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Claire Aguilar, President
Senior Vice President of Programming,
Independent Television Service (ITVS)

Nicole Page, Chair
Partner, Reavis Parent Lehrer LLP
Head of Business Affairs, Engel Entertainment, Inc.

Michelle Materre, Secretary
Professor of Media Studies and Film,
The New School for Public Engagement
Film Programmer, MIST Harlem

Tina DiFeliciantonio, Treasurer
Director/Producer, Naked Eye Productions, Ltd.

Nancy E. Friedland, Librarian, Butler Media, Film Studies and Performing Arts, Columbia University

Nicole Guillemet, Director, OffCenter Films

Tabitha Jackson, Director, Documentary Film Program and Fund, Sundance Institute

Neyda Martinez, Producer & Engagement/Communications Strategist

Esther Robinson Filmmaker and Producer

Theresa Riley, Director of Digital Content and Strategy, Billmoyers.com

Amy Villarejo,  Professor, Cornell University
Department of Performing and Media Arts

Patricia White, Professor and Chair of Film and Media Studies at Swarthmore College

Debra Zimmerman, Ex Officio
Executive Director, Women Make Movies

Barrie Pribyl, Emerita, Organizational Development Consultant

WMM Staff Page

Claire Aguilar
Director of Programming and Industry Engagement for Sheffield Doc/Fest

CLAIRE AGUILAR is Director of Programming and Industry Engagement for Sheffield Doc/Fest, one of the leading showcases of documentary films and digital media in the world.  She is the programmer for the festival and is also responsible for industry training and mentoring. Prior to Sheffield, she worked at the ITVS as a funder and co-producer for independent filmmakers and public media.  She has commissioned programming from the global community of independent producers, and has been a curator for the PBS series “Independent Lens”.  She has served as a programming consultant, executive advisor and jury member for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, STEPS, Firelight Media, IDFA, Visions du Réel, Eurodoc, WGBH, the Pew Fellowships in the Arts and many other media organizations.  A second-generation Filipina American, she has a BA in Communications Studies and MA in Film and Television Studies from UCLA.  She serves on the Boards of Women Make Movies and EDN (European Documentary Network). 

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Tina DiFeliciantonio, Treasurer
Director/Producer, Naked Eye Productions, Ltd.

From cinema vérité to impressionistic documentaries, Tina DiFeliciantonio’s critically acclaimed work has been screened and broadcast in countries throughout the world.  Along with her partner Jane C. Wagner, she has tackled a wide range of subjects—social justice, human rights, teenage sexuality, child abuse, sustainable energy, art, science and ethics—garnering dozens of top honors, such as two National Emmy Awards and two Sundance Film Festival Awards, including the Grand Jury Prize.

DiFeliciantonio began her professional career after graduating from Stanford University’s Master’s Film Program, where she made her directing debut with the student Academy Award-winning LIVING WITH AIDS, which was the first film on the subject to be broadcast on PBS.  Over the years, her intellectual and creative collaboration partnership with Wagner has matured into a dynamic partnership that is sustained by a shared vision and passion for storytelling. Having worked in countries throughout the world, including Senegal, Abu Dhabi, Bangladesh, India, Japan, China and Turkey, their films have been aired on P.O.V., Sundance Channel, Showtime, HBO, TLC, MTV, SyFy, USA Networks and foreign television. Support for their work has come from organizations that include the MacArthur Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, NEA, NEH, ITVS, AFI, and Sundance. 

In addition to serving on the board of directors of media non-profits, DiFeliciantonio enjoys jurying film festivals, participating on funding panels and guest lecturing.  She is actively involved in community service in New York City and is the co-parent of an active ten-year-old boy named Luca.

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Nancy E. Friedland Librarian, Butler Media, Film Studies and Performing Arts 

Nancy Friedland received her MA from New York University and MLS from Rutgers University. She has been working for Columbia University Libraries since 1995. As the Librarian for Butler Media, Film Studies and Performing Arts, she played a central role in establishing the media collections and related services and serves as the primary selector for all formats in film, theater, dance, television, media, and performance art. She also serves as liaison to the students and faculty in the School of the Arts. In 2013, she was elected President of Theatre Library Association. As Visiting Associate Professor at Pratt, she teaches a graduate course in Film and Media Collections and recently developed a new course entitled Researching Local History: Cities and Towns. She also teaches Digital Humanities at the Palmer School for Information and Library Science. She served as contributor and editor of Documenting Costume Design published in 2010. She is the faculty partner for Columbia University's online resource The Film Language Glossary.

