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Sunday, June 16, 2019

6/17/19 - Stavroula Toska, an original content creator, writer, director, producer and actor, spoke with host Janeane Bernstein from our KUCI studios


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with featured guest Stavroula Toska

Stavroula Toska is an original content creator, writer, director, producer and actor based in New York City by way of Greece. Her debut feature documentary, Beneath the Olive Tree, was narrated and executive produced by Academy Award winner Olympia Dukakis. Based on journals found buried beneath an olive tree in Greece the film brings to light the stories of Greek women who were exiled in concentration camps during the Greek civil war with the support of the United States and Great Britain. Beneath the Olive Tree went on to receive multiple awards and recognition in the US and abroad. Toska's most recent project is the multi-award-winning scripted series, SWITCH. Based on her personal experiences as an undercover dominatrix, Toska takes viewers on a journey to the riveting world of BDSM from a deeply benevolent, unorthodox and cerebral POV by following Stella (based on Toska's real life character) and the main characters as they navigate leading a double life, the struggle for power, identity, ambition, love and family. SWITCH is a workplace drama exploring the many aspects of human nature, trauma and conditioning that most people never discuss openly, and follows in the steps of Brene Brown's work on vulnerability and Bessel Van Der Kolk's decades of research focusing on the brain, mind and body in the healing of trauma. 

SWITCH has been taking film festivals by storm winning a record 10 awards in less than 6 months:
- BEST STORY AWARD, Santa Fe Film Festival
- BEST SUSPENSE / ACTION AWARD, New York Women in Film and Television, Go Indie TV, Roku TV Film Festival
- OUTSTANDING ACTRESS AWARD for Stavroula Toska, New York Women in Film and Television , Go Indie TV, Roku TV Film Festival
- BEST PILOT AWARD and BEST NEW SERIES AWARD, Calcutta International Film Festival
- BEST PILOT AWARD and BEST NEW SERIES AWARD, Los Angeles Independent Film Festival
- BEST PILOT AWARD at the 2019 Best Shorts Film Festival
- BEST WEB SERIES AWARD at the Global Shorts Film Festival
- BEST PILOT and BEST WOMEN’S SHORT FILM, Crown Wood International Film Festival




As SWITCH is quickly finding an audience around the globe, Toska is working on a book about the many life lessons she learned while working as a dominatrix and looking to develop SWITCH into long form episodic.


Season 1 of the short form version of SWITCH is now available to watch exclusively on www.switchtheseries.com



Stavroula's other works as a producer and/or director include In The Vice, Pronoia, The Sounding, LIVIN' THE DREAM, Monsters, and The New Abolitionists, a feature documentary on human trafficking. She serves as a mentor for youth interested in filmmaking through the Reel Works Organization, she is on the board of directors at the Hellenic Film Society USA, and serves as the Events Director for the Film Fatales New York Chapter.

SWITCH will be screening at the Dances with Films Festival June 22, 2019.

WEST COAST Premiere

USA, 2018, HD, 24 min.
SCREENS: TV GRP 1, SAT. JUNE 22 @ 12PM

WRITER: Stavroula Toska
DIRS: Stavroula Toska, Cady McClain, Laurie Weltz, Katie Maguire
PRODS: Stavroula Toska, Katie Maguire
CAST: Stavroula Toska, Olympia Dukakis, Andrew Chmelko, Eleni Yiovas, India Ennenga, Cady McClain, Alicia Greene, Jon Lindstrom, Catherine Eaton, Catherine Chadwick, Julian Elfer

Based on the true life story of creator and lead actress Stavroula Toska, SWITCH follows Stella, an immigrant woman with a dark past who begins training as a professional dominatrix in New York City’s most exclusive BDSM Establishment while battling PTSD.

SWITCH takes viewers on a journey to the riveting world of BDSM, from a deeply benevolent, unorthodox and cerebral POV, by following Stella and the main characters as they navigate leading a double life, the struggle for power, identity, ambition, love and family. SWITCH is a work place drama, much like ER but in a dungeon.




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