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Queens World Film Festival
New York Women in Film and Television
How Does She Do It?
A ‘Meet the Professional’ Event
Come sit with our guests in small groups for interactive conversations about
career paths, creative choices, and your plans for the future.
Bring your questions!
This is an afternoon sure to empower all of us.
Sunday, October 14
Museum of the Moving Image
36-01 35th Ave, Astoria, NY 11106
3pm – 5pm
PLEASE RSVP HERE
Easmanie has worked continuously in the film and television industry since 2004. She’s currently the Finance and Special Projects Associates at New York Women in Film & Television(NYWIFT). Her responsibilities at NYWIFT includes curating the Women Filmmakers: Immigrant Stories Series and she also runs the Fiscal Sponsorship Program. Michel work on films include Transporter, Hoot and Miami Vice. Television projects include Miami Ink and Burn Notice. Michel has produced and directed several short films and she is working on her debut feature film titled Caroline's Wedding. Her script for Caroline's Wedding was a finalist for the New York University Fusion Film Festival and it was also one of the scripts selected to participate in the Women at Sundance Financing and Strategy Intensive in 2016. In February of 2018 the script was the Grand Prize Winner of the American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest. Michel has a Master's Degree in Cinema Studies from New York University.
Christina Raia is a New York City based Writer/Director, the Founder of CongestedCat Productions, and the Head of Education & Outreach at Seed&Spark. She was named one of the 10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2018 by Independent Magazine. Her work, a collection of short films, a web series, and a feature film, has gained a large online following through multiple crowdfunding campaigns. She's currently on the festival circuit with her second feature film, an inclusive, ensemble comedy titled About a Donkey. Her projects and approach as a filmmaker have been covered by various press outlets, such as Indiewire, BuzzFeed, and AfterEllen and she is a Queens World Film Festival alum, screening with us multiple times: Juice It, We had Plans, Two Gays and a Girl, and Enough. www.christinaraia.com
Tracey Anarella produced, directed, shot and edited her first film, Jesse and The Fountain of Youth in 2013 which went on to screen at dozens of festivals and winning several Best Short and Best Short Document laurels including Best Short Documentary at the 2014 Austin Indie Flix Showcase. Her film Brooklyn United won a Platinum Remi Award for Ethnic and Cultural Documentary at the 2015 Houston World Fest Film Festival and tells the story of the young people at the core of the Brooklyn United Marching Band. Tracey's feature documentary, Not Black Enough, takes a personal look at a seldom explored phenomenon in America’s black communities: The ostracizing of blacks by other blacks for being ‘Not Black Enough’. Whimsical vignettes serve as counterpoint to the serious tone in the various interviews, including actress Vanessa Williams, Rap Artist Petey Pablo and Professor Henry Louis Gates of Harvard. The film won Best Documentary at the World of Women in Cinema Dubai, The MMBF Rising Star Award at the Laughlin international Film Festival and screened at multiple other festival including the Queens World Film Festival. Tracey is currently completing two new feature documentaries. www.traceyanarella.com
Ellie Foumbi was born in Cameroon and received her MFA in Directing from Columbia University's School of the Arts. Her award-winning short film, Zenith, was a Student Academy Awards Semifinalist and an African Movie Academy Award Nominee. She’s a screener for the narrative and documentary short sections at the Telluride Film Festival. Her films have screened at several international film festivals, including Sidewalk, BOGO Shorts, Champs-Élysées, and the Zanzibar International Film Festival. She was invited into the Artist Academy at the 2018 New York Film Festival. Her producing credits include the Student BAFTA Award Winner and Gold Student Academy Award-Winning short film, Nocturne in Black. She was awarded the Jesse Thompkins III Award in Screenwriting and her feature screenplay is a Semifinalist of the 2018 Austin Screenplay Competition. She’s the recipient of the IFP Marcie Bloom Fellowship and is a Film Independent Screenwriting Lab Fellow. She's planning her debut feature film, to be shot in the spring of 2019. Ellie has screened once at QWFF.
Tomoko Kawamoto has served as the Director of Public Information at the Museum of the Moving Image for more than 15 years. She is a native New Yorker who studied film and sociology at The University of Chicago and The University of Iowa in Iowa City. At both schools, she was deeply involved in the leadership of student-run film societies, which were integral to bringing foreign, independent, experimental films to campus. At the Museum, she is responsible for managing media outreach and promotional support, including social media, for all exhibitions and programs. Prior to the Museum, she worked at the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington, NY, as a programming and publicity manager.
CHRISTINE ARSINA VARTOUGHIAN
Christine Arsina Vartoughian is a first generation American writer and director. Her debut feature film about love and suicide, Living with the Dead: A Love Story, has been awarded the Audience Choice Award at the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival, Best First Film at LIIFE, and Best Feature Film at Aberdeen Film Festival in the U.K and screened in numerous other film festivals including the Queens World Film Festival. It is currently available on Amazon Prime VOD in the United States and internationally, with DVDs sold by Barnes & Noble, Target, and Best Buy. The film is the second to screen at QWFF, an earlier short Visions of Dylan Bradely screened with the festival in our maiden voyage in 2011. Christine holds a BA in Drama from SUNY Purchase College where she received the Wadsworth Award for directing Maria Irene Fornes’s The Conduct of Life and was a Presidential Fellow while receiving her MFA in Film and Television from Savannah College of Art and Design. Christine is a member of Lincoln Center Theater Director's Lab and of the female filmmakers collectives, The FilmmakeHers and The Film Fatales. She is currently working on her next feature film about teen runaways, Young Monsters.
With a B.A. in Journalism from South Carolina State University, Neicy participated in the BRIC Arts Media/ Brooklyn Free Speech program and the New York City Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting 2016 Made in NY Production Assistant program and became the quintessential Intern/Apprentice/Volunteer. She has parlayed every position into an introduction or recommendation for the next great opportunity. She sometimes worked 3 jobs at a time to keep the momentum and is now a member of the IATSE International Cinematographers Guild: Local 600 Union (Camera Assistant/Loader) with her first Netflix credit. Neicy has participated in QWFF as a Volunteer Festival Associate and on the Encore Screening Production Crew.
This program is made possible with support from the Museum of the Moving Image, Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer and DYCD.
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