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Nicole Guillemett, Director, OffCenter Films

Guillemet has worked in key positions in the film industry for twenty-five years.  For over fifteen years she served as Vice President of the Sundance Institute and Co-Director of the Sundance Film Festival.   At the 2000 Sundance Film Festival, she launched and directed the Documentary Film Program and its ” House of Docs” to provide support to documentary filmmakers.  She also initiated the Gen-Y Studio, a program designed to nurture student filmmakers.   In 2002, she founded the Utah Film Center bringing the world of film to local audience, emphasizing social content and artistic excellence.  From 2002 - 2007, Guillemet was the Director of the Miami International Film Festival, showcasing the most important selection of Ibero-American Cinema in North America.  She led the Festival through an astounding five-year period of growth including the creation of the Miami Encuentros, a program to help emerging Ibero-American producers.  In the last six years Guillemet has worked as an executive consultant for various international festivals including the Dominican Republic Global Film Festival, the Costa Rica International Film Festival as Program Director, and the Middle East International Film Festival, the Bahamas International Film Festival, and ESAV, the Marrakech School of Film and Design supporting new Arabic cinema. Over the years Guillemet has assisted many documentary filmmakers during their creative process and in the production of their films, as well as in their distribution strategies.Throughout her career, Guillemet has been a dedicated arts activist.   She serves on national boards of a number of arts organizations.  She has also served on funding panel for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Rolex Foundation, and as a juror and panelist for international festivals. In 2005 she received the decoration, Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres from the French Minister of Culture.

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Tabitha Jackson, Director, Documentary Film Program and Fund, Sundance Institute

Tabitha Jackson was appointed Director of the Documentary Film Program (DFP) at the Sundance Institute in late 2013. The DFP is dedicated to supporting nonfiction filmmakers worldwide in the production of cinematic documentaries that tell compelling stories, push the boundaries of the form, or address contemporary issues including social justice and human rights. In supporting such work, the DFP encourages the diverse exchange of ideas by artists as a critical pathway to developing an open society. Recent films supported by the DFP include  The Square ,The Genius of Marian, and The Invisible War.

With over 20 years experience in the field, Jackson most recently served as Commissioning Editor for Arts, at the UK’s Channel 4 Television, where she supported and championed the alternative voice, and sought to find fresh ways of storytelling. Commissions included: Mark Cousins’  15 part odyssey "The Story of Film", Clio Barnard’s formally innovative verbatim cinema doc "The Arbor", Bart Layton’s documentary thriller "The Imposter", and most recently, the Sundance award-winning Nick Cave film, "20,000 Days on Earth". Prior to joining Channel 4, Jackson made films in both the UK and US about identity, history, and social justice. Awards for her work include a News and Documentary Emmy for Rx for Survival: A Global Health Challenge and the Royal Television Society Award and UNESCO Gold Award for Motherland – A Genetic Journey. ve voice, and sought to find fresh ways of storytelling. Commissions included: Mark Cousins’  15 part odyssey "The Story of Film", Clio Barnard’s formally innovative verbatim cinema doc "The Arbor", Bart Layton’s documentary thriller "The Imposter", and most recently, the Sundance award-winning Nick Cave film, "20,000 Days on Earth". Prior to joining Channel 4, Jackson made films in both the UK and US about identity, history, and social justice. Awards for her work include a News and Documentary Emmy for Rx for Survival: A Global Health Challenge and the Royal Television Society Award and UNESCO Gold Award for Motherland – A Genetic Journey.

