Shanna Riker is an NYC based, female, Director/ Writer/ Producer. She graduated from Blue Mountain College with a bachelor’s in Psychology and a bachelor’s in Theatre. She has produced five short films, three of which she directed and one she also wrote. Shanna has one independently published novel, Barbecue, Fried Chicken and “Where’s the Will?” which she adapted into a play that she produced, directed and performed in at the Tank Theatre in NYC. Both are available on Amazon. Shanna is a two time participant of the Women’s Weekend Film Challenge. Daughters of Solanas, which Shanna produced for the most recent challenge, has been screened at the Queerly Film Festival and the Imagine This Women’s Film Festival and has been accepted into the Uptown Women's Film Festival. Shanna is an avid traveler and has had two articles published in online travel publications. Shanna’s writing interests are diverse yet she tends to focus on family drama, psychological fantasy and has a special fondness for romantic Christmas films. The Leap is Shanna's first completed film as a directer that she considers "festival worthy." The Leap has currently been selected for fifteen festivals and has won two awards: Best Cinematography for a short film at The Couch Film Festival and the Silver Award at the Spotlight Short Film Festival. Shanna is a proud client of Mitchel Stein of The Stein Agency, Los Angeles.