DREW DENNY began her adult life as a documentary photographer traveling the world. She has gone on to make music and movies.
Her feature film The Most Fun I’ve Had with My Pants on (2012) was an AFI Official Selection, screened at the Mill Valley Film Festival along with other film festivals around the world.
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ELAINE MCMILLION SHELDON graduated with an MA from Emerson. Her first feature The Lincoln County Massacre (2011) is a documentary about police brutality in West Virginia.
She then went on to create an interactive documentary with The Hollow, a community portrait of over three hours of video/stories online. The documentary is also available on DVD.
JEN MCGOWAN’s feature film debut Kelly & Cal (2014) stars Juliette Lewis. She studied acting at NYU and got her MFA in film directing from USC.
McGowan was on Vulture’s list of 100 Women Directors Hollywood should hire. She created filmpowered.com, an online skill-sharing site for women in film & tv.
DORIS YEUNG’s debut feature film is the noir thriller Motherland (2009).
Yeung hails from San Francisco but currently makes films in Europe as well as the United States.
JEHANE NOUJAIM was nominated for an Academy Award for her documentary film The Square (2013).
Noujaim was born in Cairo and moved to Boston when she was only ten and studied visual arts and philosophy at Harvard.
ELISE SOLOMON has produced several indie feature films before her directorial debut Saving Face (2001).
Her documentary feature Los Wild Ones (2013) survived some controversy in the courts with the investor of the film making its way to SXSW and can be watched online.
JENA SERBU began her film career as a production designer and in the theatre, founding the non-profit company Uncut Productions to create work in multiple medias.
Her feature film Smartass (2015) is loosely based on her experiences as a teenager.
CHRISTINA KALLAS’ feature film 42 Seconds of Happiness (2016) was an immersive experience for the actors, rehearsed for a year and a half and shot in five days. It is now on the festival circuit and will be screened at the Orlando Film Festival this month. She has also been nominated for the Emerging Director Award of the New Filmmakers Forum at this year’s St. Louis International Film Festival.
Kallas teaches at both Columbia and The New School in New York City. She has written several books about the art of screenwriting and film.
DANA NACHMAN began her career as a journalist and worked on documentaries in the Bay Area for NBC.
Her first feature documentary Witch Hunt (2008) was narrated by Sean Penn and addresses inadequacies in the criminal justice system.
JENNIFER SIEBEL NEWSOM’s feature directorial debut Miss Representation (2011) tackled representations of women in the media.
Newsom has also worked as an actor in film and television and has a business degree from Stanford. Her second documentary The Mask You Live in (2015) looks at masculinity in American society.