WIFT Louisiana Committees
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Chair: Christine Tonry
Webmaster: Keota Picou
The Communications Committee gets the word out about all things WiFT LA. They post news and events to our social media channels, our website, and to members of our local press. They are also responsible for distributing our monthly newsletter and Alice Evening Networking Event dates. Contact Christine at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have news you’d like to share or a job posting you’d like to post on social media. For website postings please contact Keota via email: email@example.com
Chair: Lizeth Hutchings
The Membership Committee maintains membership information and presents new applicants to the board to be voted in. Membership also maintains the WiFT LA contact database and has a presence at all functions and events to welcome guests and provide information about our organization in a continuous effort to recruit new members. For membership inquiries contact Lizeth via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chair: Keota D. Picou
The Education Committee produces WiFT-Louisiana's workshops, lectures, and panels that are dedicated to each member's growth, knowledge, and advancement in all positions of our film industry. We believe that it is imperative for our members to learn all that they need to know about their chosen position in film entertainment. And we remain decided to providing quality classes for beginners in the film industry to the advanced. For Educational inquiries contact Keota via email: email@example.com
Member: Laura Cassidy, Kenetha Lanee
The Programs Committee organizes all the wonderful events, meetings, and our Iris Award Gala hosted by WiFT LA for its members. From the New Orleans Film Festival Panel and Reception, Programs is committed to celebrating and supporting women in film and television with fun events designed to build relationships. Roughly every month we hold an Alice Evening Networking Event where members and special guests are invited to give a brief presentation about their field or current projects. If you have an idea for an event or would like to suggest a speaker contact Ashley via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Before moving into film, committee member, Laura got her start in the theatre, both directing and sound designing. Her original score and sound design for the play Shadowlands won an international showing at the Prague Quadrennial (Czech REpublic), one of only 14 professional sound designs to be showcased. She has helmed production of 2 short films, Voicemail and Back (recipient of the 168 FIlm Festival Audience Choice Award), and a web-series, Shadows. Laura is currently working on producing her first feature film, Grunch.
Committee member, Kenetha Lanee, is an actress, producer, screenwriter, and anthropologist, from Chicago, IL. She manages an independent production company in New Orleans, LA and has written and produced over five short films. Her projects center the African-American experience, and she is especially devoted to telling the stories of women from the past and present.
Simone Brown is a Brazilian Filmmaker living in New Orleans, Louisiana. She earned her Bachelor Degree in Communication - Film and TV at FAAP University in 1991 and her Master Degree in Marketing at Sao Judas University - Unimonte in 2008 in Brazil.She has natural leadership and management skills, which make her an experienced and creative Producer who enjoys taking on new challenges.For the past 28 years, she has done productions in Brazil that include documentaries, short movies, movies, commercials, TV Series, game shows, talk shows, live shows, lifestyle shows, and video clips.
In Brazil, she worked at various TV Broadcast like Rede Record, Rede Bandeirantes, TV Cultura, Rede TV. She worked at Productions Film Houses like Fly Productions, Framewave Productions, Lightstar Studios, and O2 Filmes.She had the pleasure to work at 02 Filmes with the Oscar-nominated Director Fernando Meirelles.Besides working as a Production Coordinator and Line Producer in Films and TV, she worked for 12 years as a University Professor at Sao Judas University teaching Production to the Major Film and TV Audiovisual.
Special Projects Committee
Chair: Daneeta Jackson
The Special Projects Committee handles Special projects for WIFT Louisiana, such as the Membership Directory.
For the last two decades, Pedro Lucero has been a part of the New Orleans film industry,
working behind the scenes, in front of the camera, and carving out any kind of hustle to
get movies made in such a chaotic town.
Getting his start in the theater with Archbishop Rummel High School’s Genesian Players,
Pedro learned quick timing and discovered an acute sense of what makes a scene move.
This taste of acting gave him the fever for creating worlds, challenging norms and
striving to see a multitude of projects get made.
Pedro made the jump to film in the mid 90's when he was offered a spot on a Popeye's
Chicken commercial and has since worked on a number film and television projects.
While pursuing his career in film, Pedro has been the Production
Coordinator/Entertainment Director for multiple establishments for twenty years on
world famous Bourbon Street. He’s seen it all. Go ahead and ask him for some stories.
Pedro has also been an integral part of various film and music festivals across Louisiana,
and even Austin, Texas.
Having written, directed, and produced, Pedro’s work can be seen all across a swath of
outlets including film, television, and the web.
Even though he has been part of major motion features, Pedro enjoys working with Indie
projects. He believes in the integrity of the people and has a love for the heartbeat of
Chair: Gisele Haralson
Co-Chair: Bianca Siplin
The Sponsorship Committee is responsible for the overall coordination of soliciting sponsorships for activities of WIFT Louisiana. The chair makes monthly committee reports to the board, in coordination with the Treasurer, who documents income and expenses related to sponsors' invoices, and collects funds, provides sponsors’ logos and contact information to the Treasurer, tracks vendor sponsorship payments, and ensures appropriate visibility on the website, at meetings and signature events. Chair also interfaces with Programs to identify sponsors who best fit specific programs and events.
Gisele is an educator, author, screenwriter, producer, director, and activist. She is also the founder of Follow Dreams Productions. Her professional career has been spent educating, inspiring and motivating women to follow their dreams and become self-sufficient. It was that work that led her to her graduate study research and inevitable book More Than Just Sex: It's The Art of the Chase; and her new book When Money Meets Seduction; Inspiring Financial Lessons of Women Who Have Connected with Money and Power. She was the editor of Teen Insight Magazine, as well as a blogger. Much of her writing is centered on social issues that affect women and children. It was that work that led to her receiving the National Association for Family Childcare Leadership Award.
Bianca Siplin is an actress, writer and kids acting coach who aspires to provide more local opportunities for women and children in Film and Television. She has been performing over 15 years and teaching acting for stage and film for 12 years. Bianca is a proud alumnae of both Miami University and Dillard University. Her most recent television credit is “On Becoming a God in Central Florida,” which will debut on Showtime. Bianca is currently writing new projects for tv and film in hopes of bringing new fresh talent to the screen. “I am excited to be a part of WIFT in this new position. I have seen great talent all around me with lack of opportunities and funding to support local filmmakers. My goal is to bridge that gap, so the artists within all of us can be free to create without the worry of funding.”
Baton Rouge Branch
Chair: Gisele Haralson
For members in the Baton Rouge region, this new Branch of Women in Film & TV Louisiana will hold monthly meetings and reach out to the filmmaking community in the area. For more info, please email email@example.com
Volunteer Committee Chair: Open
The Volunteer Committee works closely with the Events Committee to reach out to and coordinate volunteers for all events and Committee tasks.
WIFTI & WIFTI US Committees: Shameka Gray and Amy Le
WIFTI US Committee Chair: Shameka Gray and Amy Le
WIFTI & WIFTI US Committees Member: Carol Bidault de l'Isle
The WIFTI Committee works closely with Women In Film & Television International & WIFT US. WIFT Louisiana served on the Board of WIFTI (2014 to 2018), as the Showcase Producer and Chair the Membership Committee. It sends out and follows up with surveys, maintains the membership database, and coordinates with the WIFTI and WIFTI US Board and other chapters.