TEAM
Founders
Mathilde Dratwa
Co-Founder emeritus
Mathilde is a playwright and filmmaker based in Brooklyn. She has been a Sundance Channel Shorts Contest finalist, a co-leader of the FilmShop collective and a member of the Independent Film School's writer-director lab. Her latest short film PETA PAN stars Independent Spirit Award nominee Nisreen Faour. She co-created ALMOST ANONYMOUS, a web series about a support group for celebrity lookalikes (NYC Web Fest 2016).

Mathilde also produces animation videos; she has received two Pulitzer Center grants and has had her work featured in a number of publications, including French newspaper Le Monde. She is a Dramatist Guild Foundation Fellow, a member of the Dorset Theater Festival's Women Artists Writing Group and was a member of New York Foundation for the Arts' Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program. Her plays include MILK AND GALL and A PLAY ABOUT DAVID MAMET WRITING A PLAY ABOUT HARVEY WEINSTEIN.
Christy Lamb has appeared in the feature films WAKEFIELD and TOE TO TOE and plays a role in MADE PUBLIC, a short film slated to premiere at Oscar-qualifying Cinequest in March 2019.

Lamb is also an activist who co-founded the non-profit Moms-in-Film to advocate for parent-friendly practices in the entertainment industry. Convinced that parenthood plays a vital part in the industry's parity conversation, Lamb lobbies on behalf of Moms-in-Film in D.C. and Sacramento, CA for workplace equity and childcare reform in the U.S.

She lives in Glendale, California with her husband Justin and daughter Parker.

Visit her personal website here.




Chapter Leaders
Alyscia Cunningham
Chapter Leader, Washington DC
Alyscia Cunningham is an entrepreneur, author, filmmaker and photographer who has contributed to the Smithsonian, National Geographic, Discovery Channel and AOL. In September 2013 Alyscia self-published Feminine Transitions. She is currently working on her second book and documentary film titled I Am More Than My Hair. It includes stories of girls and women who've experienced hair loss (alopecia) and redefines beauty standards. Alyscia creates these, and future projects, with the consideration of art for social-impact. Alyscia specializes in promoting our natural beauty because she believes the media does a good job of focusing on our insecurities by bombarding us with ads proclaiming that appearance without enhancements is inadequate or faulty. Her portraits are unaltered by Photoshop and reveal women as they are naturally, without the façade they put on for others. Her work has been featured in The Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, Ashton Kutcher's A Plus.com and Proud2BMe.
Karen Dantas
Chapter Co-Leader, Chicago
Karen Dantas is an independent film and television professional. After graduating from the University of Toronto Cinema Studies program with High Distinction, she first landed on Toronto's Bay Street as a film and entertainment insurance broker. Working from the financial lines opened the doors to her roles as a Script Analyst with Midori Multimedia representing clients in Europe, Asia, South America and the Middle East, which led to her role as the Executive Assistant and Grant Writer at ReelWorld Film Festival, and then on to the role of Second Assistant to the Executive Vice-President of English Services at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. She also completed an internship with William Morris Endeavor and worked as the Program Coordinator-University Relations during the Cannes Film Festival for The Creative Mind Group. Most recently, Karen served as Associate Producer on Bandai Namco and Production I.G.'s Garm Wars: The Last Druid, directed by Mamoru Oshii.
Christina Shaver
Chapter Co-Leader, Chicago
Christina Shaver, a Chicago native, writes and produces content for a variety of platforms. She is a graduate of Northwestern University and the Harold Ramis Film School at The Second City. Christina's work has had the attention of the Sundance, the Academy of Arts and Sciences Nicholl Fellowship, Stowe Story Labs (as "selected projects"), and the Austin Film. Previous to her mid-life career change, she worked twenty years in executive management in the non-profit and tech sectors.
Chapter Leader, San Francisco
Verónica Moscoso is an award-winning filmmaker, author and journalist.

In 2011, Verónica earned a masters degree from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Her thesis, A Wild Idea, is a short documentary film screening in more than 30 film festivals around the world and receiving eight awards. This movie remains as a significant contribution to understanding one of the most dramatic environmental initiatives to date.

She is the published author of three books, Historias con sabor a sueño, a short stories' compilation (2001); Los ojos de Carmen, a novella (2005) translated to French and English: and Olivia y los monos, a novella (2018.) Verónica employs a variety of media to craft her compelling fiction and non-fiction stories. She's the author of various published articles, photographs, multimedia, video and radio pieces, both in English and Spanish.

Born and raised in Ecuador, Verónica left her hometown of Quito to live and travel in the Middle East and in South East Asia. She chronicled her trips through journal essays and photography. At the moment, she is settled in the San Francisco Bay Area where she continues creating content and storytelling.
Akima A. Brown
Chapter Leader, Atlanta
Akima A. Brown is, and always has been, a multi-passionate creative. Always an artist-activist, Akima has spent much of her career creating, administrating, or managing programs that use arts education to spurn advocacy and public service. It wasn't until pregnant with her now-six-year-old son that Akima decided to pursue her passion for filmmaking full-time; realizing she might be the only example he had of someone who lived out their dreams.

However, having hit a number of barriers as a working mom in a project-based industry, Akima has taken the stance #dontmakemechoose; doing all she can to leverage access and create opportunities where they may not have previously existed. Likewise, as a proponent of the adage "lift as you climb", Akima works diligently to ensure those same opportunities exist for others. Her boutique production company, BTG Multimedia Group, is a "teaching studio"; a for-profit, social enterprise dedicated to educating future entertainment professionals who have been traditionally underrepresented in the industry.

Akima is a return transplant to the Atlanta area having earned advanced degrees from Spelman College and Emory University. She also holds a terminal degree in Cinema-Television from Regent University in Virginia Beach. She resides in the Atlanta Metro area with her son, Xae.

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