The Scene with Doreen

The Scene with Doreen

Episode 06 | New Jersey Film Panel With Sherry McCracken, Dina Engel & David Schoner | 06-15-23 Download

00:58 Download June 15th, 2023

Sherry McCracken walked away from a successful business career in Corporate Information Technology over a decade ago to focus full time on her passion in storytelling. Since then, she’s produced three feature films with her partner Dina Engel, and production partner, Modoc Spring — The Suspect (This is Us’ Sterling K. Brown, ER’s Mekhi Phifer), Natural Selection (The Breakfast Club’s Anthony Michael Hall, Shawdowhunter’s Katherine McNamara), and American Gothic (Grand Theft Auto’s Ned Luke)…
Most recently she created a series and produced the pilot episode of 48 Blocks, filmed entirely in and around Atlantic City.

Sherry’s love for Atlantic City takes many forms, including producing the short film Atlantic City, filming and directing recording artist Chris Kasper’s City by the Sea music video, and working with Stockton University to direct and produce a Story’s of AC short telling the story of Chicken Bone Beach, the once segregated beach of Atlantic City. Prior to that, Sherry worked with the Atlantic City Arts Foundation to create and produce a documentary about AC’s growing mural program.

In 2018 Sherry dove into the Blockchain world and began testing and building models to support the creator economy. Sherry signed her first smart contract and KYC to put The Suspect on Breaker.io in early 2019. Currently she is working on several Web3 film projects including a children’s animated series where she is working on innovative ways to get past the Hollywood gatekeeper and monetize filmmaker content.

Sherry was featured in both Filmmaker and MovieMaker magazines, was a featured speaker at a NY Women in Film & Television Event and was a featured panelist at Lionsgate Studios.

Sherry on Twitter and Instagram

Dina Engel is a New York-based actor, producer, and casting associate who received a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Penn State University.

Originally from Philadelphia, she moved to NYC to pursue her interest in film and TV. She has appeared in principal roles in dozens of feature and short films, television, print ads, and commercials.

During the pandemic, she began working in Casting and is a Casting Associate (CSA) at Caroline Sinclair Casting. They primarily cast independent feature films, episodic series, and commercials.

Dina’s feature film producer credits include The Suspect (This is Us’ Sterling K. Brown, ER’s Mekhi Phifer), Natural Selection (The Breakfast Club’s Anthony Michael Hall, Shadowhunter’s Katherine McNamara), and American Gothic (Grand Theft Auto’s Ned Luke) which are all available on streaming outlets.

Dina and her producing partner Sherry McCracken own Little Rock Films and Studios and recently produced a proof of concept one-hour narrative drama pilot, 48 BLOCKS, their first venture into television. You can check out the teaser at the above link.

Prior to her career in entertainment, Dina was the Chief Operating Officer for an international billing and software company for 20 years. Knowing you only have one life to live, she decided to bring her business experience and passion to a new industry and has never looked back.

When not in the NYC, you can find Dina in Ventnor, NJ enjoying time with her family, walking on the beach, reading, exercising, and loving her panda pug, Franki.

David Schoner Jr. via IMDB

2002 Winner – Ajijic International Film Festival
Los Charales Award Best Independent Feature Film
Minimal Knowledge (2002)

2012 Winner – Garden State Film Festival
Audience Award Best Picture & Home Grown Award Best Feature
A Dangerous Place (2012)

via NJ.gov

When Thomas Edison and his team invented the movie camera in West Orange, the inextricable link between New Jersey and motion pictures was born. Beginning in the early days of the silent era and continuing in the present day when an historic amount of production is taking place here, the film industry is essential to New Jersey’s past, present and future.

The New Jersey Motion Picture & Television Commission has supported and nurtured this creatively vibrant and economically vital industry for over 45 years. The Commission’s knowledgeable and experienced staff assists filmmakers with all their needs — financial incentives, permits, regulations, production services, site selection and clearance. The Commission, part of the Business Action Center within the Department of State, attracts and supports production work and promotes infrastructure growth for the economic and image benefits the state derives.

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