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Neyda Martinez, Producer & Engagement/Communications Strategist

Neyda Martinez is a producer and independent strategic communications and cultural consultant with over 15 years of experience.  While working full-time she completed graduate studies at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs earning an MPA in 2008. She’s served clients such as Hachette Book Group USA, NYC’s Mayor’s Office of Adult Education, and Pernod-Ricard, a former sponsor of the Latin Grammy’s who sought her expertise in strategy, marketing and communications.  Most recently, she concluded her tenure as Director of National Engagement for PBS’ documentary special, LATINO AMERICANS.  In 2004, she conceived the music and humanities project, HABANA/HARLEM®. Five years later, Neyda created The New Audience Project™ to engage Latina women as cultural ambassadors and participate as consultants and micro-entrepreneurs in the cultural economy. The initiative garnered a highly coveted Rockefeller Cultural Innovation Fund Award for the pilot’s host organization, Teatro Circulo.  She is also the producer of the independent film, LUCKY, www.luckythedocumentary.com.  She volunteers on committees for the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Uprose and serves on the national board of directors for The Association of American Cultures, as well as for the Bronx-based dance company, Pepatian. An active cultural advocate and leader, she nurtures the next generation with hands-on mentoring. Her contributions have been recognized by El Diario-La Prensa’s Mujer Destacada campaign (2002); BeingLatino.com (2012); Senator Peralta and the Latin American Intercultural Alliance (2013); and Ford Motor Company’s Mujer Legendaria campaign. (2013). 

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Michelle Materre, Secretary
Professor of Media Studies and Film, The New School for Public Engagementt
Film Programmer, MIST Harlem

Ms. Materre’s professional background spans more than 25 years experience as film producer, writer, arts administrator, distribution/marketing specialist, film programmer and college professor. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Media Studies and Film at The New School, and Associate Dean of The New School for Public Engagement School of Undergraduate Studies. Her critically acclaimed film series, Creatively Speaking, featuring work by and about people and women of color, is now in its 17th year. In Fall 2012 the series will premiere at its new location, My Image Studios (MIST) Cinemas in Harlem. Ms. Materre is also an independent media consultant, advising filmmakers and organizations on fundraising, distribution, marketing, and exhibition strategies. Selected client list includes: Julie Dash, Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, Channel Thirteen, Stanley Nelson, Thomas Allen Harris, Barbara Rick, Kim Longinotto, and Third World Newsreel, to name a few. Ms. Materre is a former member of the Board of Directors of New York Women in Film and Television, and a recipient of The Pen and Brush Society, Accomplished Women in the Arts Award.

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Nicole Page, Chair
Partner, Reavis Parent Lehrer LLPP
Head of Business Affairs, Engle Entertainment, Inc.

Nicole is a Partner at Reavis Parent Lehrer LLP where she specializes in entertainment, intellectual property and employment law.  Nicole is also Head of Business Affairs at Engel Entertainment, Inc., a New York City based film and television production company. Nicole counsels filmmakers, producers and feature film and television production companies in connection with issues ranging from film financing, rights acquisition, production agreements, exploitation of ancillary rights, content licensing, clearance, distribution and an array of related matters. Nicole serves as production counsel and negotiates theatrical, broadcast and home video distribution deals for many film and television productions. She also represents commercial photographers as well as directors, performers, writers and others in the arts and entertainment industries. Nicole regularly lectures and writes on legal issues in the arts and media. She has appeared on panels at SXSW, Slamdance, The Hamptons International Film Festival, The World Congress of Science and Factual Producers, Napa Valley Film Festival, IFP and RealScreen, among other festivals and conferences. Nicole works with WMM and other organizations (like NYWIFT) to provide relevant and topical information to filmmakers and counsels and supports filmmakers in the WMM fiscal sponsorship and distribution programs, and has participated in workshops sponsored by WMM for its filmmakers.

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Theresa Riley, Director of Digital Content and Strategy, billmoyers.com

Theresa oversees content for BillMoyers.com, and oversees the planning and execution of Bill Moyers’ social media strategy. She is an award-winning web producer and editor whose work has been featured on PBS Online and TIME.com. Previously, she was the vice president of digital content and strategy at POV, a documentary film series on PBS. Under her leadership, POV was one of PBS.org’s top 25 program sites. She developed new strategies for informing and engaging the public online, earning the site critical acclaim and numerous accolades, including the Webby Award, the Online News Association Award for General Excellence, the Knight-Batten Award for Innovative Journalism and the Parent’s Choice Award.

