about.

Tender Touches is a comedic Short-Form Web Series following certified animal healer Phrannie (yes, that's "Franny" with a "Ph”) in her everyday work helping animals that struggle with various spiritual and mental health challenges. Owners travel from far and wide with their beloved pets for Phrannie’s signature “Musical Treatments,” which consist of her passionately singing meaningful and appropriate parodies of top 40 hits to the suffering animals.

Produced as part of the 2018 AT&T create-a-thon, 

Tender Touches - MANIAC won 1st Place - Best Standard Film! 

To check it out click here.

 
 

episode one.

the filmmakers.

the creators.

TENDER TOUCHES was created and produced by SARAH SMITH and PHILLIP GUTTMANN, with Phillip serving as writer and Sarah as Director. Sarah and Phillip collaborated last on D.ASIAN, an award winning short film that played in over 35 festivals across the globe, including Palm Springs ShortFest, Iris Prize (shortlisted 30K prize), Rhode Island International Film Festival (Director’s Choice), DC Independent Film Festival (Best Short Film), Lesbisch Schwule Filmtage (Audience Award Best Short), amongst many others. D.Asian was also awarded the 2017 AT&T Underrepresented Filmmaker Award, presented by Patty Jenkins. This fall, Phillip and Sarah will begin production on their follow up short BLACK HAT. Black Hat follows a seemingly pious Hasidic man living a secret double life who misplaces his black hat one night, causing his to separate lives to collide in an way he never imagined.

director of photography.

JEFF MAKSYM is a filmmaker and musician. Originally from Wheaton, Illinois, Jeff is a graduate of the Film/TV program at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. As a filmmaker/videographer living in NYC and LA, Jeff made many fashion videos for numerous clients from Interview Magazine to Vogue, Italy. 

Jeff is the director / co-creator / co-writer of the pioneering comedy webseries "The Mimi & Flo Show," whose viral hit "Same Dude" received over two million views. 

Jeff was also the editor on the fourth season of Illeana Douglas' IKEA-set webseries, "Easy to Assemble." He is currently in development of a musical-comedy film project with his wife and creative partner, Frances Chewning (Dr. Phrannie) and actress/comedian Beth Dover (Orange Is The New Black).

dr. phrannie.

FRANCES CHEWNING stars in the role of Dr. Phrannie as well as contributing the lyrics for the original songs. Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, Frances came to LA by way of New York. Film credits include “Takeout Night” (AFI Fest), “Only Humans” (Sedona Film Fest), “Be Good for Rachel” (New York Film Fest) and “Neo-Noir” (Sundance Fest). Theater includes Kirsten Kearse’s “A Void” at the LA Fringe (Encore award), Dane Whitlock's "I (Totally) Know What You Did Last Donna Summer", "Prairie-Oke!", and "Are You There God, It's Me Karen Carpenter?" at the Cavern Club Celebrity Theater, as well as her one-woman show (with friends), "Murder in Beaver Brook" at the Upright Citizens Brigade. New York credits include Jo in “Blues for Mister Charlie”, Ophelia in “Hamlet”, and Anna Politkovskaya in “A Tough Line;” regional includes Cassandra in Adam Rapp’s “Animals & Plants” and Masha/Yelena in “3 Farces and a Funeral” at The American Repertory Theater. She hosts a bi-monthly improv show at The Clubhouse with her team Flash Garden and co-created the pioneering comedy web series The Mimi & Flo Show. She earned an MFA in acting from the ART/MXAT Institute at Harvard.

the filmmakers.

the creators.

TENDER TOUCHES was created and produced by SARAH SMITH and PHILLIP GUTTMANN, with Phillip serving as writer and Sarah as Director. Sarah and Phillip collaborated last on D.ASIAN, an award winning short film that played in over 35 festivals across the globe, including Palm Springs ShortFest, Iris Prize (shortlisted 30K prize), Rhode Island International Film Festival (Director’s Choice), DC Independent Film Festival (Best Short Film), Lesbisch Schwule Filmtage (Audience Award Best Short), amongst many others. D.Asian was also awarded the 2017 AT&T Underrepresented Filmmaker Award, presented by Patty Jenkins. This fall, Phillip and Sarah will begin production on their follow up short BLACK HATBlack Hat follows a seemingly pious Hasidic man living a secret double life who misplaces his black hat one night, causing his two separate lives to collide in an way he never imagined.

dr. phrannie.

