Leadership

Women in Film & Video DCLeadership

The WIFV Board of Directors is responsible for developing programs, governing the organization, ensuring financial stability, and forming partnerships to benefit the membership.  We are grateful to these members who volunteer their time and expertise to benefit the organization and its members.

President

Sara Barger

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Sara Barger

Sara Barger is an award-winning filmmaker based in Washington, DC who specializes in short form documentaries. Her recent film, LITTLE BUT FIERCE, highlights one mother’s journey into the illegal drug market to buy her daughter medicine to treat a rare form of brain cancer, and was part of the Docs in Progress Fellowship Program. She has worked for the U.S. State Department and USAID, filming in developing countries including Iraq, Congo, India, China, Tibet, El Salvador and Honduras. Sara currently teaches filmmaking at American, George Washington and George Mason universities. She previously taught at Old Dominion University and worked for Discovery Channel, as well as developed the production departments for two national public policy think tanks. Sara holds an MA in Journalism from American University and an MFA in film from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Executive Vice President

Monda Raquel Webb

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Monda Raquel Webb

Monda Raquel Webb is a storyteller. She is DNA-purposed to gather the whispers of those long gone and tell their stories through books and film. Monda began her production career as a traffic coordinator for City Cable 16, a municipal channel in Washington, DC. She quickly climbed the ranks and as a producer, she won awards from the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) for Production in several different categories.

Monda, voted Filmmaker of the Year in 2020 by the National Black Movie Association, established Little Known Stories Production Company, LLC as the production arm of Monda Media. 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) (2015), a narrative short on the last known human zoo. POOCH SITTER (2019) is also playing festivals and winning awards and donated $1,600 to non-profit organizations focused on homelessness, women, and children. Collectively, both films have played 40+ festivals and won 20+ awards.

Storytelling is the heartbeat through which Monda navigates her life. She serves regularly as a film festival juror and is a juror for the NAACP Image Awards and for the NAACP ACT-SO Competition, in the category of Poetry and Film. She judges a youth competition for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Monda curates a monthly discussion series entitled, The Healing Chronicles: Reframing Race Relations in America. The idea being to mitigate racism by deep diving into history, drawing parallels to the present, and to come up with viable solutions as to where we go from here. Monda serves as Executive Vice President for Women in Film and Video, Washington, DC and is the Programming Coordinator and Board Member of the Chesapeake Film Festival. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Gamma Xi Phi, a Fraternity for the Arts.

Treasurer

Dylan Graves Comstock
Mentorship Chair
Dylan Graves Comstock

Dylan Graves Comstock is the creative director of Holaday Graves Media, LLC, a DC-based multimedia production company specializing in short form, docu-style, issue-based video production for educators, government entities, non-profits, and social justice organizations. Most recently, Dylan received a 2019 Silver Davey Award in the category of Education for THE SCHOOL-TO-PRISON PIPELINEL: A Holistic Perspective, one of nine videos in a series he produced for the National Education Association and American Federation for Teachers. His passion for video advocacy was cultivated working as a producer and writer for Video/Action, a woman-led non-profit production company which elevates the voices of those often unheard. In addressing a diversity of causes and populations, Dylan enjoys leveraging his experience in wide range of production environments to unite folks around causes. In 2010, he took a position as a content 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 (B.A.), 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. Accolades: Gold Telly Award – Government Relations, 2018 3 Gold Omni Awards – Government, 2018 Bronze Telly Award – Social Issues, 2018 Silver Telly Award – Social Responsibility, 2019 Bronze Telly Award – Government Relations, 2019 Silver Davey Award – Education, 2019

Secretary

Sonya Dunn
Sonya Dunn

Sonya Dunn is a transmedia storyteller. She has more than 20 years of experience in different media formats and content creation. Currently, Dunn is the creator, host and executive producer of two radio shows that air in Washington, DC market – MilitaryHomeLife Talk Radio and The Sonya Dunn Show on 96.3 FM HD4. In 2019, Dunn was granted the opportunity to begin a transmedia project centered on Washington, DC’s Sister Cities.  As an award-winning media executive and creative entrepreneur, Dunn specializes in creating various types of media content, digital platform creation, and integration for interactive user experiences. Her directorial debut screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013. She holds an M.A. in Producing Film, Video and Digital Media, and an M.B.A. with an emphasis on Media Management and Technology., and M.A. in Contracts and Acquisition Management.  Sonya serves as the WIFV Liaison with Women in Film and Television International (WIFTI).

