2019-2020 WIFV BOARD OF DIRECTORS

WIFV has an all-volunteer board that is elected by the membership. This board is responsible for guiding the organization during the fiscal year, which runs from July 1 through June 30.  WIFV Professional, Executive and Corporate  Members are eligible to serve on the Board.  Board terms are two years and each board member has the option to run for three consecutive terms. The board is responsible for the basic operations, programming, benefits, fundraising and other key areas that support the organization.

Executive Committee

PRESIDENT / CO-CHAIR, KIDS WORLD FILM FESTIVAL

ROBIN NOONAN-PRICE earned her M.A. in Film and Video Production from The American University. After grad school, Robin moved to Georgia where she worked in television sales, traffic and production. She then became a commercial copy writer. Once, in a pinch she had to play the role of a gypsy medium in one of her commercials. That experience made her realize she is better suited to be behind the camera!  In 1994, while juggling motherhood with three young daughters at home, Robin started her own production company. In 1999, she began freelancing for Fairfax County Public Schools and in 2000; she was offered a full-time producer position, where she has been working ever since.  Robin’s primary role at FCPS has been producing MEET THE AUTHOR. This 30-minute live-streamed studio program provides students from around the country and internationally, with direct access to guest authors, through Skype, email and phone. Robin is a four-time Emmy Award Nominee as producer of MEET THE AUTHOR, a five-time Telly Award winner and has earned three TIVA-DC Peer Awards.

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

PAIGE GOLD is an attorney/MBA with broad knowledge of local and national entertainment production gleaned from years of experience in Los Angeles television and movie production, followed by a decade practicing Los Angeles entertainment law.  Raised in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, Paige moved to Los Angeles in 1990, where she began as a production assistant and script supervisor, then transitioned into script development and production, including two years with ABC’s Television-Movie Department.  After leaving ABC, Paige earned her JD degree and an LLM degree in entertainment and media law from Los Angeles’ Southwestern Law School. A member of the California and Washington, DC bars, Paige has assisted dozens of filmmakers, screenwriters and entertainment-related businesses with their film and video projects. She also serves as legal counsel to a number of non-profit organizations.

TREASURER / CO-CHAIR, KIDS WORLD FILM FESTIVAL

JULIE ALLEN has been in the production industry for nearly 30 years, starting out in Atlanta at CNN in 1990. Her productions range from news, corporate events, to commercials & PSAs, to corporate and educational video to just about anything else a client can ask for. She currently owns her own production company, Firedrake Production, specializing in educational and non-profit media. While previously on the WIFV board, she served as VP of Programming and was an active member of the Women of Vision Award ceremonies. She has been an Executive Member for the last 6 years.

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT / ADVISORY COMMITTEE LIAISON

CARLETTA S. HURT is an award-winning producer at IKAM Productions, passionate educator, fierce youth advocate and dynamic leader. Film credits include JACKIE (NYU award-winning student film), REMEMBER THE TITANS, DRUMLINE, THE FIGHTING TEMPTATIONS, and HIS/HER STORY (starring Jessica Care Moore). She also produces theater and has worked with some of Hollywood’s leading ladies like Jane Fonda, Eve Ensler, Pearl Cleage, and Jasmine Guy.  A graduate of Oglethorpe University and Georgia State University, Carletta is dedicated to creating a space for new, unique voices to be heard and a platform to showcase rising talent that deserve a chance. She is currently an educator in the DC Public Charter School community and runs the broadcast media program.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

MEMBER AT LARGE

SARA BARGER is a a documentary filmmaker and film professor.  I have worked in the TV/film industry in DC since 2001, amassing a very diverse portfolio.  I have worked with federal agencies, Discovery Channel, non-profits, think tanks, NGOs, and production companies, including Interface, Atlantic Media and Henninger.  I’ve had the privilege of filming all over the world, creating content for USAID and the State Department.  I have a broad background in non-fiction filmmaking, as well as great relationships with many DC institutions and filmmakers.  I’m also participating in this year’s Docs in Progress Fellowship program for my short film Buying Time, about a little girl with brain cancer who is illegally obtaining cannabis products to treat her pain and seizures. I recently finished a short film, The Southern Ladies, which recently premiered at the Pittsburgh Queer Underground Film Festival.

