KAREN MONCFRIEFF, after obtaining her B.S. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University (a much more academic and esoteric pursuit than many may realize – I know from having went to one of the few Performance Studies programs in existence myself), moved to Los Angeles to pursue her career in film.
Her feature directorial debut Blue Car (2002) was distributed by Miramax.
OLIVIA MORI is an accomplished costume designer who studied film at the Rhode Island School of Design before directing her first documentary feature Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me (2012).
They crowdfunded the production (which required licensing much music) through Kickstarter.
JULIA HALPERIN is a member of the Austin chapter of Film Fatales. She received her Bachelor’s from Hunter College in New York and her MFA from the University of Texas.
Halperin was nominated along with her collaborator Jason Cortlund for the “Breakthrough Directors” category at the Gotham Awards for their feature film debut Now, Forager (2012).
IVY MEEROPOL directed The Hill, a six part documentary series for the Sundance Channel about staffers in Congressman Wexler’s office.
Meeropol’s HBO documentary Heir to an Execution is about her search for the story of her grandparents Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.
LISA ADDARIO’s feature film Amateur Night (2016) was written with her husband Joe Syracuse based on his experiences driving around sex workers. They also co-wrote her directorial debut Lover Girl (1997)
Lover Girl premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.
KAREN BERNSTEIN has produced numerous documentaries including through the PBS program American Masters.
Her directing credits include a documentary about fimmaker Richard Linklater: Dream is Destiny. The film screened at Sundance and SXSW and is distributed by IFC Films and Hulu.
MOLLY BERNSTEIN’s directorial debut Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay is distributed by Kino Lorber and tells the story of the famous magician Ricky Jay. Before directing she had edited numerous feature and television documentaries.
Bernstein received her MFA from Columbia and formed her company Particle Productions to create “Museum Quality Films” from start to finish.
REBECCA RICHMAN COHEN studied law at Harvard and has directed documentaries on the subject. She founded her company Racing Horse Productions to tell stories about social justice.
Her film War Don Don (2010) was nominated for an Academy Award.
ALLY WALKER received her degree in biochemsitry from UC Santa Cruz and was preparing for medical school (similar to Dorothy Arzner) before moving into film and television. Most of her career has been dedicated to work in front of the camera as an actor but in 2005 she released her directorial debut, the documentary For Norman Wherever You Are inspired by her experience trying to navigate the social care system in Los Angeles in order to help a baby and his mother.
Her narrative feature film Sex, Death and Bowling (2015) premiered at the San Diego Film Festival and is distributed in the US by Monterey Media.
LANA WILSON’s feature directorial debut, which she directed with Martha Shane, After Tiller (2013) was part of the POV series and nominated for an Emmy in 2015.
Before directing After Tiller she was the film and dance curator for Performa, the New York biennial of new visual art performance. Her next film Last Call will tackle suicide in Japan.