SANAA HAMRI began her career directing music videos after graduating from Sarah Lawrence College in New York. She originally hails from Morocco where her father was a painter and author and her American mother was a teacher.
She has directed several popular television series shows and is an Executive Producer on the hit series Empire.
AMI CANAAN MANN is the daughter of Michael Mann (the director who made a point of seeking out a woman director to work on his television series Miami Vice and hired Jan Eliasberg to help put the action on the screen). She grew up in Indiana with her mom but has succeeded int he world of Hollywood directing television and making feature films.
Mann began as a writer, writing for TV shows such as NYPD Blue. Her film Jackie & Ryan screened at the Venice Film Festival in 2014.
MARION LPISCHUTZ and ROSE ROSENBLATT are documentarians who teamed up to create Incite Pictures and make movies.
They are known for documentaries about social issues and with strong central characters such as The Education of Shelby Knox (2005) about a young woman who fights for sex education and gay rights in Lubbock, Texas.
MARIETTE MONPIERRE began her career producing commercials in NYC. She hails from the Carribean where she located and filmed her feature Elza (2011).
Her directorial debut was part of Paris la métisse, a group of shorts.
DENNIE GORDON graduated from Yale’s School of Drama in Directing to working in film and television and has directed over forty episodes of television as well as feature film What a Girl Wants (2003) and New York Minute (2004).
She was the first American woman to direct in China with her feature My Lucky Star (2013) which she shot in Hong Kong.
JERUSHA HESS wrote the cult film Napoleon Dynamite (2004) directed by her husband Jared Hess who she met while studying film at Brigham Young University.
She went on to direct the film Austenland (2013) based on the novel by Shannon Hale about the world of Jane Austen fans.
ANNA ROSE HOLMER pitched her movie The Fits (2015) in Venice before it premiered at Sundance in 2015.
She studied film at NYU as an undergraduate and went on to work as a Cinematographer before directing her first film.
CYNTHIA MORT wrote and produced for television sitcoms including Roseanne and Will and Grace before making her directorial debut with Nina (2016), a screenplay she wrote about Nina Simone.
Unfortunately that production was plagued with problems, including a lawsuit filed by Mort against the producers who she felt hijacked the production which took 11 years to get made.
NICOLE CONN’s film A Perfect Ending (2012) is currently the best selling lesbian themed movie of all time.
Conn has done both narrative fiction and documentary films which includes Little Man (2005), a documentary about her experiences having a son born 100 days premature.
DEBORAH KAPLAN writes regularly with her creative partner Harry Elfton who she met while a student at NYU. Her directorial debut Can’t Hardly Wait (1998) starred Jennifer Love Hewitt and was made with Elfont.
They have gone on to work on other projects together including Josie and the Pussycats (2001) and worked on a script of the famous book “Men are from Mars. Women are From Venus.” which has yet to be made.