MEMBER AT LARGE

JOHN BENEDETTO (“Detto”) moved to Washington, DC to attend American University’s MA program in Film and Video. After graduating with a concentration in Screenwriting, Detto totally expected to end up in NYC or LA in a few short years. Instead, over a decade later, he finds himself fully immersed in the DC media world as a writer, director and editor. He has written for Capital Arts Entertainment, the FBI, and HGTV, has completed six spec screenplays and is currently putting the finishing touches on his first novel. On the post production side, Detto has edited five feature length films and is an award-winning VFX artist, and edited six different true crime reality TV series for networks such as ID, TVOne, and LMN. Looking to expand his resume, Detto co-founded XIII Stories Media, a production company dedicated to developing quality narrative and documentary productions in the DMV area. XIII Stories most recent project, the horror short THE PHAGES which Detto co-wrote and co-directed, is currently being submitted to festivals across the world.

MEMBER AT LARGE

ERICKA BOSTON specialized in entertainment and lifestyle content for websites and magazines before shifting her focus to filmmaking. As a journalist she covered awards shows, movie premieres and more for a multicultural audience of more than 1 million. Celebrities who’ve found themselves on the other end of her digital recorder include Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith, Kerry Washington and Idris Elba. Boston directs, produces and writes narrative films. Most recently she produced “In the Age of Monsters.” Boston began her career with award-winning websites like Washingtonpost.com and Firehouse.com. She spent more than a decade at Sister 2 Sister magazine, a national newsstand publication aimed at African-American women, where she was nominated and admitted to the American Society of Magazine Editors. She also received a Knight Digital Media Center News Entrepreneur fellowship and a fellowship from the Journalism Center for Children and Families. Boston earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism and a graduate certificate in multimedia journalism, both from the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Boston volunteers for the Annapolis Film Festival and DC Shorts, and she’s the founding organizer for the famed BlackList’s DC-based happy hour for screenwriters.

MEMBER AT LARGE

DYLAN COMSTOCK is a producer and writer for Video/Action, a woman-led non-profit production company which elevates the voices of those often unheard. He recently received three Gold Omni awards for his work in the 2018 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week media series for the USDOJ’s Office for Victims of Crime as well as a 2018 Gold Telly for Government Relations for Non-Broadcast and a 2018 Bronze Telly for Social Issues for Non-Broadcast.  This work is reflective of his passion for social justice and prompted him to become a nationally credentialed victim advocate (NACP). As a queer, male survivor-advocate, Dylan often finds himself communicating across social divides and, as such, has an ability to connect with people of all different backgrounds. In 2010, he took a position as a photographer/videographer, field producer, and sales executive for Metro Weekly, the District’s LGBTQ newsmagazine. Dylan’s empathetic capacity and interest in storytelling are backed by a degree in psychology and philosophy (BA), which he earned with high distinction from the University of Virginia in 2008. Previously, Dylan worked in Los Angeles with Clive Barker’s Seraphim Films, MTV Films at Paramount, and the Los Angeles Film Festival.

MEMBER AT LARGE

DANA FLOR is a documentary director and producer. Her last film CHECK IT, about a black gay gang in DC premiered at Tribeca . The film is executive produced by Steve Buscemi and Stanley Tucci and is currently being adapted for a television series. She also co-directed and produced THE NINE LIVES OF MARION BARRY that appeared on HBO. A fictional feature film based on that film is being made and Flor is working as a consultant with Spike Lee. Flor wrote and directed the Emmy award-winning documentary LATINOS IN BEISBOL and the Emmy-nominated documentary CESAR CHAVEZ for NBC. She also works on a wide- range of stories for Reuters Television, CNN, BBC, National Geographic, and others – covering breaking news throughout Latin America and around the world. Flor is a recipient of a Tribeca Film Institute Documentary Fund Grant, three DC Arts and Humanities Artist Fellowships, a Pare Lorenz Fund Grant and an AFI Docs/NBC Universal Impact Grant. She also won an Influence Film Award from the Tribeca Documentary Fund.