Immediate Past President / Advisory Committee Liason

Cathie Saadeh
Cathie Saadeh

Cathie Saadeh is an entertainment attorney providing business, production, and intellectual property legal advice to producers, filmmakers, writers, and creative businesses through her law firm, Saadeh P.C., which she founded in 2018. Prior to opening her firm, she served as General Counsel of ACA Compliance Group, a global financial technology and consulting company, for nearly nine years. She also worked as an attorney at two national law firms and a federal government agency. In addition to her legal career, Cathie worked as a journalist in Washington, D.C. for seven years. She is a frequent speaker on entertainment industry legal issues, and teaches a class on entrepreneurship for media professionals at American University’s School of Communication. Cathie graduated from Harvard Law School and The George Washington University and is admitted to practice law in California, the District of Columbia, Maryland, and New York.

Members at Large

John Aaron
John Aaron

John Aaron is a CPA/MBA who spent a career in public practice and commercial real estate. His current focus is writing, animating, and narrating explainer videos on a range of business topics. He also created a series of Lincoln Project-style videos in 2020 and has a gun control “video op-ed” documentary in post-production.  His most recent non-profit experience was serving on the board of the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center, and as a consultant to the US Veterans Arts Alliance in Los Angeles.  He has been very active in WIFV, having served on the Website Committee, as a regular program attendee, by posting tax and business articles on the listserv, and offering script notes for other writers. John completed the writer and lyricist program at the Academy for New Musical Theater in North Hollywood. His comedy script STRONGLY AGREE won the Best Drama Award in the FirstStageLA Playwright Express competition in Burbank.

Sandra Abrams
Sandra Abrams

Sandra Abrams is currently a federal contractor, helping a government agency revamp and improve its content strategy, increase its audience, and develop web standards. Prior to her current assignment, she did event planning, marketing, and content writing for two other government agencies including co-producing a short video about the military health system. Her background also includes working as a television producer first in New York at CNNfn and at MSNBC and again at Reuters in DC after relocating to her hometown. At Reuters TV, she produced in-studio and on Capitol Hill and at the White House. She has also worked as a print reporter covering Wall Street and was the co-lead for the military’s annual Remembrance Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery for fallen military medical members. Abrams’ undergraduate degree is from the University of Maryland as well as a Certificate of Digital Media Journalism, and she has a MA in media education from New York University.

Abrams was a guest speaker at the 2019 ScriptDC on the topic of How to Market your Media Project and has volunteered at many WIFV events. In a previous WIFV board term, she served as Chair of the Marketing Committee and outlined recommendations on how to build WIFV’s social media audience. Abrams served as a board member for American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT) where she created a program to increase diversity in membership and that board resulting on the Bell Award for Best Education program. Sandra was recognized as AWRT’s Woman of the Year. She has also been selected for two journalism fellowships.

John Benedetto
Programming Chair
John Benedetto

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, more than 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 screening at festivals across the world.

