Director / Writer / Producer / Actress Victoria Negri is a quadruple threat force of nature. We caught up with her surrounding the debut of her first time directorial feature release, 'Gold Star' with Oscar nominee Robert Vaughn, to discuss marathon running, transforming one's pain into art, and her unique upbringing as the child of a father 60 years her senior. Join us for this open, vulnerable, and deep-well discussion on dying, living, and & all the messy in between.
Olivia Newman *
Writer / Director Olivia Newman's longstanding passion for writing and acting paved the way for her successful launch into filmmaking. Raised in Hoboken, NJ by openminded, politically active, musically minded parents that met in the PeaceCorp, her childhood was shaped by performing in the school plays of the school her mother founded and spearheaded & by a year abroad in France her junior year in H.S. A crisis of identity in college led to a discovery of French Cinema & an eventual launch...
Yessica Curiel Montoya
Cinematographer & Gaffer Yessica Curiel Montoya has been bucking the norm all her life. Born in a small town in Mexico to working professionals that always encouraged her independent spirit, she set off for a film career in college and never looked back. She continued her studies in New York City and stayed on an artist's Visa that quickly led to regular gigs in the city. Often the only woman in her department & sometimes the only one on set, she was very candid with us about her...
Director Elizabeth Nichols splits her time between quicksilver NYC and the slow savannah of Arusha, Tanzania in Africa. She collaborates on films with her Maasai students that are part narrative / part documentary & she also makes movies in New York City. Raised in Princeton, NJ in an artist / architect household where projects were king, she quickly developed a questioning & independent spirit. A child photographer, she tried her hand at theater post undergrad before finally settling into...
New England born Virtual Reality Director Annie Lukowski might have been a banker or a professor of Theology if she hadn't made the impractical-in-her-parent's-eyes-leap to Hollywood & start hitting it out of the park from the very beginning. Her first gig was as an intern on the five time Oscar nominated Todd Field film In The Bedroom. From there she landed an Art Department position on a George Miller developed production of Wonder Woman that never came to be. No matter, because she soon...
TV Writer & Actress Grace Nkenge Edwards knows funny. Born in Guyana, South America to a linguistics professor & an accountant that immigrated to Michigan when she was a toddler, she started acting & creating stories from a young age. After pursuing an acting career in NYC post college, she found her way into writing, eventually becoming a writer assistant on INSIDE AMY SCHUMER (as well as being a contributing writer and actress in some sketches), a writer assistant for BROAD CITY, a...
Bette Gordon is a legend. A critically acclaimed Director & a contemporary of Jim Jarmusch, she's been making films in NYC since the late 70's. Join us for this musically inspired talk about art house cinema in New York & Germany, French New Wave inspirations, how she got her complex & nuanced indie films Variety & Handsome Harry with Steve Buscemi made, & the haunting inspiration behind her glorious new feature, The Drowning.
Writer / Producer / Director Tamara Federici is one funny lady. Join us for a delightful conversation that weaves us through her North Carolina performance based childhood, her Chicago training with improv gurus Del Close at iO & Mick Napier at the Annoyance, how she infiltrated the comedy boys clubs of Comedy Central, writing and / or producing on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Chappelle's Show, & Demetri Martin in New York City, and how all that work for others has expanded into...
All around nice gal & TV writer Grainne Godfree who's currently a writer for LEGENDS OF TOMORROW and THE FLASH shares her thoughts on breaking into TV writing and being a working female writer. Learn about how a dreamy California childhood of books, athletics, & Westerns with her father led to a DC Comics dream job. Tune in for this informative chat & learn how YOU can land in the Writer's Room too.
Sarah E. Mason
Producer Sarah E. Mason is a woman of the world. Born in South Africa, raised in Northern Ireland, educated in Canada and England, and with stints in Colombia & Russia before living in Abu Dhabi and now Los Angeles, she is committed to bringing strong & truthful stories about the Middle East to Hollywood. Join us for this valuable & insightful discussion on her experience of being a non-Muslim white woman working in the Middle East, her desire for a more truthful portrayal of the Muslim...
In our inaugural episode, Michelle Kantor, founder of Cinefemme, discusses her storied upbringing in Colorado raised by Communist defector parents from Czechoslovakia, motherhood, epilepsy, what it takes to run a successful non-profit, and filmmaking with an activist heart.