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Esther Robinson, Filmmaker and Producer

Esther Robinson is an award winning filmmaker and producer.  Her critically acclaimed directorial debut "A Walk into the Sea: Danny Williams and The Warhol Factory"  took top prizes at The Berlin, Tribeca and Chicago film festivals and is currently in international theatrical release. Other producing projects include the film Home Page (by acclaimed filmmaker Doug Block), the digital satellite release of The Last Broadcast to 5 cities,  the award winning PBS series Alive From Off Center and serving as the Director of Film/Video and Performing Arts for the Creative Capital Foundation (1999-2006). Additionally, Esther has a philanthropy consulting practice (clients include The Ford Foundation, Chicken and Egg Pictures and The Fledgling Fund), is a technical advisor on the "Shifting Sands – Art, Culture and Neighborhood Change" initiative (this initiative recognizes neighborhood-based arts and cultural organizations as unique stakeholders in poor neighborhoods experiencing economic and demographic shifts and is funded by the Ford Foundation and managed by Partners for Livable Communities) and she is the founder of ArtHome a non-profit business that helps artists and their communities build assets and equity through financial literacy and home-ownership.  Esther has a film and television degree from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.

Amy Villarejo, Professor, Cornell University, Department of Performing and Media Arts

Amy Villarejo joined the Cornell faculty in 1997, after receiving her AB from Bryn Mawr and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. During graduate school, she published her first book, a monograph on the 1933 film Queen Christina (British Film Institute Publishing, 1995, co-authored with Marcia Landy). At Cornell, she holds a joint appointment as professor in the Department of Theatre, Film & Dance (of which she is currently chair) and the Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program (which she directed from 2004-2007). She has published widely, including a book on film and cultural studies (Keyframes, Routledge, 2001), on queer documentary (Lesbian Rule, Duke University Press, 2003), and an introduction to the discipline of cinema and media studies, Film Studies: The Basics (Routledge, 2007), currently being revised for its second edition. More recently, she is co-editor of a special issue of GLQ, "Queer Marxism," and author of a forthcoming monograph on television, Ethereal Queer (Duke University Press).

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Patricia White, Professor of Film and Media Studies, Swarthmore College
Patricia White is Professor of Film and Media Studies at Swarthmore College, where she teaches Feminist Film and Media Studies and World Cinema among other courses. She was an intern and later a staff member at Women Make Movies in the 1980s and recently completed a term as board chair. She's the author of Women's Cinema/World Cinema; Uninvited: Classical Hollywood Cinema and Lesbian Representability, and the co-author with Timothy Corrigan of The Film Experience: An Introduction and co-editor, with Corrigan and Meta Mazaj, of Critical Visions in Film Theory. She's published numerous book chapters on gender and sexuality in cinema and essays in journals including Screen and Cinema Journal.  A longtime member of the editorial collective of Camera Obscura, the leading journal of feminism, media, and culture, she now serves on its advisory board, as well as on the editorial board of Film Quarterly.

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Debra Zimmerman, Ex Officio, Executive Director, Women Make Movies

Debra Zimmerman has been the Executive Director of Women Make Movies, a non-profit NY based film organization that supports women filmmakers, since 1983. During her tenure it has grown into the largest distributor of films by and about women in the world. WMM’s internationally recognized Production Assistance Program has helped hundreds of women get their films made. Films from WMM programs have been nominated or won Academy Awards for the last eight years.

She is in great demand around the world as a speaker on independent film distribution, marketing and financing as well as on women's film. She has moderated panels and given master classes at the Sundance Film Festival, MIPDOC and Reel Screen as well as film festivals in Europe, Africa, Asia and South America. Zimmerman has been closely affiliated with the International Documentary Film Festival (IDFA) as the co-host of the Talk of the Day and as a tutor for their Summer Film Academy. She has been on the juries of festivals around the world including the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, the Cartagena Film Festival (FICCI), and the Leipzig International Documentary Film Festival, among others. In addition, she has mentored filmmakers at the Ex-Oriente Film Workshop in Vienna, the Sheffield DocuFest and for many years at the National Alliance of Latino Independent Producers’ (NALIP) Academy. She sits on the Board of Directors of Cinema Tropical, a resource for Latino independent filmmakers and on the Advisory Board of the Center for Social Media at American University. She is the recipient of New York Women in Film and Television’s Loreen Arbus Award and Hot Doc’s 2013 Doc Mogul Award, given to those who "over the course of their career has made an essential contribution to the creative vitality of the documentary industry, both in his or her country or abroad."

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