MEMBER AT LARGE

GIUSEPPE LUCARELLI has worked in various capacities on large and small productions, and in large-scale Risk Control for the top insurance carriers. With an MBA, Master’s in Industrial & Labor Relations, more than 12 years of experience in production, and more than a decade in Risk Control, he is a driven, successful professional who specializes in organizational optimization and professional development. Giuseppe currently runs his own business, Mountain Wind Productions, through which he offers Risk Management consultation services in production and produces feature films.

MEMBER AT LARGE

EMMA MANKEY HIDEM knew from a very young age that she wanted to make media, even attending a media arts program at a magnet high school. She went on to attend NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts as a National Merit Scholar. In a career spanning more than a decade of non-fiction media production since then, she has worked with practically every type of non-fiction media in existence, from feature-length documentaries to news to corporate to interactive exhibits for museums, which is where she learned of her newest passion, virtual reality. She began shooting 360° video in 2013, before VR was even really on the consumer horizon and immediately saw the potential of this new medium.  In 2015, Emma launched SunnysideVR, a 360° video production company specializing in virtual reality content for platforms as simple as social media up to high end headset experiences. Since then she has worked with brands such as Mercedes, Estee Lauder, and Twitter.

MEMBER AT LARGE

LAUREN MENKES is a seasoned transactional entertainment attorney with over 25 years experience spanning all aspects of the television, literary, and motion picture industries. Her current roster of clients includes authors, screenwriters, speakers, journalists, directors, producers, actors/reality talent, models, business executives, graphic designers, literary agents and more. Lauren diligently guides her clients in connection with all aspects of the entertainment industry and in the protection of their intellectual property and brand status. As Senior Counsel at Boyarski Fritz, she is working with the firm’s top clients on major precedent setting theatrical and television transactions. She handled the television contracts for ONE VOICE: SOMOS LIVE! A CONCERT FOR DISASTER RELIEF which raised more than 35 million dollars for victims of the natural disasters in Texas, Florida, the Caribbean, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Lauren is an active member of the New York and Maryland Bars and an inactive member of the California and District of Columbia Bars. Lauren graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. degree from Duke University and received her J.D. degree from Emory University School of Law. In addition to being a Board Member of Women in Film & Video, Lauren participates in several other charitable activities. She does pro bono legal work for Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and is a volunteer docent at Hillwood Mansion in Washington DC.

MEMBER AT LARGE

FRAN MURPHY is an independent producer and owner of MurphyWorks. Over the years she has worked for Channel One, The Pentagon Channel, LifeTime TV, PBS, and the Discovery Health Channel. Her commercial clients include Oster, HealthOMeter, Terrastar, EarthBound Farms and Soy Revival. Among her recent projects is a series of documentaries on Black History for Tribune TV. Her documentary about Hattie McDaniel’s Oscar won a Gracie Award. Four of her other documentaries about Washington’s Black History have won an Excellence in Documentary Award from the National Association of Black Journalists.Ms. Murphy is the winner of eight Emmys, four for documentaries, one for public affairs, and three for entertainment programming. She also won the AP Chesapeake Award for Outstanding News Feature in 2004. For more than 20 years Murphy served as the Awards Chair for the local Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She also was elected to two terms as Chapter President from 2004 to 2008.

MEMBER AT LARGE

CATHIE SAADEH is a Maryland-based entertainment attorney who provides legal advice to filmmakers, musicians, writers, and other creatives on a range of contract, intellectual property, and business law matters through her firm, Saadeh P.C. From 2009 to 2018, Cathie served as General Counsel of a financial technology and consulting company. Cathie currently volunteers with the Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts. Additionally, she is a member of the Association of Media & Entertainment Counsel and the Hollywood Radio & Television Society. Cathie graduated from Harvard Law School and The George Washington University. She is currently working on her first film, FROG AND SOUL, a documentary short on farriers.