Tara Jabbari
Tara Jabbari

Tara Jabbari graduated in 2011 from Bradley University with a B.A. in E.lectronic Media. She worked for nonprofits in their media department in the USA and New Zealand for a couple of years. She produced, edited, and marketed online videos for nonprofits on their missions. She also helped share stories such as people escaping religious persecution and teenagers building a better community throughout the globe.  She went on to get her M.A. in Communication, Culture & Technology from Georgetown University. Her research concentrated on two things: marketing in the digital age and how technology can be used as a productive tool for communication despite differences such as generational gaps and locations. She freelances with nonprofits, small businesses and influencers to help with their online presence. Her duties have included editing video, social media marketing and producing podcasts.  Some of her work included spearheading the first online campaign for GoodWeave, a nonprofit advocating for child labor-free products. Within her first week of working for them, their reach increased by 80% and their online audience has continued to steadily grow. She also worked on producing and marketing for the Lauren Ignited Podcast, contacting and scheduling potential guests to interview and participant for the podcasts 5,000+ listeners and online followers each week.  Jabbari serves as the WIFV Liaison with Women in Film and Television-US (WIFT-US).

Anna Jhirad
Anna Jhirad

Anna Jhirad was in a Ph.D. program in French and Italian, when she realized that her real love was film. She switched to earn a Masters in film production; launched her first documentaries (exploring the racial violence in Boston); and landed at WGBH, the local Boston PBS station. Since then, she has been a writer/producer on many films on topics from history/biography to science/environmental issues. She has worked with numerous PBS stations, but also with international IMAX Films and independent film producers on programs, a number of which have won significant awards (Emmy, Cine Golden Eagle, Dupont Columbia Award, among others). She has been active in WIFV as a workshop panelist/speaker and as program attendee. She served for a number of years on the Board of Directors for Docs in Progress in Silver Spring, MD, which supports experienced and emerging filmmakers. She is currently directing a historical film on Washington, D.C.’s struggle for representation in Congress.

Steve Lack
Website Chair
Steve Lack

Steve Lack is a sound designer and post-production audio mixer with a 25-year career currently working in the DC area. Steve began his career in L.A. working on music production for broadcast television including SEINFELD and WHO’S THE BOSS? He transitioned into post production audio and sound design in Miami in 2004. A position at Discovery brought him to the DC area in 2006, where Steve does audio mixes for Discovery, Science Channel, TLC, and Investigation Discovery. In 2016, Steve contracted with Mandy.com as business development manager for the Eastern US. This position involved traveling to numerous post-production facilities, setting up meet-ups, and manning booths at industry events such as NAB In Las Vegas and New York. Steve discovered a passion for mentoring and helping industry professionals find production work through connecting and networking. Recently Steve has been working as a freelance audio mixer out of his studio in Northern Virginia working with television producers on post-production sound design and audio mixes.  Steve has served on the Board of Governors for the Chesapeake Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) and as a board member for the American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers (ASMAC), and is an active member of AES, SMPTE and CAS. In addition to his work in audio Steve, is also the founder of Genlack, LLC, a web hosting and internet infrastructure provider that started out as a production industry resource and has since branched out to small business website hosting services.

Emma Mankey Hidem
Emma Mankey Hidem

In a career spanning more than a decade, Emma Mankey Hidem has had the privilege of working with and learning from talented filmmakers such as Academy Award-winning director Ross Kauffman (BORN INTO BROTHELS) and Emmy-nominated director Joe Fab (PAPER CLIPS). She has experience with practically every type of non-fiction media, from feature-length documentaries to news segments to multimedia touch-screen exhibits. She learned to create 360° video in 2013, when VR headsets didn’t even exist, and she immediately saw the potential of this vibrant new medium. In 2015, she launched Sunnyside VR, a video and virtual reality production company. Since then she has created content for brands such as Twitter, Mercedes, Honda, Estee Lauder, and more. During the 2020 pandemic, she expanded her interactive media repertoire and launched THE GAME SHOW OF LOVE, a virtual interactive dating game show that takes place live over Zoom.

