STONESTREET FACULTY BIOS
ALYSSA RALLO BENNETT
Artistic Director and Co-Founder
Alyssa Rallo Bennett is the co-president and head of development and production of Vistar Pictures, a unique film studio that developments slates of feature films with the care and creatively of independent film from all genres and does studio level distribution via it's unique relationship with PMK BNC. Alyssa is an award-winning producer and director as well as a founder of Stonestreet Studios, an independent film studio, production house and a unique screen acting and directing conservatory for NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Since its inception over 20 years ago, Stonestreet has been producing numerous independent feature films, shorts and pilots, and for the past ten years, the Annual Stonestreet-Goldberg Festival of New Short Films. Stonestreet is also a producer of the internet’s only historical mystery webseries, The 47th Floor, starring many New York actors, alums including Miles Teller, Xosha Roquemore et al and currently airing it's 5th season on Blip TV.
Alyssa’s past film credits include award winning feature films, shorts & music videos. Her feature film The Pack, which she directed, produced & co-wrote, stars Lucie Arnaz, Elisabeth Moss, Roger Robinson, Molly Culver, Tibor Feldman, Adam Ferrara, Zach Galligan et al was originally released theatrically in New York and LA and is now being re-released across the nation in a second theatrical release and will be featured this year in the 2011 Toronto Independent Film Festival. The Pack has won Best Director, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Rising Star Award at Wildwood Film Festival, and had “Best Feature Film: Honorable Mention” at Baltimore Women's Film Festival and Bayou Inspirational Film Festival and was featured as an official selection in the Hoboken International Film Festival, Sedona International Film Festival, Independent Features Film Festival at Tribeca Cinema, Northampton International Film Festival, Jersey Shore Film Festival, Festival of Festivals, Connecticut Film Festival, Sweet Auburn Film Festival, and First Take Film Festival.
Alyssa directed and produced the feature film Sonnets in the City starring Joe Siravo (The Sopranos, Jersey Boys); and produced Revengers Inc, directed by Robert Bella, The Code aka Cryptogram starring Angela Pietropinto et al. She developed and associate produced Rain Without Thunder, starring Jeff Daniels, Linda Hunt, Betty Buckley, Frederick Forrest, Graham Greene, Ming Na Wen, Austin Pendelton & Steve Zahn. Rain Without Thunder was theatrically released & distributed by Orion Classics, featured in over a dozen major film festivals and was recently bought by Sony Pictures. The film is now a featured selection on Hulu.
Alyssa is the host and producer of the series Behind the Scenes at Stonestreet Studios. Her guests have included Mike Myers, Susan Sarandon, Edie Falco, Kevin Bacon, Peter Gallagher, Michael Imperioli, James Earl Jones, Elisabeth Shue, Chaske Spenser, Melba Moore, Vincent Pastore, and Joey Pantoliano. The show focuses on the process and art of film making for independent and studio films.
Alyssa has also worked in both films and television in front of the camera with directors such as Woody Allen, Franco Zeffirelli, and Andre Gregory. In New York she has directed many short and full-length plays at Ensemble Studio Theater and the Harold Clurman Theater and was accepted into Sundance Institute’s Playwriting Lab here she worked as director, writer and actor, again developing new material for stage and screen. Alyssa attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and has a BFA in Drama & MA in Drama & Psychology.
Alyssa's and Gary's (Alyssa's husband) entertainment production website: www.bennettpictures.com.