Our plan was to start a production company together, the three of us. We were going to make movies that meant something, that had significance. Then Allison died, and the idea died right along with her, so we buried it. But when we stumbled upon hours of her diary cam footage a year later, we realized she still had a story to tell. Many stories to tell. And so did we. That’s how Hidden Star Films was born. So in a way, our plan came true.
Because the stars are always there, even when we can’t see them.
Mary Beth is a writer, producer and director with a passion for story and how we connect to each other through film. She has spent the past 20 years working in the Entertainment Industry Her affinity for storytelling has led her to write several feature screenplays, a novel, and produce the feature length documentary film entitled, What the F@#- is Cancer and Why Does Everybody Have it?. She has also produced The What? Series, a cancer awareness webisode program.
Alia is a writer, producer and director who believes the best way to relate to each other is through the power of storytelling. Alia was a producer on the feature documentary What the F@#- Is Cancer and Why Does Everybody Have It? and has been featured on MTV and in Glamour magazine. She has also written and performed for the CBS Multicultural Comedy Showcase, The New York Arab American Comedy Festival and The Middle Eastern Comedy Festival.
Dr. Emerson is a psychologist, teacher, writer, producer, executive consultant, and existential enthusiast. She unwittingly became a death midwife 17 years ago when a beloved patient’s breast cancer returned and the question of whether to accompany her to the door of death became an expected life-changing choice. Staci has been helping people and their loved ones process the death experience and live with resilience, exuberance, and love ever since. She is passionate about teaching people to mindfully tell their narratives about the important stuff, while letting go of the things that lead us away from our best lives. She’s also an outspoken supporter of women’s empowerment, inclusion and fairness. When she’s not being a doctor, coach, and mom, Staci is a runner, cyclist, and yogi, a data geek and robotics nerd, and a hack at surfing.