Mark Maxey
Mark Maxey

Mark Maxey is an Emmy award-winning producer based in Virginia and EVP of Rolling Pictures, a boutique motion picture company in Burbank, delivering creative services, development, finance, production and editorial for independent feature films and television. Maxey wrote, directed and produced the documentary feature UP TO SNUFF about musician/composer W.G. Snuffy Walden, featuring Aaron Sorkin, Martin Sheen, Tom Arnold, Timothy Busfield, Fred Savage, Ed Asner, and Lawrence O’Donnell. Other film credits include BEYOND SIXTY, SOUL PRISON, and SENIOR ENTOURAGE. Maxey’s television credits include unscripted programs AMERICAN VALOR, THE HONORS: A Salute to American Heroes, NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY PARADE, and ON STAGE AT THE KENNEDY CENTER WITH MARVIN HAMLISCH. Maxey is a member of the Producers Guild, Television Academy, Documentary Producers Alliance and WIFV. Maxey is co-founder and chairman emeritus of the Washington West Film Festival, the only film festival to donate 100% of box office proceeds to help at-risk youth and communities in need.

Lauren Menkes
Lauren Menkes

Lauren Menkes is a transactional entertainment attorney with over 30 years experience spanning all aspects of scripted, unscripted, live action and animated television/streaming, motion picture, literary and podcast formats. At Boyarski Fritz LLP, Lauren represents authors, screenwriters, public speakers, journalists, directors, producers, actors/reality talent, models, graphic designers, literary agents and celebrity estates. Lauren diligently guides her clients from the development through distribution stages to protect their intellectual property and brand status.

Since May 2017, Lauren has worked remotely from Bethesda, Maryland as Senior Counsel for Boyarski Fritz LLP (an entertainment, media and intellectual property law firm with offices in New York City and Los Angeles). She had previously worked several years for Wise Entertainment Law in Cabin John, Maryland.

Before private practice on the east coast, Lauren spent two decades in Los Angeles as an in-house legal and business affairs executive for major entertainment companies such as United Talent Agency, Comedy Central, Walt Disney Television and Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.

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 an A.B. degree from Duke University and received her J.D. degree from Emory University School of Law.

Lauren has been a Board Member of Women in Film & Video since June 2017. She is also a Board Member of DukeDC representing Duke Entertainment Media & Arts Network (DEMAN). Lauren moderates Career Conversations for DukeDC with esteemed Duke alumni in the DMV area as well as speaks to students and alumni at Duke’s annual DEMAN Weekend.

Amy Oden
Amy Oden

Emmy Award winning Producer Amy Oden currently works at PBS’s Maryland Public Television, where she sheds light on a variety of social and scientific topics, including the Baltimore uprising, fracking, mass incarceration, and the opioid crisis. Her most recent independent short, LIPSTICK AND LEATHER is currently in the festival circuit, and is distributed digitally by PBS’s Reel South. Her other recent independent short, CALASAG, is fiscally sponsored by the International Documentary Association, and was granted a fellowship in the Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund at Johns Hopkins.

Amy has been active in WIFV for a number of years, speaking on panels about “guerilla filmmaking” and documentary. Additionally, she was the recipient of the 2020 WIFV Randy Goldman Career Development Scholarship. Amy is also an active member of Film Fatales and the Baltimore Women’s Media Alliance. She was a fellow at Docs in Progress in 2014, and a finalist for Baltimore’s Baker Awards in 2020. Amy has taught courses at the University of Maryland and the University of Guam. She holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Maryland, and an MA in Gender and Media from George Washington University. Her work has won Communicator, Emmy, Davey, and W3 Awards.

Malikkah Rollins
Malikkah Rollins

Malikkah Rollins, originally from NYC, is a narrative and documentary producer based in Washington, DC. Malikkah directed her first short with the Maine Media Labs Narrative Director’s Program and recently produced TELL ME ABOUT ORANGE, winner of the Jane Cusumano/WIFV Short Narrative Film Finishing Grant. Malikkah has been 1st AD on several short films and on crew for 48 Hour Film teams. Entering into the doc world based on her passion for social justice, Malikkah is a Docs in Progress Fellow and serves as a researcher on the documentary OH HAPPY DAY. She is also a small group facilitator with the D-Word’s weekly virtual support meetings for global documentary filmmakers. She has just begun research on a doc about menopause and aging.  Malikkah is both a long-time educator and licensed mental health professional; currently she creates professional development programming for international NGOs at Humentum, a global NGO member association. She holds master’s degrees in international relations and clinical social work.

