Liz Ortiz-Mackes is the owner of I Ain’t Playin’ Films and Casting Solutions. Native New Yorker, and first generation daughter of Colombian and Panamanian parents. Independent Film Producer and Casting Director credited on projects which have screened at hundreds of US and International film festivals including: Sundance, BAM Cinemafest, Toronto, Brooklyn, Palm Springs, HBO Latino, Urban World, among others, and have aired on CBS, Lifetime, HBO, Showtime and Cinemax. Casting/producing highlights include: Feature Films “Advantageous” Sundance 2015 premier streaming on Netflix, Independent Spirit Award Nomination,”Lost Revolution” HBO Latino, “Zombie Honeymoon” a cult classic/Showtime. Short films: “Pop Foul”, “Crazy Beats Strong Every Time” & “The Bravest, The Boldest” by director Moon Molson and all official Sundance selections, TV: Lifted CBS, Season One of “Monsters Inside Me” for Animal Planet. Producer/Casting for feature in production: “Barrio Boy”, and NY casting director for feature in pre-production: “Love is Not Love”City. Director/Producer of feature length documentary in production “And..Seen” and cast the play “Brothers from the Bottom”, for Billie Holiday Theatre 2015 season. Was a SAG-AFTRA and Equity franchised talent agent on both coasts; Author of the acclaimed book “Ace Your Acting Audition, 2nd edition” published by S.O.M.E. productions; former faculty member of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and New York Film Academy. Currently instructor and private audition coach for the Performing Option and conducts workshops for the SAG/AFTRA Foundation and School of Visual Arts.
Lizbett Perez is the producing partner for I Ain’t Playin’ Films. She has worked on many independent productions with an emphasis on assistant directing, script development and line producing for documentaries, film and television. Her film credits include project development for Mariposa, an Asha Productions award winning documentary directed by Paul Barrera. She was associate producer for 21 and Big Dreams in Little Hope, two features directed by Erin Greenwell.
After her tenure as Production Manager at V-me, Lizbett has continued her media education by participating in producing and writing workshops. She also continues to work on independent projects such as My Best Day, Erin Greenwell’s third feature (Sundance 2012 Official Selection) and produced the short film: Can’t Dance with Director & Writer Richard Uhlig. She is the writer and producer for Act Your Age, currently in development with I Ain’t Playin’ Films. In addition, Lizbett was invited to participate as a Fellow in NALIP’s 2011 Writers Lab and NALIP’s Producers Academy with her script of Act Your Age. Her short script, Gorilla was a finalist in the 2011 Roy L. Dean NYC Grant.