A single mother in 1970's San Francisco discovers the systematic barriers associated with her unmarried status.




The 1970's were a defining decade for women. It was a time when women couldn't own credit lines on their own, effectively barring them from owning businesses and homes: cutting them off from independence. Maternity leave wasn't common practice yet and prior to 1978, it was still acceptable to lay a woman off for becoming pregnant. Coupled with severe wage inequality these were all seemingly insurmountable barriers that affected all women, but single mothers in particular. 

I find this era fascinating not only because my own mother lived through it, but because of how much it reflects our fight for equality today. In 2016, women are still making due with seventy-five cents to the dollar. Women of color are still making due with fifty. These gaps not only hurt the women but also the children who depend on them.

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I am a strong believer that representation breeds understanding and understanding breeds change. In With Children, we hope to represent the very true, very raw human story of a mother fighting to give her child a good life despite every boundary placed in front of her. In playing my mother, I hope that I am able to give light to the sacrifice that those boundaries force both women and their children to make.




Art Meets Tech | Silicon Valley, CA

April 13, 2017 | 7:00pm-10:00pm


Cinequest 2017 | San José, CA


















Lissette Feliciano is a writer, director, actor from San Francisco and a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Her directing, acting work includes the festival shorts WITH CHILDREN (Cinequest '17), BETTER OFF ALONE (SJSFF '13, DamShortFilmFest '13), HERE ('11) and the feature film CANDID CARMEN & CO ('17). BETTER OFF ALONE was made for a grand total of $20 and went on to receive nationwide distribution. She is the twice recipient of the Kodak Young Leaders Award and a member of the Alliance of Women Directors.  She is the founder of Alohomora Pictures, a film finance and production co. aimed at social impact narratives and stories that highlight minority women. 


Gabriel Sloyer has worked on and off Broadway, but is recently known for appearing on the TV shows Power, Limitless, The Blacklist and Jessica Jones. His film credits include Breaking Brooklyn, Stealing Chanel, Straight Outta’ Tompkins and the upcoming Brawl in Cell Block 99. He is a character in the video game Grand Theft Auto V and will be appearing in season 3 of Narcos on Netflix.  Find out more at: www.gabrielsloyer.com


Born in Berkeley, CA (and yes she makes a mean batch of granola) Safiya became interested in acting at the Young Actors Workshop in Richmond, CA. After moving to the big apple she made her NY stage debut as Ernestine Crump in an Off-Off B'way production of Lynn Nottages Crumbs from the Table of Joy. While in NYC she also toured with Irving St. Rep in Smokey Joe's Cafe and Sophisticated Ladies. Find out more at: http://safiyafredericks.com/


In 2008, after 20 years in theater and stand-up comedy, Ross made an unexpected leap to film when Grateful Dead film director Len Dell'Amico saw him sharing the stage with the late Robin Williams. The result was a starring role in Dell'Amico's indie feature "Welcome to Dopeland" (2010). Since then, Ross has completed 18 features plus many award-winning shorts with screenings at Cannes, SXSW, Tribeca, Sundance, Cinequest, and the San Francisco International Film Festival. 


Isabelle Ellingson is an actress, known for Birthday Psalm (2011), Bad Faith (2015) and With Children (2017).

RAMON BUSTOS | "Real estate agent"

Ramon Bustos has appeared in several San Francisco Bay Area television and film projects including the television series I (Almost) Got Away With It, Cuff Me If You Can, Trauma, Silicon Valley, Looking and independent feature films Mismo, Amaru and Stand Alone.  He has also had lead roles on stage in Boxcar and The Migrant Farmworker's Son.  He also loves working with Liss!


Miyoko Sakatani is an actor/singer who has performed on Bay Area stages over the last 10 years. She is also currently appearing in the highly acclaimed award winning feature film “East Side Sushi,” and will be appearing in “A Hundred Blocks,” a feature film premiering this year.  Miyoko is also a member of Stagebridge's touring musical-comedy troupe, and a Bay Area ukulele band, who perform regularly for residential care facilities.


LISSETTE FELICIANO | Writer / Director / Executive Producer



FARHAD AHMED DEHLVI | Cinematographer

Farhad was born and raised in New Delhi, India. A photography class at school introduced him to the magical world of telling stories with images. In 2012, he moved to Los Angeles as a Cinematography fellow at the American Film Institute, is currently a Fellow at Film Independent’s 'Project Involve', and now lives and works in LA. He has served as Director of Photography on a number of short and feature films including ‘PRISM’, ‘RENE’, ‘THE WILD, THE CHILD, AND THE MIRACLE’ & ‘THE LAST MARBLE’.

JESSIE CAGLIERO | Production Designer

Born and raised in California, Jessie is a production designer and and art director living in Oakland. Her love of production design began at San Francisco State University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in cinema production. She has a passion for translating character identities through setting and props to create a new world. You can catch her work on numerous films including the feature PREP SCHOOL and festival shorts STRAYS, BUCKO AND JUNIOR, CRIMSON’S KISS.


Cecilia Delgado is a Brooklyn-based editor and assistant director. As an editor, her work has screened at several festivals, including Sundance, SXSW, and BAMCinemafest. As an AD, her resume includes feature films (HOLLIDAYSBURG, 5 DOCTORS, UNTITLED LAKE LUCILLE PROJECT) independent TV series (LIFE SUCKS), as well as numerous short films and commercials. Cecilia is Brazilian/ Venezuelan and is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. 

BROOKS ROBERTSON | Associate Producer

Brooks Robertson holds a BA in Business Economics from UC Santa Cruz, and an MBA from Georgetown University. His professional career has been mostly in telecommunications and the legal industry, with some stops in e-commerce and high tech along the way. An avid sports fan, Brooks enjoys playing softball and hockey and is always happy to take in a game of baseball, football, or basketball with a friend. Born and raised in the Bay Area, Brooks currently resides in San Francisco. 

VALERIE O'RIORDAN | Associate Producer

Valerie O’Riordan is in her 17th year as the first female Drama Director at San Francisco's Archbishop Riordan High School. Subsequent to receiving her B.A. in Theatre/Performance from CSULB she moved to S.F. to attend the American Conservatory Theatre, where she received her MFA and joined Actor's Equity Association.  Valerie began teaching acting in 1986, while continuing her work as an actor, director, producer and freehand theatre publicist.