May Santiago
May Santiago

May Santiago has been using film as a research tool since 2013 with the accomplishment of her undergraduate thesis, LITTLE GIRLS, both a short original film and a product for research into the effect of teen films on female teen societies. Since then, she has advocated for the importance of research in the filmmaking process, repeating the process with her masters thesis. Currently, May focuses more on the expansion of theoretical work in underdeveloped film economies, such as cinema from the Spanish-speaking Caribbean or queer authorship in genre cinema, and interventions into Amazon Studios and their labor practices.

May has presented Understanding Horror Tropes at ScriptDC in 2019. She currently runs a podcast, HORRORSPIRIA, which is focused on genre cinema and its international connections. She has been teaching Global Horror Film among other classes at George Mason University (GMU) since 2019 and also at a few of the NOVA campuses since 2020. She is about to start her second year of the Cultural Studies’ program at GMU.

Sheila Smith
Sheila Smith

Sheila Smith is an award-winning director of photography and Steadicam owner/operator with extensive experience filming political spots, documentaries, television, commercials, independent features, PSAs, dance, and music. She’s worked for political firms like Dixon Davis, SKDK, Braun Films, and production companies like Brooklapping, (BBC), PBS, NBC, ABC, Lifetime, and many others. She specializes in lighting, political spots, commercials, visual storytelling and Steadicam. She has Sony FX9 and F5 camera packages with lenses, lighting, Steadicam, etc. She travels across the country, and the world, working on corporate videos, television and documentaries. Among a long list of awards, she was recently recognized for Best Cinematography for Feature Film in the North Europe International Film Festival in London in 2020. Sheila was named Woman of Vision by WIFV in 2009 and has been an active WIFV member since 1990.

Judith Snyderman
Judith Snyderman

Judith Snyderman is a freelance producer who has worked across digital media platforms for news organizations, private sector companies, and government agencies. Currently, she is a contract senior producer for AARP.org and an assignment-based location news producer for the U.S. Foreign Press Center’s media cooperative. She continues to provide archival image and footage research services to independent documentary filmmakers. Previously, she wrote, produced and directed feature television segments for syndicated magazine shows including HISPANICS TODAY, RETIREMENT LIVING HEALTHLINE, and international broadcasts at Voice of America. Print assignments included home and style features for Washingtonian magazine. Judith has a M.S. degree in broadcast television production from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Communications. She has served previously served on the WIFV Board of Directors.

Sharon Sobel
Membership Chair
Sharon Sobel

Sharon Sobel has been involved in television and video production since high school. After some full-time jobs with local government and private production companies, Sharon took her business, Picture This Video LLC, into a full-time venture. She provides freelance production services to area production companies, and script-to-screen production and strategy for businesses, organizations and non-profits. Sharon has held several roles that prepare her for serving on the WIFV board. She was part of the production crew for several Women of Vision Award ceremonies. She has been asked to speak on WIFV panels and present independently for WIFV several times over the years, particularly on topics of business management. She served as the Judging Coordinator for the Regional NATAS chapter for 14 years: this was basically a job based on recruiting volunteers and ensuring the integrity of the Emmy judging process. While there, she grew the NATAS student production awards from one that only had a handful of entrants to one that evolved into reaching schools all over DC, Maryland and Virginia, and gaining their participation.  She is active in community as well. She’s been a member of the Alexandria Jaycees since 1994. Because of her community service projects, her leadership skills, and her commitment to that organization, she was promoted first to a Life Member locally, and then to a Life Member with the state. She has been serving with her church’s livestreaming team for the past four years. Because of her technical background and leadership experience, she has been tasked with leading a team to evolve the church’s video production efforts.