MEMBER AT LARGE

HILLARY SHEA graduated from James Madison University with a degree in Media Art & Design with a concentration in Digital Video & Cinema in May of 2013. For her college capstone, Hillary wrote and directed her short film, SNAP about a police officer who attempts to find his kid brother, and realizes that life can change in an instant. While in college, Hillary became a member of WIFV through the spring job fair. After graduating, she interned at RHED Pixel as an assistant producer and was brought on full-time in October of 2013. At RHED Pixel, Hillary helps produce lynda.com courses and Pearson LiveLessons, as well as internal videos for Children’s National Medical Center and other Washington DC-based organizations. As a member of WIFV, Hillary is most involved with the screenwriting workshops and ScriptDC.

MEMBER AT LARGE

KIMBERLY SKYRME is a Casting Director, Producer, Writer, Director, in short, a Story Teller!  She recently completed directing WARD 8 and THE DOMESTICATORS, “proof of concept” pieces for series in development. Casting and producing BENNIE’S starring Emmy Award-winning Ed Asner, Oscar-nominated Cathy Moriarty with Joe Esteves and Tonye Patano, as well as Casting the STARZ series THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE.  Casting collaborations include: HOUSE OF CARDS, UNSOLVED MYSTERIES, DEEP IMPACT, HEARTS IN ATLANTIS, BELOVED, THE PELICAN BRIEF, TRUE LIES, and numerous independent film projects. Selected commercials include: Enfamil, McCormick, The Washington Post, UMD-UC, Bud Light. Government: USDA, FBI and DNI.  Kimberly is producing and casting THE HIVE, a psychological thriller by Paul Lingas, and ONE LUCKY MOON, a musical comedy by Peter Bogdanovich.  As the casting director and producer of the feature film TRI, she screened at The Directors Guild of America in New York City. The film continues to screen nationally and internationally in cities that host Triathlons.  Kimberly is a member of CSA and is the immediate past chair of WIFTI. Additionally, she is a founding member of WIFA, TIVA and the TIVA Peer Awards. Kimberly frequently lectures about casting and film production, is an alumna of UP WITH PEOPLE, philanthropic work, Chesapeake Film Festival, AEMS, NYJL. JLW, and the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts-WDC.

MEMBER AT LARGE

RICHARD VOLIN is an attorney and a filmmaker.  He is currently the principal at Volin Employment Law, PLLC, where he helps employees navigate disputes with employers, and counsels small businesses as to their employment litigation, contracts and strategies.  Rich assists WIFV in gathering resources and crafting statements relating to employment law issues, such as sexual discrimination in the workplace and age discrimination in hiring.  Rich also works with creatives, like filmmakers and musicians, who need help with litigation, or with forming and growing their businesses.  Rich has produced and edited award-winning narrative projects, from short films and web series, to a feature film.  From 2009-2014, he was a digital filmmaking instructor at the Georgetown campus of Boston University’s Center for Digital Imaging Arts.  Rich received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan, and a Juris Doctor from The George Washington University Law School.

MEMBER AT LARGE

MONDA WEBB is a storyteller. She is DNA-purposed to gather the whispers of those long gone and tell their stories through books and film. Born during the Civil Rights and Vietnam War era heat of 1968, Monda has absorbed the fire, the rage, the love, the frustration, the urgency of the period, and has become obsessed with – truth. Monda worked as press advance secretary for the first female Mayor of Washington, DC, Sharon Pratt. Following Pratt’s victory, Monda worked at the Office of Cable TV in all aspects of production and won awards for features she produced from the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA). She has written four books, written and directed two short films that address humanity head on. Monda has won several national and international awards for her first short, ZOO (Volkerschau), a narrative short on the last known human zoo.She has recently stepped out of corporate America to pursue storytelling full-time.

WIFV STAFF
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Executive Director
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Membership/Programming Coordinator
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