In press release


Wednesday, September 26th, 2018


VANCOUVER, B.C. –  Animal Mother Films is pleased to announce that Shannon Kohli will be directing the feature-length film All Joking Aside.  Shannon Kohli is an award-winning cinematographer and was the first female to attain that position in IATSE669.  She is also known for directing episodes of SYFY’s The Magicians, FREEFORM’s Shadowhunters, and will be helming for CW’s Supergirl later this year.

Set in New York City, All Joking Aside is about a young African-American woman, Charlene, who dreams of becoming a stand-up comedian, but life won’t stop getting in the way of her ambitions. She befriends a jaded former comic who she turns to for mentorship; a friendship is born, and Charlene learns to find funny in places she never expected.

All Joking Aside is a feature-length comedy film about the barriers women face in the entertainment industry, told through the story of one young woman committed to beating the odds and achieving her dream of becoming a stand-up comic. It’s 2018, and despite making up more than half of the world’s population, women still only count for about 10% of the performers at comedy clubs. If we accept that women are just as funny as men, the question becomes why are there not more female comics, and what can we do about it?

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For media inquiries please contact:
Elizabeth McCarthy – PR Representative for AJA The Movie

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