About Film Launch
We believe that content entrepreneurs craft the stories and experiences that will impact our society as a whole. With a broad offering of educational courses, 1:1 coaching and mentorship, and experience-driven consulting, Film Launch seeks to shape how content is ideated, produced and distributed, and how that content can make a deep impact aligned with the creator’s vision.
Our focus expands beyond “how-to” into “why” and “what for.” We employ unique road-tested processes designed to accelerate the career of the indie content creator and/or the growth of the content production/distribution company. Our ultimate aim is expanding the difference visionary content can make in the world.
Film Launch was founded in 2018 as a consultancy for production companies, talent management firms, and arts organizations. We are now building on our 30+ years of experience in the entertainment industry and 15+ years experience in online course creation to roll out courses for content entrepreneurs such as actors, filmmakers, writers, and producers.
The Film Launch Team
Joanna Bowzer, Founder
Joanna Bowzer is a Los Angeles-based content entrepreneur with creative projects in film, theater and immersive storytelling.
She has over 15 years of experience working in start-ups focused on digital media and premium online content and education. She continues to work with new companies, content entrepreneurs, and performing artists, helping them build branding, business development, career and marketing strategies.
As writer and director, Joanna’s work has been called both “bold, inspiring and a breath of fresh air” and “casually sardonic” by the New York Theater Review and LA Weekly respectively. Her films have won awards at over a dozen festivals, and have been shown at over forty, including: Slamdance Film Festival, Palm Springs International Film Festival, Catalina International Film Festival, New York City International Film Festival, Manhattan Film Festival and New York Shorts Fest. She is a member of Film Fatales and the Alliance of Women Directors.
Ally Iseman, Co-Founder
Originally from the "subrural" town of Derwood, Maryland, which is exactly as glamorous as it sounds, Ally is a modern triple threat actor, writer, and creator. A Top 3 writer on The Bitch List 2020 with her dramedy pilot RIGHT OF PASSAGE, Ally has spoken on numerous panels about gender parity and inclusive feminism, aligning herself with work that has an eye on advocacy.
Her varied background in marketing comes from almost a decade managing promotional street teams and staffing on national tours. Ally's experience with small business development started in the basement where she managed client relations, inventory, and even built product for the founder of what has now grown into a multimillion dollar international yachting supply company.
Ally has worked on stage as well as on screens big and small including shows like AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE, CRIMINAL MINDS, and NCIS: LOS ANGELES. She appears in Geo Santini's social media influencer mockumentary LIKE and as a lead opposite Ray Wise and Bonnie Bedelia in the feature film LIFE ON THE ROCKS. In addition, she can be seen on Amazon in the feature film SOLVER and as a guest on NEW DAY NEW CHEF, and stars opposite Lake Bell, Amy Landecker, Michaela Watkins, Rob Huebel, Jeff Garlin and others in her gender parity comedy series FLIP THE SCRIPT, which became Women In Film’s first original content.
Ally's original musical short EDGE OF INTERNMENT, which she co-wrote, produced and starred in, took 3rd Place at the Producers Guild Make Your Mark Competition, while her internationally award-winning film WEDLOCKED, an LGBTQ comedy about gay divorce written by AMERICAN PSYCHO's Guinevere Turner and starring Shelli Boone, Showtime's Whitney Mixter, and Academy Award nominated, Golden Globe and Spirit Award winning actor Sally Kirkland, toured at over 45 film festivals worldwide securing digital, broadcast and theatrical distribution.
Ally resides in Santa Monica with the hard-won knowledge that The Answer to Life, The Universe and Everything is 42.
The Film Launch Experts
Naomi McDougall Jones,
Storyteller & Changemaker
Naomi McDougall Jones is a storyteller and changemaker. She has written, acted in, and produced two award-winning feature films. The first, Imagine I’m Beautiful (2014), collected 12 awards on the film festival circuit before receiving a theatrical and digital distribution deal and is now available on AmazonPrime. Her second feature, Bite Me (2019), was released via a paradigm-shifting 3 month, 51 screening, 40 city Joyful Vampire Tour of America that took the country by storm, and is now available on iTunes, GooglePlay, and Amazon.
She is currently at work on her third feature film, Hammond Castle, for which she received the honor of being the first artist in residence at the final home of Ernest Hemingway in Sun Valley, Idaho. Naomi is an advocate and thought leader for bringing gender parity to cinema. Her writing on this has appeared in The Atlantic, Ms. Magazine, and Salon.com and she gave a virally sensational TEDTalk, What it’s Like to Be a Woman in Hollywood, which has now been viewed over 1 million times and can be seen on TED.com.
Naomi’s first book, The Wrong Kind of Women: Inside Our Revolution to Dismantle the Gods of Hollywood, published by Beacon Press, has received an electric response with Booklist and Kirkus Reviews naming it "bold," "convincing," "well-written," "urgent," and "necessary," and The Christian Science Monitor calling it, “...an outpouring of passion that will change the ways in which movies are seen.” It is now available in hardcover, e-book, and audiobook wherever books are sold. More at www.naomimcdougalljones.com.
Cassidy Nash Davis
Actor, Producer, Social Media Strategist
Cassidy Davis is an actor, producer, and social media manager living in Los Angeles. She moved around a lot as a kid, splitting her childhood between a small town outside of Venice, Italy and a suburb outside of Philadelphia, PA. (So if you need cheesesteak OR pasta recommendations, she's your go to.)
She has been in Los Angeles for a few years now. During that time she has completed the UCB Program and performed as part of a UCB Mess Hall Team, she shot a pilot for FX called Gone Hollywood where she acted opposite the incredible Jonathan Pryce, and she created, directed, wrote, and starred in her award-winning web series, Adulting. Adulting just released its second season on Amazon Prime, and it has been the official selection for over 20 festivals around the world. It has also won awards such as "Best Episodic Content" from LA Film Festival, "Audience Choice Award" from Miami Web Fest, and "Best Supporting Actress" from New Jersey Web Fest.
In 2018 she launched her social media agency, Nash Media, to help independent clients excel in the ever-changing world of social media. Her business has since grown exponentially, and she and her team now work with clients all across the country to develop and execute effective content, growth, and engagement strategies. For more please visit www.nashmediaco.com.