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What film do you think everyone should watch?
The Night of the Hunter and Daughters of the Dust.

What’s your favorite part about living and working in the DC/MD/VA region?
In terms of documentaries, there have certainly been a number of them focused on the capital in the last 4 years, and rightly so. I love recognizing people and landmarks I know very well, and as the subjects often relate to policy, politics, or the people that are supposed to speak for the people, I love living around the shifting energy, when the shift is good. 

Who inspires you?
Directors Gina Prince-Bythewood, Angela Robinson, and Lesli Linka Glatter are all very down to earth, smart, creative women who are making a difference in the film world and creating wonderful content. I’m also inspired by Stacey Abrams, who has put her belief that every person makes a difference into action. 

What story do you wish someone would tell?
Heroines of the Holocaust, especially Roza Robota, who led 4 women in the Sonderkommando prisoner revolt of October 7th in 1944. The four shouted, “Chazak V’amatz” – “Be strong and have courage” before they died. There are so many stories of the fearless women of WW2 yet to be told. 

What’s your favorite place to celebrate success with your crew?
My favorite place to celebrate after a Women Rocking Hollywood panel at San Diego Comic-Con has been getting into Hall H to watch the Black Panther panel with Gina Prince-Bythewood and Victoria Mahoney. I know we’ll see both of them on that stage at some point!

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