Filmmakers

FREE TO LAUGH


LARA EVERLY, Director

Lara Everly is a director, writer and actress celebrating women in comedy. Her films have played the film festival circuit, winning awards and procured distribution. Free to Laugh, a short doc about the power of comedy after prison first aired on Oprah.com, then premiered at the Santa Barbara film festival launching it’s successful festival run including a year long participation in the Lunafest program. The film is distributed by New Wave Entertainment who will also distribute the feature length version of the film now in development.

Everly loves directing comedy and partnering with companies like Refinery29, FunnyorDie, Comediva, Hello Giggles and College Humor. She's directed three web series - for ForD, PopularTV.com and Blue Fever. Lara is in post on a comedic pilot presentation, Patriettes, about a mock government summer camp for teenage girls. 

She also directs commercials and branded content. She most recently shot a commercial for Diono and Little Tikes for broadcast TV. 


ELEASE LUI STEMP, Producer

Elease's career in the entertainment industry spans 15 years across many different genres. Starting at Black Entertainment Television (BET/Viacom) on variety and sketch comedy shows, she happily joined the circus of large-scale live events and awards show at Dick Clark Productions in 2001.  Elease made the leap into the documentary world at BlackLight Films in 2006 and she is currently a Producer at Moving Art Studios working on a documentary about mushrooms. 

Her credits include the Golden Globes, American Music Awards, Daytime Emmys, New Year's Rockin' Eve, MTV Special Events, Wings of Life (feature, Disneynature, 2011), and numerous short films, including Me, You, A Bag & Bamboo, where she first worked with the talented Lara Everly.

An enthusiastic and outspoken advocate for environmental awareness and social change, Elease likes to use her powers in filmmaking to fight evil and bring light to the world.  She also co-founded a non-profit, Impacto Project, to educate and empower youth though hands-on training in visual arts and have completed successful programs in countries all over the world including Panama, Nicaragua and Myanmar.

Elease received her Bachelor of Science in Film Production from Boston University and is a member of the Producers Guild of America.