FRANCES CHEWNING stars in the role of Dr. Phrannie as well as contributing the lyrics for the original songs. Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, Frances came to LA by way of New York. Film credits include “Takeout Night” (AFI Fest), “Only Humans” (Sedona Film Fest), “Be Good for Rachel” (New York Film Fest) and “Neo-Noir” (Sundance Fest). Theater includes Kirsten Kearse’s “A Void” at the LA Fringe (Encore award), Dane Whitlock's "I (Totally) Know What You Did Last Donna Summer", "Prairie-Oke!", and "Are You There God, It's Me Karen Carpenter?" at the Cavern Club Celebrity Theater, as well as her one-woman show (with friends), "Murder in Beaver Brook" at the Upright Citizens Brigade. New York credits include Jo in “Blues for Mister Charlie”, Ophelia in “Hamlet”, and Anna Politkovskaya in “A Tough Line;” regional includes Cassandra in Adam Rapp’s “Animals & Plants” and Masha/Yelena in “3 Farces and a Funeral” at The American Repertory Theater. She hosts a bi-monthly improv show at The Clubhouse with her team Flash Garden and co-created the pioneering comedy web series The Mimi & Flo Show. She earned an MFA in acting from the ART/MXAT Institute at Harvard.

director of photography.

JEFF MAKSYM is a filmmaker and musician. Originally from Wheaton, Illinois, Jeff is a graduate of the Film/TV program at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. As a filmmaker/videographer living in NYC and LA, Jeff made many fashion videos for numerous clients from Interview Magazine to Vogue, Italy. 

Jeff is the director / co-creator / co-writer of the pioneering comedy webseries "The Mimi & Flo Show," whose viral hit "Same Dude" received over two million views. Jeff was also the editor on the fourth season of Illeana Douglas' IKEA-set webseries, "Easy to Assemble." He is currently in development of a musical-comedy film project with his wife and creative partner, Frances Chewning (Dr. Phrannie) and actress/comedian Beth Dover (Orange Is The New Black).

producer.

YANIV ROKAH is a director, producer and actor originally from Netanya, Israel. Yaniv started off as an actor in New York where he attended the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute. After Yaniv moved to Los Angeles in 2006, he appeared on shows like 'NCIS: Los Angeles', 'The Beast,' Jon Avnet's web-series 'Kendra', USA Network show 'Dig', Marc Forster's 2013 summer blockbuster "World War Z” and in several national commercials, including a SuperBowl spot for Verizon. Yaniv made his directorial debut with QUEEN MIMI, a feature documentary that tells the story of one woman’s journey though homelessness, which won many awards around the world. Queen Mimi was granted a world wide distribution deal with Netflix, where the film is currently streaming.

editor.

INGER LONGREN was born to a single mother on a pirate ship bound for Seattle. Her mother hung on for two long weeks, but ultimately died of child birth complications while holding Inger in her arms, telling her the story of GoodNight Moon. The pirates came ashore and traveled like Vikings to the Nordic regions of Minnesota where they dropped little Inger at The Fond du Luc Band of Chippewa Reservation. She had no papers and no birth certificate so the Chippewas took her in as their own. Teenaged Inger struggled to fit in with her surroundings, and at just fifteen-years-old she left the reservation and set out to find herself. She decided to journey down the Mississippi River to New Orleans where she ended up hitching a ride on a freighter carrying Chryslers to Central America and joined the Sandinista Liberation Movement. While escaping CIA death squads she took cover in Cuba where she learned slight of hand and grifted rich European diplomats. It was during one of these shakedowns that she met the love of her life, Ernesto Toscano, only to have her heart broken when he died in a hail of bullets meant for her. Inger now resides in Los Angeles and works as an editor for film, television, new media, and formerly vine videos.

 
 

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