New York Second

New York Second - Long form work sample for the NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre grant application.

Board members, please watch this long form work sample as well as the welcome video (on the right) we have prepared for you, which includes a greeting and a short form work sample replacement. We have come to realize the submitted short form sample could be considered a sizzle reel and thus wish to substitute it.

Thank you for your consideration and we look forward to working with you!


Esteemed members of the NYFA Women's Fund. We welcome you.

We're here to tell you about our movie, New York Second. A film that resonates with people, that's radical about 2 ex-cons, self-love, and the pursuit of American dreams.

Hi, I'm Karina Columbus. I'm a meditation teacher and a self-love influencer and a believer in the human spirit.

Michele Evans. I'm a writer, producer, a story teller of exciting features to lift people up.

I actually have a lot of experience as a video production specialist. Whether it's in front of the camera, behind the camera, in the edit room, on-scene, as a reporter. My work has taken me from the heights of sports broadcasting all the way down to the lows of being incarcerated in New York City's infamous Rikers Island.

Like Michele, my life is about transcending limits. From climbing Mount Fuji to navigating the streets of New York and everything in between. I'm about stories and I'm about chapters of your life and every woman I feel like can relate to that.

In a city with such a broad spectrum of stories, it's important that New York City's women are represented in every way. From every corner and from both extremes of spectrum of diversity.

This is where the fun comes in. Your support will help enable us to tell these untold stories.

We understand the gravity of this grant. It's not just about funding.

It's about sharing these stories and weaving the tapestry of these stories into our daily lives, into the lives of New York City women in a way that's relatable.

Your belief in our project will be a catalyst for change.

Together with the NYC Women's Fund, we can highlight the unwavering spirit of the New York woman and the diversity of the New York woman. And we can lay that out in a film that is intriguing and inspiring.

We hope you'll join us on this journey and help spread awareness for things such as social justice, migrant crisis, closing Rikers, even congestion pricing. These are all issues we address in the New York Second.

We hope you'll take this journey with us. Thanks again for watching our video. Thanks for supporting us and we're looking forward to working with the NYC Women's Fund.

Take care.

  • Michele Evans
  • Michele Evans
  • Karena Allen
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  • Michele Evans
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Director Biography - Michele Evans

Jack-of-all-trades and master of writing. Michele has dabbled in various genres & mediums, from sci-fi to romance, from screenplays to articles. She has a fiction writing portfolio where you can find her amazing stories who will make you laugh, cry, and think. She also knows how to write about real-life issues, such as the Covid situation in Rikers Island, which she covered for the New York Times.

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Director Statement

New York Second is a heartwarming tale of friendship and perseverance. Living on the streets of NYC in a van is no easy task. Two ex-cons making their way post release, take an unexpected journey to self discovery. For questions or funding inquiries, email