Sheri Ratick Stroud
Development Chair
Sheri Ratick Stroud

Sheri Ratick Stroud graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Theatre. After marriage she moved to New Jersey where she spent 4 years in the administrative offices of the Paper Mill Playhouse, as the Director of Group Sales and Volunteer Services. Upon returning to DC she was hired by the Kennedy Center to produce the Holiday Festival. Leaving there Sheri spent 2 years on cable TV as a segment of the Shoppers Club of Virginia where she gained some local notoriety. Sheri was also part of the Once Upon a Mime traveling children’s theatre troupe. More recently Sheri has been directing, winning the Best Director and Best Production awards for her production of Agnes of God. In the 2019 Capital Fringe Festival, the play she directed, Stuck received 4 out of 5 stars from the reviewers. In 2010 Sheri formed Wonder Pictures along with Rich West of West Production Services. Their first short SPANISH LESSON won a Silver Leaf Award at the Mexico Film Festival in 2011. Their second film THE LAST PAPERBOY won the silent film competition sponsored by Signature Theatre. In 2020, PAPERBOY was selected to be screened at the Rehoboth Film Festival and also won a Recognition Award in the Accolade Global Film Competition along with SPANISH LESSON and their latest film HEROES’ HONEYMOON. In addition to acting and producing, Sheri has also served as a judge for the DC Shorts Film Festival, for the American University’s Media That Matters short script writing contests, for the DC Shorts script writing contest, and has served on selection panels for grants for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

Connie St. John
Connie St. John

Connie St. John has been an entertainment industry executive for nearly 30 years. She began her career in publicity at Columbia TriStar Television in Los Angeles. She then joined Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. in Atlanta, first in their TNT Originals division, then heading the PR department for Turner Program Services.  Connie then joined Harpo Productions, managing PR for Oprah Winfrey. While there, she successfully pitched the idea for what would become Oprah’s Angel Network. She also oversaw the PR campaign for Oprah Runnin’ Wild with Tina, traveling on tour with Oprah and Tina Turner.  Later, Connie joined the Public Responsibility department at Sara Lee Corporation, where she and her team addressed issues of concern for women and minorities on a local, national and global scale.  In 1999, Connie returned to LA, and founded her production company No Weapon Productions, which produces family friendly entertainment for the screen and stage. Her award-winning first short film, THE MESSAGE, screened in festivals around the country, as well as at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. In addition to writing shorts, television spec scripts, and full-length features, Connie has written and produced nearly 100 stage plays and skits.  While in LA, Connie launched the marketing department of the Entertainment Industry Foundation and served as the executive director of various nonprofit companies, including the Neighborhood Music School.  After 20 years in California, Connie returned to Washington, DC in 2019. She has re-launched No Weapon Productions, and established a consulting company, the St. John Consulting Group, through which she works with the Duke Ellington School of Performing Arts, among other clients. She also serves on the board of the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts.

Richard Volin
Richard Volin

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.

Emily Wathen
Emily Wathen

Emily Wathen is a videographer, producer and editor. She currently serves as a Digital Journalist at the Environmental Working Group, where she has created countless short-form videos for web, events, and now virtual events for more than five years. Emily has previously worked on a variety of productions based in the DC area. Some of her clients and past projects include: The Johns Hopkins Hospital, “Ingredients” series for National Geographic, USAID, The National Democratic Institute, Nautical Channel, Heather Booth: Changing the World (documentary), PROJECT: ICE (documentary), and the Center for American Progress. Emily completed her MFA in photography and electronic media at the Maryland Institute College of Art and her BFA in film art at Syracuse University. Emily also completed a film studies program at the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. Emily received WIFV’s 2015 Carolyn’s First Decade Award, and was also awarded WIFV’s Seed Fund for Documentary Filmmakers along with her film partner Susanne Coates, for their project WATERWOMEN.

Staff

Melissa Houghton
Executive Director

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Brooke Friedman
Membership/Programming Coordinator

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