The Mercy Mistress Team
Yin Q, CREATOR/writer & executive producer
Yin Q is a BDSM educator, ritualist, and creator/writer of Mercy Mistress. Their writing can be found in BUST, Chance Magazine, A Womens Thing, Afro-Asia, Apogee Journal, and various other online sites that promote sex positive, pro-feminist work. Yin Q has been a sex work activist for over two decades with the strong belief that when we decriminalize and uplift the most vulnerable and marginalized communities, we assure the safety of all. Follow on IG and FB.
Poppy Liu, actress & executive producer
Poppy is a classically trained, first generation, Chinese-American actress and the founding director of the production company Collective Sex which has the mission of “decolonizing storytelling” by centering marginalized voices and destigmatizing stories around sex, body, intimacy and identity. Poppy was named by Rewire Magazine one of "5 Women Creatives You Should Know." Poppy is taking on the role of Mistress Yin in Mercy Mistress.
Amanda Madden, director & editor
Amanda is a filmmaker, artist, and emotional explorer. As the Creative Director of Multimedia for Collective Sex, she co-directed and edited the short film, Names of Women, has produced a collection of activist videos and is the director and editor for the upcoming web series, Mercy Mistress. Amanda is interested in stories about identity and relationships, community and connection and pursues bold storytelling that values authenticity, collaboration, and experimentation.
Samantha Panger, director of photography
Samantha is a New York based cinematographer. For seven years, she has been working as a camera technician on projects ranging from feature docs, such as Sean Dunne’s Cam Girlz to long format television, such as Warner Brother’s Gotham. Her work on short docs such as Well Groomed and Just the Muscle traveled through film festivals in the US and won Best Short at the Toronto Independent Film Festival. Her work with Collective Sex on the short Names of Women has also been on tour around the country, and in collegiate settings such as Colgate and Wesleyan.
Marci Mudd, Production Designer
Marci is a New York based Production Designer and Art Director. Her most recent work includes production design of the webseries, Unicornland and art direction of Spike Lee’s new feature 311. She is proud to be a part of Mercy Mistress and to be working alongside so many amazing women in film.
RYANN HOLMES, Production COORDINATOR
Ryann has worked and lived in Brooklyn since 2005, fighting for love, and the freedom of our people. In 2009, Ryann founded the bklyn boihood collective. Ryann was the Director of Community Programs at the Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Arts (MoCADA), rebranded/created the annual Soul of BK Festival, co-created arts programs with the Fort Greene’s housing projects community, and co-managed the logistics of Bed Stuy’s only film festival for children of color. In 2016, Ryann was voted one of Brooklyn Magazine’s top 100 cultural innovators. Ryann is also the co-founder of Lucid Haus records, an indie music label based in Brooklyn. Ryann is also a music supervisor for “195 Lewis”, a boundary breaking web series that explores the lives of queer women of color in Brooklyn, New York. Ryann has an MBA from Baruch College in Social Entrepreneurship.
d'arcy Jill rosie, WARDROBE & STYLING
By day, D'arcy Jill Rosie is a Vintage Clothing Dealer and Stylist, whose work and items have been featured on Masters of Sex, Halt and Catch Fire, and American Horror Story: Hotel. By night, she is a multi-faceted, lifestyle-based BDSM educator, facilitator and performer. In collaboration with her creative partner MarcusLikesIt, she serves as curator and host to several monthly immersive Kink events, and performs mesmerizing live rope shows (combining elements of Opera, Ballet and Bondage) throughout New York City's top burlesque and nightlife venues. A Los Angeles native, she now calls Flatbush, Brooklyn home. Interview at Bushwick Daily
MICHELLE COURSEY, MAKE-UP
Michelle is an Oregon native who came to New York City for college and never left. Her work has appeared in national and international magazines, on television shows, the runway and the red carpet. Michelle has had the privilege of assisting some of the most famous makeup artists in the world, including Pat McGrath, Dick Page, Tom Pecheux and Charlotte Tilbury at at New York and Paris Fashion Weeks, the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, as well as photo shoots and campaigns. Most recently, she was the personal makeup artist for Adriana Lima on the television show American Beauty Star. When not doing makeup, Michelle is pursuing her other passion, collecting and wearing vintage clothing. You can follow her vintage adventures on her blog: www.myvintagelove.com
YENNI CERDA, HAIR
Yenni Cerda is a Hair Stylist born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She has been styling hair since childhood and has been doing it professionally since 2010. After graduating from AVEDA institute and working in salons she decided that she wanted to create a more holistic experience for her clients. So in 2016 she left the salon to become a freelance stylists who focuses on holistic hair care and self love and expression as a tool for healing. In 2018 she will launch her own homemade hair healing product line called Pajón.
mel hsu, original score
Raised as a classical cellist, Mel Hsu has a deep and eternal love for the low frequencies of the bass clef. As a multi-instrumentalist, Mel composes and performs for film, theater, dance, poetry and epic neighborhood parades. She is honored to be composing and performing the score for Mercy Mistress.
zoraida ingles, graphic design
Zoraida is a brand and visual designer, passionate about bringing awareness to social causes. She plays with typography, color, and form, and loves bringing her experience as a woman of color, into her work. She is currently working on several creative projects as well as mastering reiki and other healing modalities.
chelsea downs, marketing & pr
Chelsea Downs is an entrepreneur, mom, and queer with passion and vision. Her career began with 6 years spent at Comedy Central with Viacom, various MTV networks and Nickelodeon, before the New York Toy Collective was born. A true social activist, Chelsea realized her dream to build New York Toy Collective, a global brand that celebrates sexuality, pleasure and humanity. Its compassion, sincerity and an undeniable respect for freedom is what drives Chelsea’s approach to business.
LYNDE ROSARIO, Script Supervisor
Lynde has been working in the film industry since 2015. She has worked on feature-length films, short films, and web series. Self-taught in this profession, her education is theatre-based; having received a B.A. in Drama from Hofstra University and an M.F.A. in Dramaturgy from the American Repertory Theatre / Moscow Art Theatre Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University. She is also currently working as a Dramaturg / Literary Manager in the theatre industry.