Social Impact Writers Lab with Emmy-winning producer Adnaan Wasey. In 2020, she was selected for the first U.S. cohort for the Creative Climate Leadership created by Julie’s Bicycle. Currently part of The Civilians R&D Group, she is developing a card game around environmental justice and community collaboration.
As Associate Artistic Director of Hedgepig Ensemble, Emily is also currently curating the second round of Expand the Canon - a call to action for gender equity in classical theatre – a program she helped create and launch. She also recently joined the first junior board for the Young Entertainment Activists (YEA!) which seeks to change the culture and content of Hollywood.
Future Facing Films intersects Emily's passions: media, community, and equity. And, of course, attempting to be funny. You can find out more about Emily's past work at EmilyALyon.com.
Amy Blackman is an actor, writer, and producer living in New York City. Most recently she shot the short film “Goldilocks” written and directed by Meryl Jones Williams. Her TV credits include appearances on HBO’s The Deuce, NBC’s New Amsterdam, and CBS’s Madam Secretary. Stage credits include the recent Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of Angels in America, as well as leading roles at The Old Globe, Cleveland Playhouse, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Cincinnati Playhouse, Gulfshore Playhouse, and Tantrum Theater. She is also a proud member of the Hedgepig Ensemble’s Expand the Canon 2021 reading committee.
Amy is delighted to be a part of the Future Facing Films team and the mission to highlight the absurdities and inequities around facial recognition technology with curiosity through comedy. She holds a BFA from the University of Michigan and an MFA from The Old Globe/University of San Diego. Find out more at www.amyblackman.com and follow her on Instagram @amyblackman.
Ricki Lynée is an award-winning New York City-based actress, writer, and producer. She is the co-owner and Head of Development at Nuanse Entertainment and is a resident artist with New Light Theater Project. Ricki is a graduate of CUNY Brooklyn College where she studied Theatre and studied acting at HB Studios, AADA, and New Federal Theatre. She officially embraced her passion for filmmaking with the award-winning webseries “Anthology,” produced by Nuanse Entertainment in 2013.
In her free time, Ricki proudly works as a Standardized Patient portraying case studies through simulations, and educating medical students/professionals, while helping to reform the way women of color are perceived and treated throughout the healthcare industry.
As an advocate for diversity in film, theatre, and media, Ricki seeks to inspire younger artists; trailblazing by creating stories and embodying characters that challenge social norms. She is committed to authoring a body of work that prioritizes inclusivity, bold choices, and craftsmanship. More info about Ricki is available at rickilynee.com.
Mike Mroch is a New York based director, writer, producer, & production designer. He is the creator & showrunner for the short web series, In The Time Of. Mike is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago where he received a BFA in Directing and Scenic Design with a Minor in Art History.
As an arts manager, Mike served as the Managing Director of Strawdog Theatre Company in Chicago from 2011-2017 and was the Managing Director of Animus Theatre Company in New York from 2017-2020.